Sun Microsystems Announces Open Source of Online Game Technology Project Darkstar at GDC '07

Sun Microsystems Also Launches Program to Support Development of Online

Video Games; Game Developer NCsoft Voices Support of Project Darkstar


Mar 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced plans today at the 2007 Game Developers Conference
 in San Francisco to open source Project Darkstar, a ground-breaking online
 game server platform written entirely in Java(TM) technology, at the 2007
 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company also announced the
 opening of registration for the Darkstar Playground, which will enable
 developers to create a wide variety of games that can be provisioned
 through a single server platform. Information on these and demonstrations
 of games running on the Darkstar platform will be on display at Sun's booth
 #738 in Moscone Center.
     "Project Darkstar is proving to be an important technology foundation
 in the exploding multiplayer online game marketplace," said Chris
 Melissinos, chief gaming officer, Sun Microsystems. "By open sourcing
 Darkstar technology, we will help enable the widest possible market for
 online game developers and remove their burden of having to build
 enterprise-grade server solutions, leaving them to do what they do
 best-build great game experiences."
     Game developers can download the latest version of Project Darkstar at This new release of Project Darkstar features a
 simpler programming interface for increased productivity; plug-in APIs to
 facilitate integration of third party extensions; and enhancements for
 scalability, robust performance, and fault-tolerant operation. The source
 code for Project Darkstar will become available under a GPL license in the
 coming months, and further details will be provided at Sun's JavaOne
 conference May 9 in San Francisco.
     Leading MMORGP Developer NCsoft Validates Sun Technology
     Validating the strength of the Project Darkstar technology, NCsoft, the
 leader in the worldwide Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game
 Platform (MMORGP) market, is currently prototyping new games on the
 Darkstar platform. "Project Darkstar was instrumental in helping us
 initiate prototyping of a new online game project internally at NCsoft,"
 said Chris Mayer, vice president of product development for NCsoft North
 America. "The Darkstar technology team proved very supportive and we were
 up and running quickly. We very much appreciate Sun's initial efforts in
 developing the kind of server technologies needed to jump-start online
     Sun's Darkstar Playground
     In conjunction with the latest release of Project Darkstar, Sun also
 initiated the Darkstar Playground which will allow approved developers to
 gain access to server resources-provided and operated by Sun-to start
 developing their online games. Developers interested in participating in
 the Darkstar Playground are encouraged to visit Sun's booth or to apply and learn more about the program. The
 playground will be live at JavaOne '07 in May.
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