MMORPG Irth Online From Magic Hat Software to Use Mystic’s Emotion FX Technology
DEDHAM, MA – JANUARY 31, 2005 – According to the terms of an agreement signed yesterday, Magic Hat Software’s upcoming MMORPG Irth Online (www.irthonline.com), scheduled for release in 2Q05, will use Mystic Game Development’s EMotion FX real-time character animation technology.

“Using EMotion FX, we are able to add realistic characters and other animated objects into Irth Online within hours,” said Dennis Robinson, Lead Developer of Irth Online. “This technology allows us to create a better quality game, and saves us a lot of development time in the process.”

Irth Online is a virtual world in which players role play characters in a free form, fantasy-based storyline. Players join Irth’s history at a period when a fragile truce exists among the far flung civilizations of the snowy Arcadians in the north, the southeastern swamps and marshes of Morbus, and the southwestern tropical region of Mezoteks – and determine the course of history for each civilization.

The persistent world environment of Irth Online features an open ended skill system. Players may learn any skill offered in the game without facing limitations of race or class. Irth Online's advancement system has a unique skill-over-time feature, allowing all characters to enjoy adventures together, regardless of experience level.

Player battle and fighting include PvE (Player vs. Environment) and PvP (Player vs. Player). Also included either at launch (or shortly thereafter) will be instance-based thievery, looting, and justice, as well as the ability to fully explore, travel, or wage war on the ground, on the sea, and in the air. Opportunities for non-warfare gameplay are also offered, along with safe areas for peaceable players.

"I am delighted that Magic Hat Software joined our growing customer base in the USA," commented John van der Burg, Development Director at Mystic Game Development. "We look forward to working with the folks at Magic Hat Software to deliver a superior quality game on time and within budget."

EMotion FX is a real-time character animation system designed to be plugged into any 3D engine, game, or any other product. It gives the Irth Online development team an enhanced and fast character animation pipeline so that they can accelerate their production of characters that are as life-like and emotionally expressive as possible.

About Magic Hat Software
Magic Hat Software (www.magichatsoftware.com) was established in July 2003 in Massachusetts. The development team behind MHS has worked closely together on creating innovative non-commercial MMORPG servers and clients since 1996. The team is committed to the idea of creating a virtual world without artificial limits on player behavior or play style, and trusting players to determine their own game experience. Irth Online is Magic Hat Software’s first commercial MMORPG.

About Mystic Game Development
EMotion FX 2.15 is the latest version of Mystic Game Development’s real-time character animation system, which offers leading edge functionality and performance, and plugs in to the art production line and rendering engines of developers in a powerful and flexible way. Founded in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1999, Mystic Game Development is a provider of game focused technology used by leading game developers such as Mythic Entertainment, Gravity Corporation, Nexon Corporation, IMC Games, AvalonSoft, Piranha Bytes, EGN Co., and DragonFly GF.
For more information, visit www.mysticgd.com and www.emotionfx.com.
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