SOURCE: Emergent Game Technologies

April 29, 2008 09:00 ET

Emergent Game Technologies' Online Strength Shines With WorldShift

Gamebryo Helps Create Another Exceptional Massively Multiplayer Real Time Strategy Game

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Emergent Game Technologies announced today that its award-winning Gamebryo video game development platform was used in Black Sea Studio's highly anticipated title, WorldShift. WorldShift, currently in open beta, is a next-generation cyber-fantasy RTS set in the distant future of Earth. For the first time ever, with WorldShift, Black Sea Studios introduced many new features in the RTS genre, like outstanding co-operative online gameplay, persistent specializations and modifiable factions.

The stunning online title is being previewed as "looking really nice, with shiny graphics and detailed units... WorldShift is poised to earn a variety of fans," by editors at IGN.

"This combination of an RTS and MMO exemplifies the flexibility and modularity of our technology," said Geoffrey Selzer, CEO of Emergent. "We are dedicated to providing technology that enables studios like Black Sea to create beautiful, unique and creative games without limitations. WorldShift is a fantastic example of what you can do with Gamebryo and we are delighted to have worked with Black Sea on this title."

"Gamebryo's suite of programming tools has enabled our development team to deliver what is sure to be an amazing online RTS game experience," said Vesselin Handjiev, Managing Director of Black Sea Studios. "We found Gamebryo to be the most robust and flexible platform out there. With it we were able to fully focus on designing and implementing all the innovative features in WorldShift, like multiplayer co-op gameplay for example, which we are happy to see many other RTS developers are now starting to adopt as well."

WorldShift went open beta in February with full release expected later this year. The title will be published in different territories by Black Inc., a division of RTL Games GmbH., by Akella and by FX Interactive.

About Gamebryo

Gamebryo has been fully optimized for development on PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360™, PC and Wii™, and has recently gained attention as the engine used in Bethesda Softworks' record-breaking Xbox 360™, PLAYSTATION®3 and PC title, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and on its upcoming Fallout 3 across the same platforms. Gamebryo is also being used by EA-Mythic on its upcoming Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Gamebryo is a mature software product that ships with 3,500 pages of fully indexed, searchable documentation. To date, Gamebryo has been used in more than 200 games titles ranging from massively multiplayer online games, high-end retail games across multiple genres, and casual games.

About Emergent

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 include the award-winning Gamebryo game engine used to create hit next-generation games for the Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360™, and PC. Emergent gives developers the flexibility they need to fuel creativity while reducing risk.

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

About Black Sea Studios

Established in 2001 in Sofia, Bulgaria, Black Sea Studios is the leading game developer in South-Eastern Europe. The company's game development philosophy emphasizes on the gameplay fun factor and innovation. To learn more, visit www.blackseastudios.com.

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