Monday 10th November/...Geomerics, the Cambridge, UK, based developer of cutting-edge graphics technology for videogames has announced its pioneering Enlighten technology has been licensed by CCP in a multi-product deal. The first use of this license will be seen in a forthcoming update for EVE Online, one of the world’s most popular massively multiplayer online games (MMOG).
EVE Online is set in a futuristic persistent world where players take the role of spaceship pilots in a vast, complex and frequently hostile galaxy. Currently EVE players are only presented with an external view of their universe. But in a new expansion planned for 2009, code-named‘Walking in Stations’, players will for the first time be able to create fully articulated avatars of their character, to socialize with other pilots and explore interiors of space stations in New Eden for the first time.
In order to create the most beautiful and exciting interiors, CCP have turned to the market-leading lighting product Enlighten. Enlighten empowers artists to create vivid and dynamic worlds in unrivalled detail. It is the only truly next-gen technology that offers dynamic radiosity in a runtime environment, providing the designers of EVE Online with the speed and flexibility necessary to create interior worlds that to date have only been seen in film.
Gary Lewis, CEO Geomerics, commented,“The goal of Enlighten is to expand the boundaries of what is possible inside any game world. With a product such as EVE Online, and a partner such as CCP, we know our technology is being used to create truly revolutionary environments that would not have been possible without Enlighten.”
Halldór Fannar, CTO CCP continued:“Real-time computer graphics hardware has advanced greatly in the last 10 years and we’ve made good progress in the lighting methods used in games. However, optical interaction between lit surfaces has always been missing and this is a key component for the visual fidelity that we are now working with at CPP. Enlighten solves this complex problem and that’s why we chose it.‘
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About Geomerics Ltd
Geomerics is an innovation-led company specialising in graphics software for the games industry and beyond. It is built on a combination of advanced in-house IP, a world-class research team, and strong management experience. The company’s first product is Enlighten. Enlighten radically transforms the way that lighting is handled in computer games. Instead of pre-baking the effects of global illumination into the scene they can now be computed at run time, allowing for fully dynamic lighting. This dramatically enhances realism as well as opening up a new world of creative possibilities for designers and artists. Further information can be found on www.geomerics.com
About EVE Online
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With nearly a quarter of a million subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.
Definition of Subscribers
EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.
CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCP’s international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company's website, www.ccpgames.com.