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- August 15, 2001
- Shogun: Total War Warlord
- Softimage 3D 4.0
- eStudio Gets The Kellys
- News Link of the Day
- Final Fantasy Special Effects Rate an Oscar
Total War Warlord Edition Ships
(by digitalmediafx.com) EA Games has shipped an expansion to last
year's award winning strategy game, Shogun: Total War. The expansion,
called Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition features a new enemy
who threatens to destroy the country, as well as offers an array
of new and improved features while reintroducing players to the
original Shogun: Total War. In addition, there are many new animated
segments, that added to the interest of the original.
new battlefield units.
-- New region upgrades, including new buildings such as the
Drill Dojo, to improve holdings.
-- Multi-player game types -- up to six players via LAN or the
Internet in new multiplayer games.
-- New strategy map scenarios for quick tactical battles.
-- Multiple Battle Modes -- two new additions whose goal is
to defeat the enemy or capture tactical points such as castles.
-- Map and Scenario Editors -- Define the strategy map starting
positions and set up individual campaigns for both single and
-- Unit Training -- Improve solider skills and equipment.
-- Crisp Full Motion Video animation and high resolution still
For more information
or to order, click
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(by digitalmediafx.com) Softimage Co. has announced that a
new version of Softimage, version 4.0, will begin shipping this
fall. New features and enhancements include additions and improvements
such as multiple UV texturing vertex color shading, interactive
editing of shading normals, and additions to the Saaphire SDK.
Softimage 3D, version 4.0, will also support the Linux platform.
Key new features
and enhancements to Softimage 3D, version 4.0, include:
UV Texturing - enables designers to assign multiple UV mapped
textures on polygon mesh domains, using a UV domain of their
Control for Shader and Custom Fcurve - provides increased control
over animation function curves for plug-ins and mental ray(R)
Normal Editing - allows designers to interactively edit selected
shading normals on polygon mesh models. The shade view provides
instant feedback on the shading modifications.
Vertex Color Shading - provides more flexibility for controlling
use of vertex colors, especially for developers of next-generation
Hide / Unhide - adds the ability to hide and unhide selected
new features in v.4.0 are exposed programmatically via the Saaphire
is officially released, Softimage is offering version 3.9.2, at
promotional pricing of $1,995. When version 4.0 ships, it will
cost close to $4,000.
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Gets "The Kellys"
(by digitalmediafx.com) You've heard of The Simpsons, now
here comes The Kellys, an upcoming animated series based on professional
stock car auto racing. Nancy Cartwright's SportsBlast, Inc. company
announced that it has contracted eStudio as a partner to bring
the animated series to life.
provide all the visual elements for "The Kellys," including
character design, storyboards and animation.
technical wizardry of this series is going to significantly raise
the bar on web animation, " says eStudio Executive Producer
and Co-Founder Ken Martin. "We intend to pull out all the
stops to deliver on SportsBlast's phenomenal development concept."
Cartwright is known as the voice of Bart Simpson on The Simpsons.
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of the Day - Final Fantasy Special Effects Rate an Oscar
to The Star Bulletin (originally published July 11):
can mail the Oscar to the Square One people now for Final Fantasy.
But it will be limited to 'best special effects,' and possibly
'best song,' a category that should be dropped since songs are
often included just to win an Oscar. The special effects at Monday's
pre-premiere showing at the Waikiki Theatres -- which began a
record 45 minutes late, long even by Hawaiian time, due to traffic
and logistics -- wowed everyone. You'll have nightmares about
the phantoms, the non-humanistic bad guys lurking about everywhere..."
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