Unity Technologies to Showcase Development Platform at Game Developers Conference (GDC)

  

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 1, 2011– Today at GDC, Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity development platform for games and interactive 3D on the web, iOS, Android, consoles and beyond, announced that, Rochard, the first game authored on the Unity platform for the PlayStation ® Network, will be shown at Unity Technologies' booth #1416. Developed by Recoil Games  founded by former Remedy Entertainment team members and published by Sony Online Entertainment LLC, Rochard is scheduled to be released this spring and features the adventures of hero John Rochard as he manipulates gravity in inventive ways to solve puzzles, defeat enemies and bring down the most evil of bosses.

"As development on Rochard began, our team was blown away by the capabilities of the Unity platform," said Kalle Kaivola, Producer at Recoil Games. "We found our designers could dive into scripts and build functioning prototypes independently and nail down core gameplay elements efficiently by editing objects in run-time. Unity allows us so much flexibility; it was clearly the most powerful engine choice we could hope for Rochard."

“Unity has become the 3D authoring platform of choice for more than 400,000 developers and our vision has always been to build a unified platform for game development that offers the broadest market support,” said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies.“Last year we introduced support for the PlayStation ® 3 and are excited to support the first commercial releases on the platform. In the future we look forward to continuing to expand the reach of our customers’ games to new platforms and audiences." 

Unity provides a real-time 3D authoring tool for the video games industry. With a community of developers and with thousands of Unity-authored video game titles available on the Web, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PS3 , Xbox 360, and Wii, Unity is the industry’s leading game development platform and middleware company. Unity’s customers range from small, independent video game studios to large publishers such as Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. Games like Bigpoint’s Battlestar Galactica Online and Electronic Arts’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online are created with and powered by Unity. 

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About Rochard

Rochard, an action packed side-scrolling puzzle platformerfor the PlayStation ® Network, follows the story of the humble astro-miner John Rochard as he uses his wits and everyday mining tools to fend off space pirates, save his team of missing  miners and solve the mystery behind  the discovery of an ancient alien artifact. Rochard tests players’ coordination and wits as they manipulate gravity to their advantage, changing it at will to solve environmental puzzles and advance through each level. By using the upgradable G-Lifter, the main tool of the game, players can lift and maneuver heavy objects around the environment, and eventually swing, jump and propel themselves huge distances throughout each level. Rochard is slated for release this spring on the PlayStation ®Network. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.rochardthegame.com.

About Recoil Games

Recoil Games is a privately-held game development company focused on the creation of original entertainment properties for games and other media. The company's core expertise is in the development of premium console games that bring together adventure, gameplay and action in exciting new ways. Central to Recoil's strategy is also the use of deep story lines, engaging characters and immersive game worlds in maximizing the appeal of its properties. Recoil is based in Helsinki, Finland.http://www.recoilgames.com/. Recoil Games and Rochard are registered trademarks or trademarks of Recoil Games, Ltd.

About Unity Technologies

Unity Technologies is revolutionizing the game industry with Unity, its award-winning breakthrough development platform. Unity Technologies has more than 400,000 registered users worldwide - including Bigpoint, Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Disney, Electronic Arts, LEGO, Microsoft, NASA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., large and small studios, indies, students and hobbyists - all using Unity to create games and interactive 3D, like training simulations and medical and architectural visualizations, on the web, mobile, consoles and beyond. Unity Technologies is aggressively innovating to expand usability, power and platform reach along with its Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game syndication so that it can deliver on its vision of democratizing interactive 3D technology. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has development offices worldwide. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online game console and wireless devices. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, PlanetSide ®, and the recently launched DC Universe Online™, as well as kids’ hit titles Free Realms® and Clone Wars Adventures, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Tucson, AZ, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development across various platforms and genres for audiences of all ages.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest, Free Realms and PlanetSide are registered trademarks and Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Media Contacts:                           

Amber Rowland

The Rowland Agency for Unity Technologies                                   

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Chris Clarke

Freeform Communications for Unity Technologies                                   

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Shaun Norton

Sandbox Strategies for Recoil

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