Gamebryo

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Gamebryo
Developer(s)Gamebase USA and Gamebase Co., Ltd.
Initial release
  • 1997; 21 years ago (1997) (As NetImmerse)[1]
  • 2003; 15 years ago (2003) (As Gamebryo)[1]
Stable release
Gamebryo 3D and LightSpeed
Preview release
Gamebryo 4.0 / March 2012
Written inC++
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeGame engine
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteOfficial website

Gamebryo (formerly NetImmerse until 2003) is a game engine. Gamebryo 3D and LightSpeed engines are owned by Gamebase Co., Ltd. and Gamebase USA and have been used by several video game developers including Atlus, Trion Worlds, 2K Games, Disney, Ubisoft, Bethesda Softworks, Firaxis Games, Tencent, Sony, Shanda, NCsoft, Rockstar Games and KingsIsle Entertainment for numerous cross-platform game titles in a variety of genres. It also served as a basis for Bethesda's own Creation Engine.

History[edit]

Numerical Design Limited (NDL) was founded in 1983, mostly doing contract work for government and CAD clients in the computer graphics sector, though also some game developers such as Interactive Magic.[2] This work led to the production of the NetImmerse game engine in 1997, evolving into Gamebryo by 2003.[1]

NDL was merged into Emergent Game Technologies (EGT, founded 2000, Butterfly.net until May 2005[3]) in August 2005.[4] NetImmerse then evolved to Gamebryo LightSpeed. During 2009 the development staff of Gamebryo was downsized,[5][6] and by July 2010 the engineering office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina was closed. On November 11, 2010, assets of EGT were offered for acquisition, including its intellectual Property (IP), in whole or in part.[7]

In December 2010, Korea-based Gamebase Co., Ltd., a longtime partner of EGT, finalized the acquisition of EGT assets and technology, and established a newly capitalized U.S. company, Gamebase USA.[8] Gamebase USA is based in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina and is focused on continual development of the Gamebryo game engine. The newest version, Gamebryo 4.0, was introduced in March 2012.

Features[edit]

The Gamebryo system is a suite of modular C++ libraries. Game developers can combine and extend the libraries to modify the engine for a particular game. Gamebryo's design emphasises a rapid prototyping approach aimed at an iterative development process.

The Gamebryo engine supports several deployment platforms including Microsoft Windows (DirectX 6-11), Mac, iOS, Android, Linux(OpenGL), Gamecube, Wii/WiiWare, PSX, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Gamebryo 4.0 is the latest version of the engine, designed to merge the original Gamebryo system with its LightSpeed spin-off.

Games[edit]

Gamebryo is used by numerous companies within the gaming industry. Below is a sample of titles that have used the engine:

