VIRTUOS CONTRIBUTED TO 6 OF THE TOP 10 HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS OF ALL TIME
Our Movie Department has produced several unique aircraft, vehicles, weapons and key assets along with digital doubles that include your beloved superheroes.
EXCELLING AT 2D AND 3D ANIMATION FOR GAMES, TV AND MOVIES TAKES NATURAL TALENT, A MYRIAD OF SKILLS AND SUPERB TRAINING
TRAINING IS AT THE HEART OF EVERY SUCCESSFUL OPERATION
The sixth in a series of regular articles highlighting learnings and best practices from Virtuos’ global development, Art and VFX teams.
Sparx’ work showcased at all E3 2015 staged conferences
Sparx* is proud to announce that we have worked on 21 of the hottest games at E3 this year! The lineup of Sparx-contributed games included several prominent titles displayed at the press conferences held by Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, Bethesda and Square-Enix These 21 games represent 12 major different publishers. “Sparx* is proud to have contributed to eagerly anticipated new games at each of the big three’s press conferences,” said Sparx*’ GM Didier Montarou. Sparx*’s games of E3 also included several titles that won “Best of E3’’ awards from IGN. Those awards include: • Best PlayStation 4 game • Best action game • Best Sport game • Best Racing Game In addition, Sparx* worked on 5 runners up and 5 nominees for ‘’Game of the show’’ E3 2015 The whole Sparx* team is looking forward to playing them!
Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters with 3D Art from Sparx*
Sparx* is excited to have had the opportunity to work on yet another superhero classic motion picture in partnership with ILM. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, of which Sparx* also contributed to. Our art team produced several unique superhero vehicles along with digital doubles for the Avengers Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch. Set in the Eastern European country of Sokovia, Earths mightiest superheroes band together to do battle with Ultron, a technological android enemy who believes he must destroy the human race in order to save Earth. A hair-raising global adventure unfolds as the Avengers encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff) and attempt to stop Ultron from enacting his plan of human extinction. Avengers: Age of Ultron was directed by Joss Whedon and features a multitude of A-list Hollywood stars such as Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury) and James Spader (Ultron). The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Tops $1 Billion Box Office Mark In 24 Days After Debut This is an epic sequel that is not to be missed!
''Halo: The Master Chief Collection” releases with 3D Art support from Virtuos
Shanghai, China – December 22th 2014 –Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to the culmination of a franchise over a decade in the making – Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Virtuos supported 343 Industries by providing modeling for a variety of armor pieces as well as props for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of the collection. Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, the Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as The Master Chief Collection – a collection of all four Halo games – featuring a fully re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, the new digital series Halo: Nightfall, and finally access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game software development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has locations in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employees representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios. For more information, please refer to: www.virtuosgames.com; Twitter @virtuosgames
Virtuos Closes New Series B Funding Round to Sustain Growth Momentum
Shanghai, China, December 15, 2014 – Virtuos announces today that it has secured a new series B round of funding from Shanghai-based Xuhui Venture Capital. At the same time, Virtuos welcomes two new board members as strategic advisors: Steven Chiang, former President of Games at Zynga, and François Candelon, Senior Partner for Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group. With more than 1,000 staff spread across eight studios and offices worldwide, Virtuos offers a full range of services from 2D/3D artwork to full game development across multiple platforms. While the Virtuos management team retains a controlling interest in the company, this new round of investment will support the company’s strategy to continuously grow its expertise in the latest game development and art techniques. It will also allow the company to further develop its creative abilities, adding skilled talent and increasing its co-production capabilities, where the company invests resources alongside publishers to create new titles, such as the recently announced Fairy Fantasy for iOS and Android, which was co-produced with Chinese publisher Netease. Virtuos also plans to build tools that facilitate integration with client teams in order to offer higher value-added services to game publishers and developers worldwide. The addition of Steven Chiang and Francois Candelon to the board of directors will greatly strengthen the company’s corporate governance at a time when it has stepped out of start-up mode and is focused on managing growth sustainably. Steven comes with 20 years’ experience in the games industry, having previously held top positions at Zynga and Electronic Arts, where he was responsible for managing game studios and development strategies. Francois is a practice leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where he specializes in Information Technology. He has been advising IT multinationals on strategies for growth and operational challenges for more than two decades. “The investment by Xuhui Venture Capital is a great testament to our ongoing success and will strengthen our ability to continue investing in talent and tools as we develop into the preferred partner for publishers and developers worldwide,” said Virtuos Co-Founder and CEO, Gilles Langourieux. “In addition, bringing Steven and Francois onto the board will ensure we have the right expertise to manage growth sustainably, while Virtuos focuses on adding value to its clients in order to help them achieve more.” Xuhui Venture Capital is an investment fund located in the Xuhui district of Shanghai, China, the same district chosen by other leading companies such as Tencent and Oriental Dreamworks as their base in Shanghai. The firm is a long-time partner of the government-supported start-up incubator where Virtuos was founded 10 years ago and has investment experience in IT and gaming companies, bringing valuable insight to Virtuos. Xuhui Government recognized Virtuos in 2014 with the title of ‘Top 30 Company Start-up from Xuhui District.’ About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has studios and offices in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employs more than 1,000 staff representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios. For more information, please refer to: www.virtuosgames.com.
