IDV Announces BioWare Will Use SpeedTree®RT Company-Wide
IDV'S SOFTWARE TO BE FEATURED IN DRAGON AGE™, OTHER PROJECTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBIA, SC, Feb. 13, 2007 - Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. has announced that BioWare Corp., developer of numerous best-selling games, including Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights and the Baldur's Gate series, has licensed use of IDV's award-winning SpeedTree®RT software company-wide.
"Within days of downloading the software, we had beautiful, shadowed, deciduous trees running in our upcoming title, Dragon Age," said Trent Oster, Eclipse Engine project director for BioWare. "Based on the visual quality and the ease of integration, we signed a multi-game, company-wide licensing deal for SpeedTree."
IDV officials said the relationship ensures that BioWare's future titles will meet the highest standards of outdoor beauty and efficiency. "The fans of BioWare's past efforts will continue to see outstanding products," said IDV President Michael Sechrest. "The broad adoption of SpeedTree means our technology gets to be a part of this ongoing excellence."
BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company which develops computer and console video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. BioWare's developers are hard at work on Mass Effect, a brand new BioWare-created intellectual property, and an Xbox 360 exclusive, to be published by Microsoft. Mass Effect is an epic science-fiction role-playing game set in a spectacular new vision of the future. BioWare's new studio in Austin, Texas, has begun work on a new massively multiplayer online game, marking BioWare's entry into the MMO space. In 2006, BioWare formed a new group to develop games for handheld platforms, beginning with the Nintendo DS. Jade Empire, BioWare's first game based on a BioWarecreated intellectual property, was released for Xbox in April 2005 to critical and commercial success, with a PC version scheduled for release early 2007. BioWare is also hard at work on Dragon Age, a high fantasy RPG set in another brand-new world created and owned by BioWare. BioWare's Technology Architecture Group is also developing the cutting-edge next-generation BioWare Eclipse Engine technology for multiple platforms. BioWare has an online fan community at www.bioware.com consisting of over 3 million registered users who regularly connect to discuss the company's current and future games. In November 2004, the company launched the BioWare Online Store at store.bioware.com, where fans can purchase new content for their favorite BioWare titles and merchandise. Previously published projects include: the action-RPG of 2005 for Xbox, Jade Empire; the 2003 Game of the Year, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic for PC and Xbox; the award-winning Neverwinter Nights series; the genredefining Baldur's Gate role-playing game series for the PC; MDK2 for Dreamcast and PC, MDK2: Armageddon for PlayStation®2, and Shattered Steel. Employment information at BioWare can be found online at jobs.bioware.com.
Dragon Age, one of a number of titles in development at BioWare that will feature SpeedTreeRT, is a fantasy role-playing game. Utilizing BioWare's Eclipse game engine, Dragon Age will feature stunning visuals with a tantalizing blend of the exploration and combat of Baldur's Gate, the multiplayer gameplay and community support of Neverwinter Nights, and a cinematic gameplay experience from BioWare, the developer of Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic.
SpeedTreeRT, winner of the 2005 Front Line Award for middleware, delivers highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, user-configurable and seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree, plant and marine models representing more than 170 core species. SpeedTreeRT includes SpeedTreeCAD, a Windows application used to create and edit animated trees in real-time.
Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV), develops software products with a focus on realtime three dimensional applications for the game development, visual simulation, engineering visualization, and animation industries. IDV, a privately held corporation, was founded in 1999 in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information about IDV, visit www.idvinc.com.
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