CONCORD, Mass., and QUÉBEC CITY – March 9, 2010 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced the release of Sarbakan Game Studio’s “Lazy Raiders,” the first Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) game built and published with 3DVIA Virtools. 3DVIA Virtools is Dassault Systèmes’ game engine for rapid prototyping and production.
“Lazy Raiders” is an action/puzzle game in which players assume the role of an explorer hunting for relics in tombs, ships and other ancient structures. Gameplay is unique in that players must move the world, not the character, to avoid danger, collect gold and complete 80 levels.
“Not only is ‘Lazy Raiders’ the first Xbox LIVE Arcade game built with 3DVIA Virtools, but it’s our first as well,” said Réjean Rioux, lead programmer, Sarbakan Game Studio. “We couldn’t be happier about this as we love working with 3DVIA and its game engine technology. 3DVIA Virtools played a crucial role in ‘Lazy Raiders’ development, helping us quickly prototype ideas and shorten our delivery cycle, allowing us to focus on gameplay rather than engine development, resulting in a title about which we are proud and excited.”
3DVIA Virtools is Dassault Systèmes’ development solution for everything from game prototyping to full online, PC, virtual reality and game console deployment. In 2009 Dassault Systèmes added an Xbox 360 solution to 3DVIA Virtools, allowing studios to rapidly develop titles for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE Arcade.
“We are honored to have such a progressive and talented partner in Sarbakan,” said Lynne Wilson, CEO, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “‘Lazy Raiders’ is an example of a creative title that caters to a broad audience, making it the perfect fit for Xbox LIVE Arcade. We are happy that Sarbakan chose 3DVIA Virtools as its comprehensive development engine to achieve quick testing and coding, as well as deployment on its desired platform. This is how game development should be: quick and easy to produce fantastic end results”
Lazy Raiders is currently available for download exclusively on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
To learn more about “Lazy Raiders,” visit the game’s official Web site at www.LazyRaiders.com, or meet the game designers in person at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, March 11-13 at 3DVIA’s booth (#1432).
Sarbakan is a world renowned game studio specializing in global cross-platform development services and original game creation. Based in Quebec, Canada, Sarbakan has over ten years of proven experience as a game studio, with a direct focus on downloadable console title development and social gaming. Sarbakan is committed to creating memorable experiences for gamers worldwide. Whether it’s custom games, virtual worlds, interactive destinations or original titles, Sarbakan delivers great games for its customers and publishing partners. Most recent titles include: “Lazy Raiders” (Xbox LIVE Arcade, first party game developed for Microsoft), “Little Noir Stories” (PC downloadable, Big Fish Games), “Star Fever Agency” (casual MMO, The Rabbit Hole), “Where’s Waldo” (DS, Ludia/Ubisoft).
3DVIA, the newest brand in the Dassault Systèmes portfolio, delivers lifelike 3D experiences to the world’s rapidly expanding digital communities. It represents a bold commitment to extend 3D technology to new users, businesses, and consumers. By delivering products designed specifically for non-traditional users of 3D applications, 3DVIA establishes an entirely new way for companies to communicate across the enterprise and directly with consumers using 3D as a universal language. For more information about 3DVIA, go to: www.3dvia.com and http://www.3dvia.com/software