Press Release –
Durham, NC â€“ Funcom, a leading developer of multi award-winning games like Anarchy Online and The Longest Journey, has licensed SpeedTreeÂ®RT for their upcoming Online Action RPG Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures.
â€œThe partnership with IDV and SpeedTree helps us ensure that Funcom can continue its tradition of creating visual excellence in games,â€ said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom.
â€œThe integration of the middleware was exceptionally easy, but the results were amazingly realistic," said PÃ¥l Hansen, Funcom Project Manager. "We are thrilled to be working with SpeedTree and when our players see the results in Age of Conan, they will be too.â€
In â€˜Age of Conanâ€™ the players will encounter a dark, lush, violent and sinful universe, presented in fantastic graphics and stunning 7.1 surround audio. In a world filled with cruel gods, mythical creatures, lost civilizations and a struggling human race, the mighty barbarian has finally seized the throne as king of Aquilonia. But Conanâ€™s rule is on the brink of chaos, spiraling towards the doom of ancient evils. In this twisted fantasy world, dark magic and brutal combat lurks around every corner, and each man and woman must carve their own unique destiny under Conanâ€™s reign.
â€œAge of Conan â€“ Hyborian Adventuresâ€ is scheduled for a Windows release in Q4 2006. The game won the Gamespot award as â€œBest MMOâ€ of E3 2005, as well as being runner-up as the â€œMost Innovative Game of Showâ€. It recently also won an MMORPG.com award as their â€œMost anticipated MMO of 2006â€.
Screenshots are available at http://www.ageofconan.com/conan/media/screenshots/index.html
ABOUT FUNCOM – Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include â€˜The Longest Journeyâ€™ and â€˜Anarchy Onlineâ€™. For corporate information please visit http://www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visit http://www.anarchy-online.com , http://www.dreamfall.com or http://www.ageofconan.com.
SpeedTreeRT, winner of the 2005 Front Line Award for middleware, delivers highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, user-configurable and seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree, plant and marine models representing more than 170 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 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 http://www.idvinc.com.