LOS ANGELES, Calif. â€“ Video game publisher Digital Jesters announced today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) its exclusive support of AGEIATM Technologies' revolutionary PhysXTM processor and NovodeXTM physics software for all future games. The first Digital Jesters published game to utilize these technologies will be Bet on Soldier, a first-person shooter available for the PC that launches this summer in the US and worldwide.
The AGEIA PhysX processor is a revolutionary new category of processor that will help redefine how physics in video games are perceived, featuring the Physics Processing Unit the next milestone in the evolution of game acceleration hardware. AGEIA's NovodeX physics software is also uniquely equipped for this revolution in hardware-accelerated physics, and is the only multi-threaded physics API that can unleash the power of multiprocessor systems.
"We have always been keen to work with the most advanced technology available for our games, and these tools from AGEIA allow our developers to be on the cutting edge in their fields," said Leo Zullo, Digital Jesters co-founder and marketing director.
As a new alternative to global publishing for developers, Digital Jesters has released a string of high profile titles in its 18 months of existence and continues to push the envelope on original games in an age of sequels and licenses. Bet on Soldier is one such example with its innovative betting system in a first-person shooter combined with revolutionary physics technology.
"Digital Jesters has demonstrated a commitment to publishing truly innovative games, and we're thrilled to support that trend by licensing our unique physics tools to them for game development of the highest caliber," said Andy Keane, vice president of marketing for AGEIA.
Digital Jesters will be demonstrating Bet on Soldier at E3 this week in Los Angeles.
AGEIATM Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company and the pioneer of hardware-accelerated physics for games. Its flagship product, the PhysX processor, is the world's first dedicated physics processing unit â€“ a completely new hardware category. The PhysX processor and supporting software deliver the processing horsepower to calculate real-time interactive worlds. Developers can define these worlds to obey the laws of classical physics, or create their own physical laws that make their game a unique, hyper-dimensional experience.
AGEIA seeks to ignite innovation in the games industry by working with leading developers, publishers, add-in board vendors and console manufacturers to deliver the next generation of physically immersive entertainment. Consumer add-in boards and systems equipped with the AGEIA PhysX processor and games that take advantage of the technology will be available in late 2005. For more information visit www.ageia.com.
About Digital Jesters
Founded in 2003, Digital Jesters is a British-based publisher of computer and video games. This summer, the company is introducing Bet on Soldier, a first-person shooter that received critical acclaim throughout Europe. Set up by the duo responsible for launching and establishing the Sudden Strike and Cossacks series of games in the UK, the firm's remit is simple: to source and publish the best games available. Digital Jesters' commitment to originality resulted in snapping up the original TrackMania game from French developer Nadeo and with the ethos of community development, the game quickly became one of the sleeper hits of the year. A tie-in with record-breaking yachtswoman Ellen Macarthur for the firm's second release, Virtual Skipper 3, ensured the game received widespread attention among the elusive non-gamer, and firmly placed the publisher on the map.