December 7, 2005 – Virtools, a Dassault Systèmes company (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), today announced that its technology has been chosen by Nightlight Studios for their next 3D game, “Hurricane Hunters”, commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to be released on PC and Mac. In this serious game, you play a new recruit into the 403rd wing of the United States Air Force Reserve – a group known as the Hurricane Hunters, the only unit in the world flying into hurricanes on a routine basis. As you pilot various aircraft designed for aerial reconnaissance through hurricanes, you will rise through the ranks of Hurricane Hunters by successfully predicting and averting weather disasters in various U.S. cities.
Nightlight conducted an extensive evaluation of middleware technology solutions and concluded that Virtools was the clear choice for rapid, world-class video game development. Developing with Virtools has been a company-wide awakening. The power made available to every branch of game development has amplified everyone's creativity and expedited behavioral innovations. This package emphatically answers the question as to how games should be made." said Javier Garavito, CEO of Nightlight Studios.
With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games. Virtools clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Remedy, Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online and Ubisoft, etc. Among its partners in the gaming industry, Virtools counts Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, ATI, Autodesk, Alias, Newtek, Avid, Havok and Metrowerks.
Along with applications in the field of video Games, Virtools technology is used for industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia applications, counting industry leaders among its clients, such as Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, EDF, EADS, CEA, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, American Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks, Renault, Arte TV and L'Oréal.
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. Since Q4 1999, Virtools is the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building innovative, highly interactive 3D content. In June 2005, Virtools became a fully-owned subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, a leader in the 3D software market.
About Dassault Systèmes
As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges.
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