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Microsoft, Discreet Sign Multi-Title Games Agreement

(July 24, 2001)
Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., announced today that a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. has been signed to create, publish and distribute gmax game packs for multiple Microsoft game titles. The first confirmed title is Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002: Professional Edition, which is set for delivery in the third quarter of this year.

“For years, Flight Simulator customers have asked for an easy way to create and modify aircraft, buildings and other 3D objects, and then share the modifications with other users. Our strategic alliance with Discreet to incorporate gmax provides us with the perfect tool to meet their needs,” said Bruce Williams, product planner for flight simulations at Microsoft. “Our development team has leveraged its existing Discreet 3ds max asset creation and production pipeline, and we are basically providing those tools with the simulation in the form of a gmax game pack; users will receive a suite of 3-D tools to create, edit and share their own planes, scenery and other in-game content.”

“Imagine the ability to model and fly your own custom aircraft over a flowing volcano, around a custom-designed rugged canyon wall, or over your own street and house. gmax places control in players’ hands, allowing them to design new vehicles, terrain, obstacles or even adversaries,” said Paul Perreault, gmax product manager. “This agreement with Microsoft is an endorsement of Discreet technology and our vision of allowing consumers to extend and personalize their game experiences. Consumer game content modifications (mods) are the next trend in gaming—and gmax is the perfect tool to help game developers bring this level of accessibility to their customers.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator has sold millions of licensed units worldwide since it was first published nearly 20 years ago. The professional edition of the latest version, Flight Simulator 2002, will ship this fall with an integrated gmax game pack and the free gmax application. With gmax and the Flight Simulator game pack loaded, users can import game content—aircraft, buildings, trees and other 3D objects—and customize those objects. Users can also build detailed new objects for use with Flight Simulator 2002: Professional Edition.

Complete information about Discreet solutions including gmax and 3ds max software can be found on the Discreet website. Visit Discreet at or call 800-869-3504 or 514-393-1616 for more information.

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