Ubisoft Licenses MotionBuilder 6

Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.

Alias MotionBuilder 6 is a powerful animation tool and provides our artists with an unprecedented level of control and precision when developing highly realistic character animation, said Nicolas Rioux, vp of technology at Ubisofts Montreal Studios. We chose Alias MotionBuilder 6 because it provides us with keyframe animation tools that are simple to use and integrate easily into our current production pipeline, which is exactly what we need for producing top quality AAA games that perform well on next generation consoles.

MotionBuilder 6 software delivers superb realtime character animation technology, including an advanced Story Timeline and enhanced world-class keyframing, intelligent character technology (such as auto-rigging with Human IK) and precision-animation tools. With an extensive suite of sophisticated motion editing, motion layering and story-telling tools, MotionBuilder 6 is one of the fastest, most artist-friendly software solutions for any production involving character performance and animation.

MotionBuilder 6 software natively supports FBX, an award-winning, platform-independent 3D authoring and interchange format that allows MotionBuilder customers to quickly and easily acquire and exchange 3D assets and media from a wide variety of sources. FBX is widely supported by most 3D software packages and hardware manufacturers, as well as film and game studios, including A&G Soluzioni, Alias, Avid, Discreet, Natural Motion, NewTek, Noitaminanimation, Okino, Qedsoft, Softimage, Strata, TurboSquid, Virsys and Wings3D.

Ubisoft is also utilizing Alias MotionBuilder HumanIK|Middleware technology, an advanced in-game character animation and rigging library, on TOM CLANCYS SPLINTER CELL CHAOS THEORY, scheduled to release in March 2005.

Ubisoft (www.ubi.com) is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 21 different countries, including the United States, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in more than 50 countries.

As a leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias (www.alias.com) develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, Web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara. Alias recently acquired Kaydara and was recently purchased by Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm, and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

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