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Microsoft Grants Xbox Tools, Middleware License to VIRTOOLST

VIRTOOLST to integrate Xbox prototyping tool (November 12, 2001)
VIRTOOLST, a market leader in the world of interactive 3D development solutions, will integrate Xbox specificities to provide prototyping capabilities to the international games development community.

To fulfill Xbox game artists' technical and creative development needs, Microsoft has granted an Xbox Tools and Middleware license to Virtools for the production of their technology forgame prototyping kit for the Xbox development community.

Virtools' environment lets both designers and programmers produce games quickly and efficiently by graphically assembling "behavior building blocks" in an intuitive interface. By using Virtools, developers optimize workflow and capitalize on assets from one project to another, accelerating the production cycle while reducing costs. Virtools solutions support industry-standard formats for 3D graphics, audio and video, to ensure efficient Xbox prototyping for elaborate graphics, refined game play and complex interactivity.

Drew Angeloff, Xbox Tools Program Manager at Microsoft, commented, "Virtools enables Xbox game developers to prototype in weeks rather than months - and concentrate on the quality of both graphics and game play. I'm delighted to welcome Virtools and look forward to the release of this excellent Xbox prototyping tool."

Xbox will be available in North America on Nov. 15, 2001. The Virtools Xbox prototyping tool will be made available to game developers in January 2002.

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