Sony Pictures Imageworks Creates Groundbreaking Starship Troopers VRML Game
CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- With Sony Pictures Imageworks Starship Troopers VRML game, based on the new TriStar Pictures release directed by Paul Verhoeven (opens nationwide 11/7/97), every red-blooded citizen can do their share in humanity's war against the alien menace. The Trooper outpost on Planet P has been overrun by huge, killer bugs with major attitude problems. Shoulder that rifle, trooper, and give those filthy bugs a good dose of lead poisoning! If you're in the mood for a little bug barbecue, check out the Starship Troopers VRML game at www.starshiptroopers.com. The stunning visual quality of the game should come as no surprise. Imageworks, a top name in visual effects, for film, drafted some of its best talent for Troopers VRML duty. The producers of the movie, along with the producers of the website, Columbia TriStar Interactive, worked closely with the VRML team to create a gaming experience that is true to the look and feel of the film. Beautifully textured warrior bugs skitter and attack, while hopper bugs buzz by at low altitude, looking for someone to decapitate. There is even a magma-spitting tanker bug ready to get between you and glory. Working closely with Sony's Architecture Lab in Tokyo, Imageworks has created a product that breaks common perceptions of VRML's capabilities. The single-player game has a feel similar to traditional first-person 3D shooters. It is VRML 2.0 compliant and takes advantage of many custom features of Sony's Community Place browser. A keyboard interface allows a full range of movement including climbing and strafing, while a Java-powered status window keeps track of health, weapons, and score. "The Starship Troopers VRML game is part of an emerging trend in feature film promotion," says Dana Hanna, producer and designer of the game. "On-line gaming is becoming an increasingly potent means of drawing and retaining website visitors. VRML with its 3D capability add another dimension." The Starship Troopers VRML game requires Windows '95, a Pentium 133 or better, and at least 16MB of RAM. Although hardware acceleration is not required, it is recommended. SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS Under the leadership of five-time Academy Award-winner Ken Ralston, Sony Pictures Imageworks is a community of artists where talent and technology converge to produce visual effects, commercials, animation, websites and previsualization planning in a state-of-the-art digital environment designed by and for the next generation of computer graphic artists and animators. COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERACTIVE Columbia TriStar Interactive is a leading producer and distributor of compelling on-line entertainment experiences based on original content and Sony Pictures Entertainment branded properties. Columbia TriStar Television Group and Sony Pictures Imageworks are Sony Pictures Entertainment Companies. Sony Pictures Entertainment's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home video acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, development of new entertainment technologies and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries worldwide.
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