Softimage Announces Support for Crytek's CryENGINE 2 Game Engine


San Francisco, Calif, 2008-02-20 Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), today announced content pipeline support for CryENGINE® 2, Crytek's new flagship game engine developed in conjunction with the popular first person shooter PC game title, Crysis. The technology in CryENGINE 2 is designed for the latest computer hardware and supports visual, audio and interactive features that are currently unrivalled in the gaming world. SOFTIMAGE®|XSI® software developers worked together with Crytek to customize an export process specifically for the CryENGINE 2.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is an ideal choice for next-generation games, and its pipeline integration with CryENGINE will benefit game developers with a fast and efficient way to export 3D content directly to the CryENGINE, said Michael Endres, art production manager, Crytek GmbH. Content created in SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, and used within the CryENGINE 2 Sandbox editor, offers a streamlined workflow that enhances and simplifies the creative process in game development.

The combination of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software and COLLADA integration with the CryENGINE 2 is opening new doors in the realm of 3D imaging and character creation for next-generation games. As the complexity of game development mounts, with increased polygon-count models, complex characters and interactions, and higher resolution environments, SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is quickly becoming a preferred solution for developing games in the critically acclaimed CryENGINE 2.

Softimage has been working with Crytek to customize an XSI-based workflow that integrates seamlessly with the popular CryENGINE 2, said Marc Stevens, general manager of Softimage, Co, and vice president at Avid Technology, Inc. With the most powerful tools such as SOFTIMAGE|XSI software and CryENGINE 2, game developers will be able to go above and beyond the boundaries of realistic, immersive and adrenaline rush games.

About Softimage Co.

Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc. provides intuitive, production proven tools that free 3D artists to create the world's most compelling characters in the film, broadcast, post-production and games industries. Its flagship product, SOFTIMAGE|XSI is the most complete and intuitive character animation solution available. Easily integrated into any CG production pipeline, XSI software enables 3D artists to create the most lifelike character performances. SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT® is the first commercial toolset that accelerates facial animation that empowers 3D artists to create, refine and repurpose high-quality, lifelike facial animation in less time than traditional solutions. For more information about Softimage, please visit http://www.softimage.com/.

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle Systems, Sibelius, Softimage and Sundance Digital. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid's products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. Avid received an Oscar® statuette representing the 1998 Scientific and Technical Award for the concept, design, and engineering of the Avid® Film Composer® system for motion picture editing. For more information about the company's Oscar, Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning products and services, visit http://www.avid.com/.

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