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Softkinetic And Virtools Team-Up To Deliver Innovative 3D Game Development Solutions

Leading 3D Gesture Recognition Company and Premier 3D Interactive Real-Time Engine Provider Join Forces to Provide Developers with Tools to Create Immersive and Intuitive Gameplay Experiences


SAN FRANCISCO - February 18, 2008 - Softkinetic S.A. announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) a partnership with 3DVIA's Virtools to incorporate its gesture recognition application as part of Virtools' suite of integrated 3D software solutions. The collaboration provides video game creators with a comprehensive software solution for building real-time 3D experiences with superior graphics and complex interactivity. Initially, Softkinetic's iisu TM technology will be fully compatible and integrated with Virtools 4.1 development platform. It is the most comprehensive solution for building and deploying 3D experiences on personal computers, game consoles, and the web.

"Softkinetic's iisu technology will enhance Virtools 4 product line that is known for its unique behavioral engine," said Virgile Delporte Vice President of Electronic Entertainment, 3DVIA. "Our partnership with Softkinetic will bring innovation to the growing market of experiential, 3D games."

"We have been using Virtools for more than four years as our 3D engine and game development tool," said Michel Tombroff, Softkinetic's CEO. "Partnering with Virtools, a world leader in 3D solutions, to bring marker-less full-body 3D gesture recognition to life was a natural choice for us."

Softkinetic's patent pending iisu TM 3D gesture recognition software takes interactivity to a new level allowing players to interact directly with the games, through a 3D camera, without the need for a controller. The iisu TM middleware platform supports all available 3D depth sensing cameras and insulates game and application developers from the low-level technicalities of the cameras. A rich set of interfaces allows developers to focus on gameplay design and development and dramatically reduces development cycles. Softkinetic's iisu TM is delivered as a Software Development Kit (SDK) to developers, and includes technical consulting, 3D graphics and application development services.

About Softkinetic

Softkinetic is the leading provider of natural interfaces that transform the way people interact with the digital world. Softkinetic enables a fully immersive, transparent and intuitive user experience by providing 3D real-time gesture recognition middleware to interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, and serious games companies. Softkinetic, iisu, and Interface Is You are trademarks or registered trademarks of Softkinetic S.A.

About 3DVIA

3DVIA is Dassault Systèmes' brand for lifelike 3D product experiences. 3DVIA extends 3D to new users, businesses and consumers in order to create new communities with 3D as the common language. With its open web services-based architecture, it enables high-performance distribution of 3D content. 3DVIA also delivers authoring products that revolutionize 3D product publishing and the Virtools platform for developing interactive, real-time applications. For more information about 3DVIA, go to:

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit


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