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id Software Employs modo to Model Assets for Rage Game

The designers of id Software's eagerly anticipated game title Rage populated their post-apocalyptic game with incredibly realistic objects, textures and environments through the innovative and time-saving employment of Luxology's modo.

Press Release from Luxology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Oct. 4, 2011 — The designers of id Software's eagerly anticipated game title Rage populated their post-apocalyptic game with incredibly realistic objects, textures and environments through the innovative and time-saving employment of Luxology's modo. Most of the game's models that are integral for gameplay, like the props, weapons and vehicles, were built in modo. Designers found modo to be an ideal tool for level design, and allowed a unified game development pipeline between asset creators and level designers.

“Modeling in modo is faster than using a level editor application, and we really enjoy the precise control we get over our level work, which would be impossible to do with only brushes or modular models,” says Seneca Menard, lead technical artist at Dallas, Texas-based id Software. “Plus, most of the tools needed for game design and development are already in modo, and that's what we love about it.”

The gameplay and graphics of Rage are highly realistic and based on the company's id Tech 5 engine. The extensive modeling, UV editing, and texture baking tools found in modo greatly aided the designers' ability to create levels comprised of completely unique pixels and polygons, avoiding the repetitive look that would have resulted from instancing techniques. To ensure players will see every bit of the graphics quality, id Software chose to use a 60fps running speed for Rage, rather than the typical 30fps.

About RageRage is the latest first-person shooter game from legendary developer id Software, the acclaimed designers of such classics as the Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, and QUAKE® series. Eagerly awaited by the gaming community, Rage has already won numerous awards at E3 2010, including ‘Best Overall Game of Show’ from IGN, and three ‘Best of E3’ Game Critics Awards including ‘Best Console Game’. Rage features intense first-person shooter action, breakneck vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id’s revolutionary id Tech 5 technology. Rage will hit retail shelves across North America on Oct. 4, 2011. For more information, please visit www.rage.com.

About modomodo is an innovative 3D modeling, painting and rendering software designed to accelerate the creation of world-class designs and ultra high-quality renderings. modo’s modern workflow and advanced toolset easily deliver enhanced productivity for schools and professionals working in game development, design visualization, package design, and graphic arts. A favorite tool among many designers and artists, modo's innovative toolset offers one of the fastest paths to content creation on the PC and Mac.

About LuxologyBased in Mountain View, Calif., Luxology LLC is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via artist-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture called Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on the company, its licensable Nexus technology, its flagship product modo® and a gallery of artists' images from the active modo community is available online at www.luxology.com.

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