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'Entropia Universe' Shows Off CryEngine 2 Overhaul - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 3, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. PDT

Last month MindArk signed a license agreement with Crytek to use the CryENGINE 2 in its free-of-charge real cash economy based virtual world Entropia Universe.

Creator MindArk PE AB's CEO Jan Welter Timkrans explains, "The upgrade of Entropia Universe will be built around the spectacular features supplied by CryENGINE 2, offering a complete and immersive experience to Entropia participants. It will create synergies between the proven and safe Real Cash Economy backbone, the Entropia storyline with colonists fighting to establish a new world, and the very life-like visuals supplied from CryENGINE 2." He continues, "When we saw what the engine was capable of, we immediately understood that it would be perfect for Entropia, as both MindArk and Crytek are pioneers in their respective fields."

Entropia Universe is the only virtual gaming community in the world that actively supports sales of virtual products with actual cash value within its real economy system. The economy offers the user a secure and safe way to make purchases, sales and exchange real-life currency into PED (Project Entropia Dollars) and back again into real money at a fixed exchange rate to the US Dollar. PED allows members to invest in personal development and growth through the acquisition of goods, buildings, and land in the virtual universe. In 2006, the Entropia Universe turnover was a staggering 365,000,000 USD.

Avni Yerli, Crytek's Managing Director, says, "We are thrilled to have been chosen by such a well regarded and successful industry leader as MindArk to be their future engine provider for Entropia Universe. We think the combination of our CryENGINE 2 technology and their extremely popular virtual playground will result in a new kind of rich and immersive experience that has not been possible until now. It will also expose a wide new audience to the stunningly realistic graphics, environmental physics and believable animations which are made possible by the award winning CryENGINE 2 together with some of the most recent advances in PC hardware and operating systems."

"MindArk is pleased to have reached this stage in the substantial product development we've undertaken. Our organization has matured and will continue to grow during this process. CryENGINE®2's real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lighting, cinematic effects, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and dynamic music system are just a fraction of all the utilities a developer using the Entropia Universe Platform gets their hands on," says Marco Behrmann, Chief Information Officer at MindArk.

"The new CryENGINE 2 powered Entropia will increase the possibilities for personal expression on the internet. The level of detail and realism will facilitate an immersive experience second to none, providing a high-quality option for companies wishing to utilize the 3D internet," says Magnus Eriksson, Development Manager at MindArk.


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