RETROSPECTIVE OF A GREAT 2016
With the holiday season approaching, Virtuos ends 2016 on a high note! 2016 marks a new record of co-development releases for both consoles and PC. Titles such as Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy X and X.2 HD Remaster, Batman: Return to Arkham, and Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection represent a lineup we are proud to stand behind!
Virtuos Acquires Black Shamrock, Continues Global Growth Momentum with New Ireland Subsidiary
Shanghai – February 24, 2017 - Virtuos, a global leader in videogame content production, today announced it has acquired a controlling interest in Dublin-based independent game studio Black Shamrock. Founded in 2016, the studio of 15 employees is led by co-founder and Managing Director Olivier Masclef, formerly of Widescreen Games, with continued plans for expansion over the next two years. Black Shamrock will continue to operate as an independent studio focused on core gamer strategy and RPG titles for PC and consoles, while benefitting from the expanded business development and production resources available from Virtuos.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, first of the AAA console titles remastered by Virtuos releasing in 2017, reach an excellent 87% on Metacritic
Shanghai, China – September 10th 2017 We at Virtuos are proud to have had the opportunity to participate in the development of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, providing a second life for the Playstation 2 classic on the Playstation 4 console. After over a decade in waiting, Final Fantasy XII has been re-released by SQUARE ENIX in July with a richer, freshly polished visual experience. The graphical renovating process introduced high definition textures, post filters and lighting improvements via Physically Based Rendering to the already stunning style of series entry.
''Spot It! Duel '', a Dobble game Co-developed by Virtuos is available now on iOS and Android
Virtuos is thrilled to announce that Spot it! Duel-A Dobble Game released globally on iOS and Android. Co-developed by Virtuos and Asmodee Digital Spot it! Duel-A Dobble Gamel - brings the quick-paced, addictive symbol-matching fun of Asmodee’s record-selling tabletop card game, Dobble to mobile devices… For free!
Elijah Freeman Joins Virtuos to Expand In-house Game Development Capabilities
Virtuos, a global leader in videogame content production, today announced that 15-year game industry veteran Elijah Freeman has joined its headquarters in Shanghai as Group Development Director, providing global creative and executional direction for the company’s Game Division.
New Virtuos studio opens at the center of Paris: Virtuos Notre Dame
Virtuos is proud to announce that we officially opened this Wednesday a new studio in Paris: Virtuos Notre Dame. Based on an island in the middle of the Seine and of Paris: L Île de la Cité is the place where the well-known Notre Dame de Paris Church is also located.
Assassin’s Creed® The Ezio Collection releases graphically enhanced and with improved effects from Virtuos
Shanghai, China - November 17, 2016 - Virtuos, a worldwide leader in videogame content production, announced its partnership with Ubisoft Montreal for the portage of Assassin’s Creed® The Ezio Collection out today. Available for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, Assassin’s Creed® The Ezio Collection offers fans single-player campaigns and single-player add-ons for Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Additionally, this three-title bundle includes the complete Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Assassin’s Creed Embers short films, giving a clearer glimpse into the background of the dashing yet dangerous Ezio Auditore da Firenze, from beginning to end.
Carbon Warfare Launches on IOS and Android!
Shanghai. - November 17, 2016 - Gamesource, the Virtuos-group game development studio behind XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM: Enemy Within mobile versions, today launched Carbon Warfare, a new shockingly realistic strategy simulation title. Carbon Warfare lets players experience the lethal consequences of global warming arising from excess investment in carbon-fueled industries. It’s up to players to find the optimal winning combination of industries and ecological disasters that will ultimately lead to the destruction of Earth, before positive forces, their opponent in the game, can find the solutions to carbon emissions.
FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE ANNOUNCED FOR PS4
Shanghai, China –September 30, 2016 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that we took a direct part in fully renovating Square Enix 2006 PS2 version of Final Fantasy XII, providing a second life for the title on PS4. For the renovation process visuals have been upgraded with high definition textures, post filters and lighting improvement via Current Generation Rendering Hybrid. Improvements of gameplay experience have been made with new features such as the turbo function, the auto save system and the decrease of loading time.
Batman: Return to Arkham Announced for PS4 and Xbox One with Remaster by Virtuos
Batman: Return to Arkham is the first Xbox One title for Virtuos’ co-development team and the third for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Heavy Rain releases on PS4 with HD Upgrade by Virtuos
Shanghai, China – 24th March 2016 – Virtuos is proud to announce our first co-development project of 2016: Quantic Dream's title Heavy Rain HD on PS4. Virtuos fully remastered the 2010 PS3 version of Heavy Rain, providing a second life for the title on PS4. This process involved upgrading all visuals, taking the pipeline and engine from 32-bit to 64-bit, and adding PS4 exclusive features such as PLAYGO & Share. This is our second co-developed PS4 title after Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD and another important milestone in Virtuos’ flourishing co-development track record. Originally released on PlayStation 3 in February of 2010, Heavy Rain was an interactive drama action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream. It has come to be known as a “film noir thriller”, featuring four diverse protagonists. Each are uniquely involved in the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses extended periods of rainfall to drown his victims.
Virtuos, World largest user of Allegorithmic ‘s 3D painting software, Substance Painter.
Shanghai, China – November 27th 2015 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that Virtuos Group is now the world's largest user of Substance Painter, Allegorithmic’s renowned 3D painting software. As part of the partnership between the two companies Virtuos has also successfully produced part of official Substance Database. We began the process 3 years ago by creating a series of internal certificates (such as “Introduction to G4 Shader”) to help structure and facilitate the training of our artists. To aid the transition to PBR, Virtuos deployed the use of Substance Painter on a massive, company wide scale. With this, we ensured that our artists and teams would be ready and armed with the best and most up-to-date training available. As such, we are now able to actively respond to our clients’ needs in the most efficient way possible. To date, Virtuos continues to train artists on other PBR compliant tools to adapt to any existing pipelines.
Fairy Fantasy releases on AppStore and Android
Shanghai, China – August 21 2015 Virtuos proudly announces the release in China of Fairy Fantasy. Fully developed by Virtuos based on a NetEase IP and publish by the later , this RPG card Game has released on AppStore and Android.
Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD release on PS4 with remastering by Virtuos with an 87% Metacritic score.
Shanghai, China – 18th May 2015 – Virtuos is proud to announce the release of Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD for PS4. Created and published by Square Enix, the HD versions of the titles were remastered by Virtuos. Final Fantasy X /X-2 HD has been adapted from PS3 to PS4 by Virtuos team. This is the first PS4 title for Virtuos co-development team track record and another important milestone for the team who previously successfully adapted the AAA title from PS2 to Vita and PS3. The key features of Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD for PS4 are as follow: ‘’Brand New to PS4 - Take advantage of the PS4’s native features to share your journey across Spira like never before. Transfer your save and continue your progress across your PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, and PlayStation® VITA systems. FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster is available wherever you play. (PS3 and VITA versions sold separately.) New 30 Minute Audio Drama – Intact from the PS3 version, players can listen to the events that occur after FINAL FANTASY X-2, narrated by their favorite characters and accessible from the title screen at any time. Gorgeous High-Definition Graphics – In addition to the visual upgrades that the main character models, textures, and backgrounds received for the PS3 version, more NPCs and monsters join their carefully reworked counterparts. High-Definition Audio - Play FINAL FANTASY X with the beautifully remastered soundtrack or, new to the PS4 version, switch back to the original classic tracks.’’* 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 *Source: Square Enix Online store. https://store.na.square-enix.com/product/282151/final-fantasy-xx-2-hd-remaster-limited-edition-ps4
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.”