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'Fall of Liberty' (PS3/X360/PC) Using Kynogon's Middleware AI

by Rainier on Oct. 26, 2006 @ 4:33 p.m. PDT

Kynogon announced that Spark Unlimited, known for Call of Duty: Finest Hour, has signed its AI middleware to be used in Spark's recently announced first-person shooter Fall of Liberty, and a second unannounced title currently in production.

“We were looking for an A.I. solution that would transparently build on the capabilities of the Unreal engine,” remarked Craig Allen, CEO at Spark Unlimited. “We chose Kynapse because it seamlessly integrated with what we already had in place and provided a framework to empower non-player characters (NPC’s) with advanced behaviors. The game experiences we're building require unique and complex path-finding solutions due to the dynamic nature of the worlds we are creating. After evaluating a number of potential solutions, only Kynapse successfully addressed all of the challenges we were facing in our productions.”

Fall of Liberty will take players to new battlegrounds in World War II – ones born from a changed moment in history that led to the Nazi invasion of 1950s America. Presenting this scenario as a powerful and realistically crafted alternate history, Fall of Liberty will deliver an explosive action experience in a world where famous real-world locations appear startlingly different under Nazi occupation.

“Kynogon is very proud to work with Spark Unlimited,” declared Pierre Pontevia, CEO of Kynogon. “Spark Unlimited is one of the most successfully managed independent game studios. The most prestigious game publishers such as Vivendi Games and Codemasters recognize the quality of games that Spark Unlimited produces and we look forward to a very productive long term strategic relationship.”

Fall of Liberty changes reality by twisting one historical fact: In 1931, Winston Churchill was hit by a taxi on 5th Avenue in New York. In reality, he survived the accident but walked with a cane for the rest of his life. But what might have followed if Winston Churchill had been killed in the accident? Without his voice to lead a country to war, the events of WWII change dramatically; the Normandy invasion never happens and the UK and all of Europe come under Nazi rule by 1945.

Building on the successful conquest of Europe, Nazi intelligence develops superior weapons and vehicles so that on December 7, 1951 they are able to launch an all out surprise attack on America – beginning with a mass invasion of New York.

Unprepared, the invasion stuns America and plunges much of the country into fearsome Nazi occupation. In Washington, the Swastika flies from The White House, and in a show of force to end rebellion, a nuclear attack on Manhattan is being planned. The odds are overwhelming, the reality of the situation shocking, but for players, it’s time to join the resistance and fight a guerrilla war in the newly occupied territories.

Fall of Liberty will launch in Q4 2007 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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