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Secret Lair Studios Working on Next-Gen MMO

by Rainier on Oct. 31, 2005 @ 1:12 a.m. PST

Washington-based game studio Secret Lair Studios, boasting founders from such prestigious studios as NCsoft, Microsoft, Blizzard, SOE, Monolith, Origin and Arena.net, is developing a next-generation online world and today announced that they have selected the BigWorld Technology Suite as their development platform for future games.

Jason Robar, Studio Manager at Secret Lair is very excited about the agreement. "BigWorld allows us to start working on our game right away and know that the technology is solid and will be extended in the ways that we want to innovate" Jason enthused. "I originally evaluated and was very impressed by the BigWorld Technology Suite while working with the US Government on selecting training and simulation technologies. I knew then that I wanted to exploit this technology in the game environment as well."

The BigWorld Technology Suite is an integrated set of tools, software and systems that provides all of the underlying technology and content development tools required to produce an MMOG. BigWorld has licensed their technology for use in over 45 different upcoming games, making it the de facto standard MMOG development platform.

Robert Spencer, Strategic Business Manager for BigWorld, was similarly excited. "The team at Secret Lair are incredibly experienced in all facets of MMO development and it is incredible to work with such an all-star team. Ensuring that our technology exceeded their diverse expectations was certainly a challenge and their choice certifies BigWorld Technology Suite as the gold standard in MMOG development technology."

BigWorld Technology Suite provides operators and studios with a lower total cost of ownership through several innovations. The BigWorld Server architecture allows operators to run several games on a single server cluster, dramatically reducing the cost of running the game, while the enhanced Content Creation Pipeline reduces the cost of building and filling out the complex worlds required in next-generation games.

The entire engineering team at Secret Lair Studios are excited by the possibilities Toby Gladwell, Lead Tools Engineer at Secret Lair commented that "BigWorld represents a top of the line solution for your MMP needs. The toolset covers every aspect of MMP creation and provides an easy and intuitive development path." While Peter Freese, Lead Client Engineer further explained the attraction "BigWorld is the only available turnkey solution for MMO development. Its complete suite of tools and technology has allowed us to hit the ground running on day 1 of our project."

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