SOURCE: Emergent

March 06, 2007 09:00 ET

Bethesda Softworks Licenses Emergent's Gamebryo Element to Bring Oblivion to Life on the PLAYSTATION®3

CALABASAS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- Emergent Game Technologies today announced that Bethesda Softworks licensed the Gamebryo Element, its flexible game engine and toolset, for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system development. Having purchased the license last fall, Bethesda has been using Gamebryo to develop its recent breakout hit, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Oblivion™, for the PLAYSTATION®3 system. Bethesda created Oblivion for the Xbox 360 and PC using Gamebryo.

"Oblivion has been hailed as one of the most beautiful games ever made, and we expect it to set the same high standard on the PS3," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Gamebryo provides us with a great platform for next generation cross-platform development."

"Emergent solutions are crafted to help our customers meet every challenge they face -- and developing games that make full use of the power of next-generation consoles is one of the biggest challenges in game development today," says Geoffrey Selzer, CEO of Emergent. "It's gratifying to see Gamebryo being used by such exceptional craftspeople to create amazing gaming experiences like Oblivion -- on every major platform."

The Gamebryo Element 2.2, a powerful framework for cross-platform development, is optimized for development on PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360™, Xbox Live Arcade and PC. Gamebryo brings a host of new capabilities to PS3 developers, including Floodgate, an advanced API that helps developers squeeze the most processing power out of every processing unit.

A stand-alone solution, Gamebryo is also now available as part of Emergent Elements, a family of modular tools addressing the full range of game development challenges.

Emergent: At the core of progressive game development

Emergent Game Technologies provides flexible technologies and services that give developers an unmatched range of integrated capabilities for building, testing and managing games. These proven, stand-alone solutions, known as Emergent Elements, include the award-winning Gamebryo game engine used to create hit next-generation games for the "PLAYSTATION®3," Xbox 360™ and PC. Emergent Elements give developers the flexibility they need to fuel creativity while reducing risk.

Emergent is headquartered in Calabasas, Calif., and has offices in Chapel Hill, NC, Walnut Creek, Calif., Austin, Texas and London. To learn more, visit www.emergent.net.

About Bethesda Softworks

Headquartered in Rockville, MD, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc., is a premier developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles. Among Bethesda's more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series and Fallout®, as well as its licensed properties, Pirates of the Caribbean™ and Star Trek®. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

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