Gods & Heroes: Rome Risingâ„¢ To Feature SpeedTreeRTâ„¢
Company: IDV
COLUMBIA, SC – Perpetual Entertainment has licensed SpeedTreeRT™ for Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising™, a new massively multi-player online game by the makers of Star Trek Online and the designer of Diablo II.

The game will be set in Rome around 300 BC, when the powerful but still growing Republic faced myriad enemies, including the Carthaginians, Gauls, and Samnites. Players will also face threats from Gorgons, Cyclopes, Furies and other terrible creatures. Players will assume the roles of heroic Romans, descended from gods, who strive to expand and protect the Republic. SpeedTree’s highly realistic trees, plants and adjustable wind effects will add to the beauty of ancient Rome, while maintaining a low polygon count. The technology has also been used in other upcoming massively multi-player online games such as Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and Auto Assault.

“SpeedTree was a natural choice for bringing realism to wide-ranging Ancient Rome,” said Chris McKibbin, Co-Founder and President of Perpetual Entertainment, and Executive Producer of Gods and Heroes.

“From the shores of the River Styx to the Roman Vineyards,” Mr. McKibbin said, “there is no better product for bringing organic landscapes to life.”

Designed by Stieg Hedlund, the lead designer of Diablo II, Gods and Heroes will deliver a wealth of content, including over 1,250 quests at the time of launch. Additional lands and pantheons of gods will be introduced in future expansions. For more information about Gods and Heroes, visit www.godsandheroes.com.

About Perpetual Entertainment, Inc.
Perpetual Entertainment is a San Francisco based producer, publisher, and operator of networked multi-player and massively multi-player games for the PC and next-generation videogame consoles. Perpetual Entertainment was founded and is staffed by industry veterans dedicated to the vision that playing games together is simply more fun, more challenging, and more rewarding than playing alone. For more information visit the web site at www.perpetual.com.

SpeedTreeRT delivers low-polygon, highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree, plant and marine models from more than 160 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 realtime 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.
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