SAN FRANCISCO â€“ March 7, 2007 â€“ Avatar Reality, Inc., a new development entity dedicated to the advancement of online community building, today announced that they will become the first company to license Crytekâ€™s new game middleware, CryENGINEâ„¢2, for use in creating their recently announced massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW). Set in Terraformed Mars, Avatar Realityâ€™s MMVW will allow players to live their fantasy lives by creating personalized characters, or avatars, in a beautiful environment.
â€œCryENGINE2 is able to render the most beautiful images, in real-time, that Iâ€™ve ever seen in my 20 years in the computer graphics industry,â€ said Kazuyuki Hashimoto, president of Avatar Reality, Inc. â€We are certain that the quality of these stunning, realistic images stemmed from the technology and not just talented artists. After viewing the images, there is no question that CryENGINE2 is the perfect engine for us to use to build our massively multiplayer virtual world.â€
First demonstrated to the public today at The Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CryENGINE2 provides multiple state-of-the-art features including a next- generation real-time renderer, multi-threaded physics engine, character animation system, integrated WYSIWYP sandbox editor, sound editor with interactive dynamic sound system, advanced AI system, resource compiler and a network client and server system.
â€œWe are very proud to have been chosen as a technology partner for Avatar Reality,â€ said Cevat Yerli, president and CEO of Crytek. â€œThey possess creativity and talent that is extremely rare for our industry and combining that with our technology, we are sure that the new MMVW will be a huge success!â€
About Avatar Reality, Inc.
Founded in December of 2006, Avatar Reality, Inc. is developing a new massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW) featuring stunning graphics, realistic characters and endless social bonding opportunities. The Honolulu-based company consists of multiple well-known and award-winning game developers including Henk Rogers, founder of Blue Planet Software, Blue Lava Wireless and The Tetris Company and Kazuyuki Hashimoto, former vice president of technology at Electronic Arts (EA) and chief technical officer of Square USA. Prominent members of Avatar Realityâ€™s advisory board also include: Minoru Arakawa, former president of Nintendo America and Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris.
For more information about Avatar Reality, please visit www.avatar-reality.com.
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