CAPCOM ADOPTS SOFTIMAGE|XSI AS MAIN GAME AUTHORING SOLUTION

Fri 20th Sep 2002 | News


CAPCOM ADOPTS SOFTIMAGE|XSI AS MAIN GAME AUTHORING SOLUTION

Tokyo - September 20, 2002- At the Tokyo Game Show, Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), announced today that Capcom Co. Ltd., a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, has adopted the SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® system, the industry’s leading 3-D nonlinear production environment, as its main game authoring solution.

“To maintain our leadership position in the market, it's paramount that we partner with companies that provide innovative and productive tools,” said Yoshiki Okamoto, executive director, Capcom. “Softimage set the standard in the games industry with SOFTIMAGE|3D and have done so again with SOFTIMAGE|XSI which we have chosen, after evaluating all of the software on the market today, to use as our main game authoring solution.”

As an industry front-runner with a solid reputation for product development, Capcom continues to release new hit titles and dynamic software for the Sony PlayStation® 2. This, in addition to its ongoing efforts to develop a multitude of 'killer software' and its multi-platform strategy, helps the company retain its position as a leading supplier of software for next-generation game equipment, such as Nintendo’s GameCubeÔ and Microsoft’s XboxÔ game consoles, and is the reason that Capcom is attracting attention both in Japan and overseas.

“For several years, Capcom has been using SOFTIMAGE|3D to create hit games titles such as Devil May Cry, Dino Crisis, Resident Evil and Onimusha,” said Softimage’s managing director, Michael Stojda. “We take pride in knowing Capcom chose SOFITMAGE|XSI for the main development platform for their next generation games due to the system's productivity and creative flexibility as well as the high levels of support provided by our Japan games team.”

Softimage delivers intelligent game solutions supporting every stage of the game development process, from creation to final export. Designed as an integrated creative environment, the SOFTIMAGE|XSI system offers non-destructive editing throughout the development cycle — a synthesis of open solutions to create, validate and optimize in-game content, connecting SOFTIMAGE|XSI directly to the on-target game or testing environment. The 3-D nonlinear production environment also provides the tools and flexibility to build a completely customized pipeline, affording a measurable improvement in productivity: artists work faster, the WYSIWYG real-time shader architecture streamlines custom effects development, and the dotXSIÔ pipeline focuses resources on creating artwork instead of utilities.

“SOFTIMAGE|XSI’s powerful animation editing features allow our designers to control animation at all levels, ranging from low-level F-Curve keyframing to middle-level Dopesheet editing to high-level Animation Mixing.” said Jun Takeuchi, director of Onimusha game title. “Our games feature both human and creature characters as well as many texture details. SOFTIMAGE|XSI provides the best tools to help our designers bring those complex characters to life.”

“The SOFTIMAGE|XSI high-level animation functionality provides designers with an intuitive new level of animation control, which is above standard motion capture and keyframed motion. The compatibility with SOFTIMAGE|3D scene data makes it easy to reuse existing assets and integrate SOFTIMAGE|XSI in a game development pipeline,” said Shinji Mikami, producer of the Resident Evil series.

“SOFTIMAGE|XSI supports Visual Basic and Java scripting. Because these languages are common we can use many existing references. Even designers can easily create custom commands and macros. This frees our programmers to focus on high-level plug-in tool development,” said Motoji Fujita, Capcom System R&D.

About Capcom Co.
Established in 1979 as a company developing and marketing electronic games equipment, Capcom Co. Ltd Japan is a majorplayer in the video game software market for home use. Currently, it generates over 60% of its sales from this area of operations and enjoys a highly profitable earnings structure.
With some 60% of the Japan-based workforce engaged in product development, the company is particularly strong in the development of combat and action games, such as Street Fighter and Rockman, and is also channeling resources into new game categories, such as survival horror.

As an industry front-runner with a solid reputation for product development, Capcom Japan continues to release new hit titles and dynamic software for PlayStation2. This, in addition to its ongoing efforts to develop a multitude of ‘killer software’ and its multi-platform strategy, helps the company retain its position as a leading supplier of software for next-generation game equipment, such as Game Cube and X-Box, and is the reason that Capcom Japan is attracting attention both domestically and overseas.

About Softimage Co.
Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry leader in 3-D animation, 2-D cel animation, compositing and special effects software, designed to address the demands of the film and commercial/broadcast and games/interactive industries. SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, an integral player in Avid's Make, Manage and Move Media™ strategy, is the flagship product offering from Softimage. It is the industry's first 3-D nonlinear production environment providing animators and digital artists the freedom to make professional animation, visual effects and games - from major motion pictures, to cartoons and commercials, to animated content for video games and Web sites. Softimage is proud to count amongst its customers: ILM, R!OT, The Mill, Pixel Liberation Front, Blue Sky Studios, Hybride, Mainframe, Janimation, Quiet Man, PSYOP, Cinepix and Framestore. The Softimage product family is designed to help users innovate, create and collaborate throughout the production process. For more information about Softimage visit www.softimage.com. For more information about Avid visit www.avid.com.


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