Monday, February 7, 2011

Rebellion’s groundbreaking Asura™ Engine ready for Sony's NGP

Rebellion is delighted to announce that its internal technology, Asura™, now fully supports Sony's exciting new Next Generation Portable (NGP) platform.

Asura has driven commercial hits such as the best-selling title Aliens Vs. Predator – which became Sega’s fastest selling title of 2010 – as well as The Simpsons Game for Electronic Arts and such critical successes as Sniper Elite and Rogue Trooper.

The Asura engine is now demonstrable on NGP with a fully playable demo of a multiplayer third person shooter – a considerable time before the console goes on sale.

As well as supporting PC and all current high definition consoles, Rebellion’s Asura toolset already has a proven track record on handheld platforms such as the original PSP, with titles including the multi-million selling Stars Wars Battlefront series.

The team at the Oxford-based developer has worked hard to adapt the technology to the successor of the PSP over the last few months – meaning it is ready for publishers keen to tap into this new platform.

Rebellion has been able to support the NGP so quickly because the Asura engine is a complete package, with no middleware required for game elements such as physics or lighting – meaning there is no reliance on third parties.

Jason Kingsley, CEO said:
“The technology, design and art teams have worked incredibly well with Sony’s newest device. We have managed to make our engine fully functional, and looking great on the hardware in double quick time. We’ll be attending DICE and GDC to show what we have created and look for business partners.”

Chris Kingsley, CTO said:
“Our Asura technology has been architected from the outset to be transferable to new platforms. The ease in which we did this is a testament to the talent of our staff and the way we develop and manage our technology.”