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Virtools previews new development solution for "PSP™" (PlayStation®Portable) at GDC, March 20-24, 2006 in San Jose, Virtools Booth # 1138

Virtools, a Dassault Systèmes company (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), market leader in the world of interactive 3D game prototyping and production solutions, and provider of '3D for All' flagship solutions Virtools Dev 3.5 platform, announced today a preview of its upcoming framework for "PSPTM" development at GDC 2006, Virtools booth #1138.

Virtools announced today the preview of its upcoming framework for "PSPTM" development at GDC, held March 20-24, 2006.

The new solution for "PSPTM" development will enhance the interactive 3D leader's acclaimed suite of development tools. With several thousands of users throughout the world, Virtools provides the tools game developers need to help take the guesswork out of prototyping and streamline full game production.

Virtools Dev is the prototyping software leader with an unparalleled and intuitive graphical scripting system and a library of over 450 ready-to-use behavior building blocks that can be directly attributed to objects, characters, camera, game logic and any other prototype components.

For full game production, the Virtools Dev framework brings together a GUI with graphical and text scripting and debug tools, APIs such as the Dev behavior and render engines, as well as asset integration plug-ins. The framework offers flexibility, performance and the promise of solid, industry-proven development architecture.

Dassault Systèmes '3D for All' strategy aims at making 3D technology widely available to users. This means that anybody from content creators right up to the product end user will have a set of solutions which allow them to imagine, share and experience in 3D. Within this broad initiative, Virtools "PSPTM" development framework is the first step to provide rich experience on the new generation of portable consoles and devices.

"Virtools is very excited to be attending this year's Game Developers Conference. GDC 2006 will be the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our latest development and give attendees a sneak preview of things to come for Virtools and the PSPTM," commented Bertrand Duplat, Virtools CTO.

Come see us at GDC 2006, Virtools Booth: #1138.

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About Virtools

Acquired by Dassault Systèmes in mid-2005, Virtools is the leading provider of comprehensive software solutions for building highly interactive 3D life-like applications.

Virtools 3D real-time technologies and solutions have been used in a wide variety of applications such as simulation of product usage, ergonomic testing, creating the shopping experience, training scenarios, right through to branding, advertising and web marketing applications. Customers include industry leaders such as France Telecom, L'Oréal, Matsushita, Procter & Gamble, PSA, Renault.

Virtools game clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Remedy, Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online and Ubisoft, etc.

Virtools is a licensee of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc's Tools and Middleware Licensing program.

For more information, visit www.virtools.com

About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 90,000 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 life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream product 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®) and SIMULIA TM, DS' open multi-physics platform for realistic simulation. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges.

For more information, visit www.3ds.com

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