NDL and Firaxis Games Expand Relationship

NDL and Firaxis Games Expand

Gamebryo Graphics Engine
to be Used in the Development of Sid Meier’s Civilization IV®

HILL, N.C., (March 10, 2005)
– NDL, the leading independent developer of
3D graphics technology for the computer and video game industry, today
announced from the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC) that its Gamebryo
3D graphics engine and toolkit is being used by Firaxis Games in the
creation of Sid Meier’s Civilization IV®.  Firaxis is
expanding its relationship with NDL based on the company’s recent success
using Gamebryo in the development of the critically acclaimed Sid Meier’s

"Gamebryo is the technology that
enables our development team to create the stunning graphics and outstanding
gameplay that have become the hallmark of our titles," said Sid Meier,
director of creative development at Firaxis.  "Gamebryo provides a flexible
graphics engine and comprehensive set of tools for special effects and
shader support that bring that extra level of polish to our games."  

Using the Gamebryo graphics
engine, Firaxis will deliver new 3D graphics, advanced multiplayer gameplay
and stunning new features to the next iteration of the Sid Meier’s Civilization
series.  To be published by Take-Two’s publishing label 2K Games in late
2005, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV® will continue its great
design and award-winning originality while adding new challenges and
game-play experiences.   

"Firaxis’ decision to use
Gamebryo in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV® marks the
beginning of a very exciting 2005," said John Austin, president and chief
executive officer of NDL.  "Sid Meier’s Pirates!(R) is one of the best
looking Gamebryo titles to date and we are excited to further develop our
relationship with Firaxis.  By developing titles in two different genres
with two completely unique graphic environments, Firaxis continues to
demonstrate the versatility and flexibility of the Gamebryo engine." 

A wide range of genres, visual
styles and platforms are represented in Gamebryo-powered titles created by
top-tier developers and publishers.  Current and upcoming titles include
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
for the Xbox, developed by Firaxis and published by
Empire Earth 2,
developed by Mad Doc

Software and published by Vivendi
Universal Games; Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich, developed by
Irrational Games and published by Vivendi Universal Games and Imperator,
developed and published by Mythic Entertainment.


About Firaxis Games

Firaxis Games, founded in 1996
by veteran gaming executive Jeff Briggs, is one of the world’s premier
independent game development studios, and home of legendary designer Sid
Meier. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, FIRAXIS has created some of
the most successful and award-winning PC games on the market. The company’s
most recent hit titles include: Sid Meier’s Pirates! (published by Atari),
Sid Meier’s SimGolf (published by Electronic Arts); and the blockbuster hit
series Sid Meier’s Civilization III (published by Atari). Firaxis has a rich
history of great games including: Sid Meier’s Gettysburg!, Sid Meier’s Alpha
Centauri, Sid Meier’s Alien Crossfire and Sid Meier’s Antietam!. For more
information on Firaxis Games visit

About NDL

NDL, headquartered in Chapel
Hill, N.C., is an independent developer of highly flexible 3D graphics
software used by leading game publishers and developers such as Atari,
Vivendi Universal Games, JoWooD Productions, Firaxis, Mythic Entertainment,
Bethesda Softworks, and Irrational Games. The company’s flagship product,
the Gamebryo graphics engine and toolkit, is the culmination of two decades
of 3D graphics expertise.   Developers using NDL’s Gamebryo can spend their
time making Windows, Xbox, PlayStation®2, and GameCube®
games look great and play well, saving time and money in the process. To
learn more, please visit

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