Darkworks SDK Brings 3D Capabilities to Unreal Engine 3
PARIS & CARY, N.C. — Darkworks, the Paris-based action adventure game developer and video game tools provider, today announced that TriOviz for Games SDK has been accepted into Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 Integrated Partners Program (IPP).
“Darkworks is already a recognized leader in the console 3D video game space,” said Alexis Arragon, TriOviz Product Manager at Darkworks. “Partnering with an industry leader like Epic Games is a huge boost for us and it happens at a time when game developers are looking to create robust 3D experiences to meet growing consumer demand. With this relationship, Epic and UE3 licensees will have 3D stereoscopic capability at their fingertips.”
The TriOviz for Games SDK leverages existing three-dimensional graphics information in-game to greatly enhance depth-of-field (DOF), geometry volume and position as well as characters within a scene. This approach negates the need for rendering multiple images, so TriOviz for Games runs at full-frame rate on consoles, enabling developers to maintain the resolution, performance and game play integrity of their AAA console games while running in 3D stereoscopic mode.
“TriOviz and Unreal Engine 3 were used to ship Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition in stereoscopic 3D on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so this is proven technology,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “What I like about the latest version of TriOviz is that, with their offering, our engine can support not only the highest quality solution for customers with the latest 3D TVs, such as a PlayStation 3 with a Sony Bravia 3D TV, but also a colored-glasses 3D solution for customers who don’t have a 3D-capable TV. This means users of TriOviz-licensed games can experience stereoscopic 3D on consoles no matter what their budget, and the effort that developers put into making great 3D experiences with it isn’t limited to a small audience of early 3D TV adopters. Combining the best 3D SDK for games with the power of UE3 gives our licensees a huge advantage in enabling AAA 3D experiences for their entire audience.”
TriOviz integration is streamlined and can be implemented very quickly, requiring approximately one week to enhance a game with 3D. Integrating the SDK is much like incorporating a shader, so most development teams already have the tools and expertise needed to implement TriOviz seamlessly.
TriOviz will be available to all UE3 licensees via Epic’s support site, the Unreal Developer Network (udn.epicgames.com), next month.
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About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics and best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features in addition to multi-core processor support, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 optimizations, massive world support and a highly mature tool pipeline. Unreal Engine 3’s consistently evolving toolset is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for PC and console games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, visualizations and real-time 3D animation. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained through the Unreal Engine website at http://www.unrealengine.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, N.C. and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” franchise has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and won more than 30 Game of the Year awards. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the four-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games website at http://www.epicgames.com.
About Darkworks SA
Founded in 1988 by Antoine Villette and Guillaume Gouraud, Darkworks is a VC-backed original IP house based in Paris, France. In addition to game and IP development activities such as the critically-acclaimed Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare and Cold Fear, Darkworks develops future generation R&D. Darkworks has partnered with TriOviz SAS to deliver 3D stereoscopic game technology through its Darkworks Labs.
About TriOviz SAS
TriOviz is a Paris-based company specialized in computer vision science and stereoscopic applications. After three years of Research & Development, TriOviz has launched a brand new technology to display the 3D experience on regular 2D TV screens with incredible quality. TriOviz breakthrough technology is live, available today, and unique on the market.
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