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Behind the forestry of Empire: Total War.


COLUMBIA, SC – Speed Tree®RT will appear in Empire: Total War™, the latest entry in SEGA® Corporation’s award-winning series of historically-based, real-time strategy games. Empire: Total War, developed by SEGA Europe studio The Creative Assembly, is the fifth installment in the Total War line and offers players control over the economic, political and military forces of the 18th century. The game is the first in the series to include real-time naval combat.

“SpeedTree was licensed to bring visual richness to the title, as well as to provide convincing visual barriers, natural obstacles and strategic hiding places,” said Gary Dunn, Managing Director, European Development, SEGA Europe. “Our focus on creating a compelling gaming experience, combined with the challenges and opportunities that faced the empire builders of this era, make this a particularly excellent game.”

Empire: Total War is scheduled for download and retail release on March 4, 2009. SEGA® Corporation is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home, encompassing consumer business, amusement machine sales and amusement center operations. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA® Corporation's Web site is located at http://sega.jp

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 200 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 real-time 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.


March 3, 2009 Kevin Meredith

(803) 356-1999 | meredith@idvinc.com

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