Game Year Platform(s) Developer Publisher
Atlantica Online 2008 Windows Ndoors Ndoors
Florensia Online 2008 Windows AHA Entertainment GamesInFlames
BlackShot 2008 Windows Vertigo Games Vertigo Games, PlayOne Asia
Bully: Scholarship Edition 2008 Windows, Xbox 360, Wii, iOS, Android Rockstar Vancouver, Rockstar New England, Rockstar Toronto Rockstar Games
Catherine 2011 PS3, Xbox 360 Atlus Atlus
Civilization IV 2005 Windows, Mac Firaxis Games 2K Games
Aspyr[9]
Civilization Revolution 2008 Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo DS, iOS Firaxis Games 2K Games
Dance on Broadway 2010 Wii, PS3 Longtail Studios & AiLive Ubisoft
Dawntide 2011 Windows Working As Intended Working As Intended
Defense Grid: The Awakening 2008 Windows, Mac, Xbox 360 Hidden Path Entertainment Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios
Divinity II 2010 Windows, Xbox 360 Larian Studios dtp entertainment, 1C, cdv Software Entertainment
Dragonica 2009 Windows Gravity Games gPotato
Drift City 2007 Windows NPLUTO NHN Corporation
Defiance 2013 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 Trion Worlds, Human Head Studios Trion Worlds
Eden Eternal 2011 Windows X-Legend Aeria Games
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron 2011 PS3, Xbox 360 Ignition Entertainment Ignition Entertainment
Epic Mickey 2010 Wii Junction Point Studios Buena Vista (Disney Interactive Studios)
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two 2012 Windows, Mac, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 Junction Point Studios Buena Vista (Disney Interactive Studios)
Fallout 3[10] 2008 Windows, Xbox 360, PS3 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks
Fallout: New Vegas 2010 Windows, Xbox 360, PS3 Obsidian Entertainment Bethesda Softworks
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online 2015 Windows Nexon Inc., Neople NEXON Corporation
Grand Chase 2003 Windows KOG Studios Level Up! Games
Gujian Qitan 2010 Windows Shanghai Aurogon Gamebar
LEGO Universe 2010 Windows, Mac NetDevil Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
MapleStory 2 2015 Windows Nexon Inc., ProjectMS NEXON Corporation
PowerUp Heroes 2011 Xbox 360 Ubisoft Ubisoft
Ragnarok Online II: Legend of the Second 2011 Windows Gravity Corp. Gravity Corp.
Rift 2011 Windows Trion Worlds Trion Worlds
Rocksmith 2011 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Ubisoft
Rocksmith 2014 2013 Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One Ubisoft Ubisoft
Sid Meier's Pirates! 2004 Windows, Xbox, Mac, PSP Firaxis Games 2K Games
Atari
Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine 2007 Windows CAVE Atlus, Aeria Games, Marvelous USA
Splatterhouse 2010 PS3, Xbox 360 Namco Bandai Games Namco Bandai Games
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins 2008 Wii, PSP Acquire FromSoftware, Ubisoft
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006 Windows, Xbox 360, PS3 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 2008 Windows Mythic Entertainment Electronic Arts
Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes 2012 Windows BioWare Mythic Electronic Arts
Way of the Samurai 3 2008 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 Acquire Spike, Agetec, UFO Interactive Games, Rising Star Games, Ghostlight
Wheel of Fortune 2009 PS3 Sony Computer Entertainment Sony Computer Entertainment
Wizard101 2008 Windows, Mac KingsIsle Entertainment KingsIsle Entertainment
Yar's Revenge 2011 Windows, Xbox 360, PS3 Killspace Entertainment Atari

NetImmerse games[edit]

Game Year Platform(s) Developer Publisher
Dark Age of Camelot 2001 Windows Mythic Entertainment Vivendi Universal Games
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002 Windows, Xbox Bethesda Softworks Ubisoft Entertainment
Freedom Force 2002 Windows, Mac Irrational Games Electronic Arts
Futurama 2003 Xbox, PS2 Unique Development Studios Sweden
Memorick: The Apprentice Knight 2004 Xbox Microïds
Prince of Persia 3D 1999 Windows, Dreamcast Red Orb Entertainment
Simon The Sorcerer 3D 2002 Windows Headfirst Productions Adventure Soft
Star Trek: Bridge Commander 2002 Windows Totally Games Activision
Zoo Tycoon 2 2004 Windows Microsoft Game Studios

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gamebryo.com ~ History". Archived from the original on June 11, 2003.
  2. ^ "Gamebryo.com ~ About NDL Overview". Archived from the original on June 11, 2003.
  3. ^ "EMERGENT Game Technologies evolves from Butterfly.net". May 17, 2005. Archived from the original on July 13, 2005.
  4. ^ "Emergent: About Emergent Game Technologies". Archived from the original on April 19, 2006.
  5. ^ Alexander, Leigh (October 2, 2009). "Emergent Announces Restructuring, Layoffs". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  6. ^ French, Michael (October 2, 2009). "Restructuring and job losses at Emergent". Develop. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Gerbsman, Steven R. (November 11, 2010). "Sale of Emergent's Assets". Gerbsman Partners Blog. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Alexander, Leigh (December 22, 2010). "Longtime Partner Gamebase Revealed As Gamebryo Buyer". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Coleman, Stephen (March 14, 2005). "Sid Meier's Civilization IV Powered By Gamebryo". IGN. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007.
  10. ^ "Bethesda Speaks On Gamebryo Engine, Final Fallout 3 DLC". Slashdot. July 9, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.

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