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'Lineage' Creator Licenses CryENGINE 2 for New MMO

by Rainier on Aug. 20, 2007 @ 7:08 a.m. PDT

XLGames, founded by former NCSoft founder & Lineage creator Jake Song, announced that they have entered into an agreement with Crytek to license the award winning CryENGINE 2 for use in their newest MMORPG.

"We are very excited to be working with the Crytek team again" says Vice President and Technical Director Patrick Doane. "We previously had a lot of success using their ground breaking CryENGINE 1 technology while at NCSoft for AION, and after seeing what it could do in the early previews of Crysis, we just knew we wanted to continue to work with their great new tools and engine". Adds CEO Jake Song, "The CryENGINE 2 is in a class by itself, and is the perfect technology on which to build our future gaming world and business. Not only are the graphics unquestionably the best available, but the unprecedented ability it offers to physically interact with the environment will allow us to create entirely new modes of game play which up to now we could only dream of implementing".

"Crytek is extremely pleased to have XLGames join the select number of companies who have chosen our technology as the basis for their next major project." said Faruk Yerli, managing director of Crytek, "Jake Song is a true pioneer and legend in the world of massively multiplayer games, having almost single handedly created the original market for them in Asia. To now have his own company select the CryENGINE 2 as their middleware, and Crytek as their primary technology provider, demonstrates a high level of confidence in our tools and technology, as well as in our team's ability to support their ongoing efforts to build a ground breaking new next generation game, not only now, but also for many years to come."

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