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- August 15, 2001
- Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition
- Softimage 3D 4.0 Announced
- 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
-- Ten new battlefield
-- 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 multi-player games.
-- Unit Training -- Improve solider skills and equipment.
-- Crisp Full Motion Video animation and high resolution still art.
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Softimage 4.0 Announced
(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:
--Multiple UV Texturing
- enables designers to assign multiple UV mapped textures on polygon
mesh domains, using a UV domain of their choice.
for Shader and Custom Fcurve - provides increased control over animation
function curves for plug-ins and mental ray(R) shaders.
Editing - allows designers to interactively edit selected shading normals
on polygon mesh models. The shade view provides instant feedback on
the shading modifications.
Color Shading - provides more flexibility for controlling use of vertex
colors, especially for developers of next-generation console games.
--Polygon Hide /
Unhide - adds the ability to hide and unhide selected polygons.
--All the new features
in v.4.0 are exposed programmatically via the Saaphire plug-in SDK.
Until 4.0 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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eStudio Gets "The
(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
eStudio will provide
all the visual elements for "The Kellys," including character
design, storyboards and animation.
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."
Note: Nancy Cartwright
is known as the voice of Bart Simpson on The Simpsons.
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News Link of the
Day - Final Fantasy Special Effects Rate an Oscar
According to The Star
Bulletin (originally published July 11):
"They 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
here for the full story.
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