Virtools to Support the Next Generation Xbox Platform

San Francisco, CA, March 9, 2005 - Virtools™, the leading provider of interactive 3D authoring tools, announces today its support as a partner for the next generation Xbox® platform. This partnership will ensure early compatibility with the next generation Xbox platform.

Strong support of the next generation Xbox platform puts Virtools in the list of the upcoming major actors of the video game middleware industry. Virtools solutions help game studios deliver complex, high-quality 3D titles that meet the high-definition experience gamers will be demanding as we move forward into the next generation consoles.

"Virtools is proud to be part of the Microsoft's next generation Xbox platform. Our objective is to provide our clients with even stronger middleware for the next generation and to give access to the Virtools' innovative development approach for Microsoft's powerful future platforms", says Bertrand DUPLAT, President and CTO of Virtools.

About Xbox

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia .

About Virtools™

Virtools launched its commercial activities in 1993 with consulting and services targeting interactive real-time 3D. With vital industry needs in mind, Virtools built the company's initial software solution, Virtools Dev. As an Independent Software Vendor since Q4 1999, Virtools has become the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building innovative, highly interactive 3D content.

With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games, along with applications in the fields of industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia.

Virtools clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Microïds, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online, Blue Fang Games and Ubisoft, as well as industry leaders such as Procter & Gamble, EDF, EADS, CEA, PSA Peugeot Citroen, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, American Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks/Renault, Arte TV and L'Oréal.

Among its partners in the gaming industry, Virtools counts Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia/ATI, Discreet, Alias, Newtek, Softimage, Havok and NxN.

For more information, visit www.virtools.com

Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


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