Ubisoft releases Far Cry 4 with 3D Character Art Support from Virtuos
Shanghai, China – December 15th 2014 – Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to the most recent installment of the Far Cry franchise – Far Cry 4 – developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with numerous other Ubisoft studios. Virtuos supported Ubisoft by providing character & clothing modeling for many of the key characters in the game. Far Cry 4 represents another milestone for Virtuos’ character art team who also contributed to previous chapter of the franchise, Far Cry 3, back in 2012. Far Cry 4 invites the player to experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape. About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game software development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has locations in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employees representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios. For more information, please refer to: www.virtuosgames.com; Twitter @virtuosgames
Virtuos celebrates 10 years as a global leader in game development
Shanghai, China, December 5, 2014 – Virtuos today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the company’s foundation in 2004 and tonight hosts a party in Shanghai to thank employees, clients and friends in the gaming industry for their support over the years. Over the last decade, Virtuos has grown from a startup serving a single client to become one of the world’s largest video game development companies with more than 1,000 staff spread across eight studios and offices worldwide. Today, the company offers a full range of services from 2D/3D artwork to full game development across multiple platforms and consoles, whilst also expanding into game co-production. With a client roster featuring fifteen of the world’s top twenty digital entertainment companies, the Virtuos name has become synonymous with quality, professionalism and innovation across the games development industry. This milestone marks the high point of an already exciting year for Virtuos, which has seen the company achieve a string of record-breaking successes, including: contributing art to 50% of the top 10 best-selling games on XboxOne and Playstation 4; shipping XCOM Enemy Within for IOS, the third title developed in China to exceed the 85% Metacritic Metascore* (the other two titles were also co-developed by Virtuos); and providing 3D models for Transformers: Age of Extinction, which has become China’s top-grossing box office game of all time. “We knew that establishing the company early in China would provide access to the industry’s largest and most promising talent pool,” said Virtuos’ Co-Founder and CEO, Gilles Langourieux, an industry veteran with 20 years of experience growing game development studios. “Our base in Shanghai has proved to be a solid foundation for international market outreach – and through the quality of our team’s creative design and sheer hard work, we have succeeded in building a global game industry player here in China.” Over the years, Virtuos has accumulated expertise enabling it to manage every aspect of high-quality game development. The company now plans to leverage this expertise by engaging in co-productions where it invests resources alongside clients to create new titles. One of the first such title is Fairy Master for IOS and Android which has been co-produced with leading China publisher Netease and is currently in Beta testing. Other co-productions are in the works with publishers looking to leverage their brand in new ways and with smaller developers looking to bring their vision more vibrantly to life. Commenting on this new direction, Langourieux said: “We want to be the first company that publishers and developers think about when they ask themselves: ‘who can help us do more?’” About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has studios and offices in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employs more than 1,000 staff representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios.
