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Sierra to use Argonaut's 'Kleaners' Engine

by Rainier on Oct. 2, 2001 @ 5:49 p.m. PDT

Sierra today announced an agreement with UK-based Argonaut Software Ltd. to develop upcoming console games for Sierra. This relationship will allow Sierra to publish entirely new products based on their award-winning SWAT™ series, using Argonaut’s action shooter game, internally known as Kleaners.
“Taking advantage of Argonaut’s new engine and their team’s design expertise, we’ll be able to create unique console experiences for gamers,” said Rod Fung, executive producer at Sierra. “Combining the tactical elements found in Sierra’s SWAT titles, with all out squad based shooter excitement, this partnership will allow us to create a new kind of console game with the immediate action console gamers have come to expect.”“SWAT 3 inspired the creation of Kleaners, as we’re big fans of the SWAT franchise,” says Joss Ellis, COO Argonaut Software. “The Kleaners engine has been designed from the ground up to give the game its own unique look. We have developed our own stylistic variations to give the game its distinct characteristic feel and differentiate it from other games in the genre. I think working with Sierra, we’re poised to make a tremendous impact on the console market.”Argonaut Games plc, based in London and Cambridge UK, is one of the largest independent games developers in the world, with over 150 employees, and an 18 year history of producing groundbreaking hit games such as Croc: The Legend of the Gobbos and hardware technologies, like the Super FX chip. Argonaut prides itself on its creativity in games design and is at the vanguard of new technologies with development for current and future mass-market video game platforms such PlayStation┬«2, Game Cube™ and Xbox™.

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