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Turbine signs global deal with Kynogon for its massively multiplayer online games

Paris/France, Westwood/Massachusetts - December 14, 2006 - Kynogon, the gaming industry leader of A.I. middleware solutions, and Turbine, Inc., a premier publisher of massively multiplayer online games, have announced that Kynapse will be used for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar and Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

"Choosing Kynapse was a strategic decision for Turbine. We required an AI middleware solution that could be easily integrated into Turbine's state of the art MMO game engine. The solution needed to be flexible enough to support both the large, seamless landscapes found in The Lord of the Rings Online and the fast-paced, action-combat of Dungeons and Dragons Online," said Chris Dyl, CTO of Turbine, Inc. "Kynapse's technology and toolset allows Turbine to set a new bar for the quality of AI in an MMORPG which is key to providing the best online gaming experience for our customers."

"Turbine is a leader and innovator in the massively multiplayer online games industry. We are very pleased to build a long term strategic relationship with them. We have been working hard on the development of our "Large Scale AI" solution and Turbine shows us that we were aiming in the right direction. I also believe that our experience in the serious gaming industry helped us offer Turbine a solution adapted to massively multiplayer online titles," commented Pierre Pontevia, CEO of Kynogon. "We are very proud and excited to work with Turbine."

About Kynogon

Kynogon develops and markets A.I. software for real-time behavior simulation. Kynogon's technology is used by the world's leading game developers (Electronic Arts, Sega, Atari, Real Time Worlds, Lionhead Studios, Pyro Studios, Artificial Mind & Movement, ...) as well as industry leaders (EADS, British Aerospace, ...) Kynogon has 6 years experience providing AI production solutions for the games industry, working with our clients from preproduction to gold master. The company's latest offering is Kynapse, a unique A.I. engine. With Kynapse, Non Player Characters can move around in any 3D dynamic world, understand their environment, hide, communicate, cooperate, drive vehicles, etc. For more information please visit

About Turbine

Turbine, Inc. is a premier developer, publisher and operator of online games and entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts. The company is one of the largest privately-held online games companies in North America. Turbine's catalogue includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron's Call®, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: Stormreach, and The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. For more information on Turbine and its services, please visit

® 2006 Kynapse/Turbine. Kynogon is a trademark or registered trademark of Kynogon Inc. and Turbine, "The Lord of the Rings Online", "Dungeons & Dragons Online" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Turbine, Inc. or its licensors in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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