Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA Studio Game Engine Launches First Social 3D Game Application on Facebook® Platform
“Billions, Save Them All” Attracts 3DVIA Fan Base and Indie Developer Community with High-end, Browser-based Graphics
CONCORD, Mass. & VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, August 3, 2010 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that “Billions, Save Them All,” its first title built on the new 3DVIA Studio engine, was launched on Facebook Platform. “Billions” is a 3D action/puzzle game made unique by the combination of dreamlike art and innovative gameplay where players construct 3D cube bridges and walk on all sides. It is a 3D game that stands out in the predominantly 2D Facebook Platform world.
In “Billions,” players compete for high scores with friends and other Facebook users. By assuming the role of a Glow Agent, players navigate through increasingly difficult levels to save Mogaloos, a race of cuddly, cube-like creatures. Puzzle-solving skills are a must to reach checkpoints quickly, saving as many Mogaloos as possible while building bridges with as few cubes as possible.
“‘Billions’ is an excellent example of what 3DVIA Studio is capable of and supports our mission to empower anyone to create and communicate in 3D,” said Lynne Wilson, CEO, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “In just a few short months, a very small development team built and published a visually-stunning, fully 3D application that runs in real-time on Facebook Platform. This is the future of game development.”
3DVIA Studio brings the power of an AAA engine to an easy-to-use framework. With rapid prototyping, development and publishing capabilities, as well as seamless integration with 3DVIA.com for hosting, distribution and access to a community of more than 190,000 users who can test and promote applications, 3DVIA Studio is a perfect tool for indie developers. In addition, user-generated applications created with 3DVIA software and hosted on 3DVIA.com can easily be published straight to Facebook Platform and played through a dedicated, sharable Facebook URL.
“From a development perspective, ‘Billions’ was a great experience,” said Klaus Lyngeled, creative director, ZOINK Games, the studio responsible for “Billions.” “When dealing with browser-based, real-time 3D, making sacrifices for performance sake is expected. With 3DVIA Studio there was very little of this. The engine is designed to optimize for the Web, which allowed us to focus on gameplay and art without worrying about visual quality. Completing projects with 3DVIA is just unbelievably fast.”
ZOINK Games is a full-service game development studio based in Sweden. The studio specializes in innovative and highly creative experiences. Founded by Klaus Lyngeled, formerly of Shiny Entertainment, ZOINK is responsible for the much-anticipated, plush toy game Wiiwaa for Nintendo Wii. ZOINK Game’s sister company, ZOINK Animation, produces CGI effects and animation for commercials and television films. Clients include Nike, Toyota, Burger King and Sony BMG. To learn more about ZOINK Games, visit the studio online at www.ZOINKGames.com.
3DVIA est la marque de Dassault Systèmes dédiée aux expériences 3D vécues en-ligne, comme dans la vie réelle. Elle établit la 3D comme un média à part entière pour les communautés d’utilisateurs professionnels ou grand public, permettant à tous d’imaginer, de faire vivre et d’expérimenter en 3D des produits ou des services de la vie quotidienne. Après avoir été mis au point dans le monde virtuel, ces produits et services pourront être lancés dans le monde réel. Les solutions Virtools font partie de 3DVIA. Pour tout complément d’information sur 3DVIA : www.3dvia.com
About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 115,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes applications provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. For more information, visit www.3ds.com.
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