Magic Hat Software’s MMORPG Irth Online to Use Idv’s SpeedTree Technology
DEDHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 3, 2005 – Magic Hat Software (www.magichatsoftware.com) has announced its new MMORPG Irth Online (www.irthonline.com), scheduled for release in 2Q05, will use SpeedTreeRT™, the real-time foliage rendering technology from Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (www.idvinc.com).

“We’re using SpeedTreeRT because it allows us to create the most visually impressive foliage possible for the three civilizations in Irth Online -- the snowy Frei in the north, the southern swamplands of Tian Zhen, and the eastern deserts of Miquatica,” said Dennis Robinson, Lead Developer. “The technology also allowed us to reduce our development time and cost.”

SpeedTreeRT delivers low-polygon, highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree models from 130 core species.

”The forest screenshots suggest Magic Hat has made outstanding use of our foliage technology,” said Kevin Meredith, director of business development for IDV. “Irth Online players will occupy a world that meets the next generation’s standard in outdoor realism, wind effects and overall beauty.”

About Irth Online
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).

About Magic Hat Software
Magic Hat Software 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 IDV
Interactive Data Visualization develops software products with a focus on real-time 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.

SpeedTreeRT is a trademark of Interactive Data Visualization, Inc.
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