2K releases XCOM: Enemy Within on iOS, Android, and Fire OS Thanks to Support from Virtuos
Shanghai, China – December 1st 2014 – Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to port XCOM: Enemy Within to iOS, Android, and Fire OS for Firaxis with support from 2K China. The port of XCOM: Enemy Within from console/PC to iOS, Android, and Fire OS signifies another notable milestone in Virtuos’ Co-development track record. The mobile adaptation has achieved a Metacritic score of 93, ranking it among the most well received ports to mobile platforms to date. Enemy Within features the core gameplay of the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown, plus more exciting content such as: • New Soldier Abilities • New Weapons and Equipment • New Enemy Threats • New Strategic Resources • New Story Elements • New Multiplayer maps, units, and abilities Last year Virtuos successfully provided porting support for XCOM: Enemy Unknown from console/PC to iOS, which went on to post a 91 point cumulative score on Metacritic (including 100% “Positive” marks), win the 2013 Golden Joystick Award for “Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year”, and was runner up for Apple’s “Best Game of 2013” on iTunes. “Providing consumers with a true triple-A game experience via a mobile or portable device is not an easy feat, but the launch of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Mobile has shown it is possible,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Now, with the launch of XCOM: Enemy Within, 2K is able to showcase our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, core gaming experiences for our fans on whatever platform they play on.”
Virtuos handled the license update on iOS and Port the game to Android platform with a complete refresh of the 3D assets and refresh of the User Interface.
Shanghai, China – November 13 ,2014 –Virtuos is proud to announce that NHL® 2K, has arrived on mobile devices as a premium game for $7.99. Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Studio, in partnership with Virtuos, NHL 2K delivers a complete and portable All-Star NHL experience for hockey fans on iOS and Android devices.
“Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes” releases with 3D Art and Animation support from Virtuos.
Shanghai, China – November 12th 2014 –Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to the most recent installment of the Disney Infinity franchise – Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Virtuos supported Avalanche studios by providing character modeling, vehicle modeling, environment/props modeling, and more than 225 animation cycles and 20+ minutes of cinematic cutscenes. “The new game introduces interactive Super Hero figures from across the Marvel universe with original Play Set storylines written with the help of award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis. Each new character brings a variety of super-powered and unique gameplay mechanics such as flying, web slinging, wall crawling, wall smashing and more. An improved Toy Box 2.0 mode makes it easier for players to create and share their one-of-a-kind levels and games with family and friends using their favorite Marvel and Disney characters, vehicles, settings and items. New and enhanced Toy Box tools and toys will make the groundbreaking game mode even more accessible for players of all ages. Toy Box Game Discs deliver new structured gameplay modes to the Toy Box where players can engage in classic Dungeon Crawler and Tower Defense gameplay using any character from across the Disney Infinity universe. […] Community continues to play an important role in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, with the availability of new Toy Boxes created by the recently hired Avalanche Software Community Team. These super-fans turned level designers will be designing immersive, themed Toy Boxes and episodic content for Disney Infinity players to download for free at launch and beyond. […] Source: Marvel.com http://goo.gl/c15JVn About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game software development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has locations in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employees representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios. For more information, please refer to: www.virtuosgames.com; Twitter @virtuosgames
Virtuos add new Directors to Management, as 10 years anniversary nears
Shanghai, China – September 10, 2014 – Virtuos has added two new Directors to its Management team: industry veterans Scott Paterson and Vincent Chi. Scott joins Virtuos as Senior Engagement Director. Based at the company’s headquarter for North America in Vancouver, he will be helping new clients engage in distributed development by sharing his experience and best practices with their teams. Scott brings more than 20 years of v ideogame production and artistic experience with companies including Rockstar and Slant six games. His credits include games Bully (PS2), Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City (PS3-Xbox- PC), Microsoft’s Age of Empires – Castle Siege(W8) and various SOCOM titles.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is rekindled with Sparx' help
After 11 years on hiatus, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have returned to the big screen in their first live-action picture since 1993 as the stars of one of the summer’s biggest blockbuster films, TMNT. The film brings the Ninja Turtles back into the spotlight and introduces to them to a whole new generation of kids and teenagers worldwide.