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.
GDC 2017 Talk: Virtuos’ contribution to the Star Wars Universe
During GDC 2017 in San Francisco the Virtuos team delivered an in depth talk about our work on the Star Wars universe across different mediums and the artistic challenges in finding a balance between consistency and specificity for each of these Star Wars entities.
Horizon Zero Dawn, our 1000th project, released with 3D art from Virtuos!
Virtuos supported Guerrilla Games by providing modeling for 10 key robots, and numerous unique environmental props. Virtuos artists were also able to design character clothing, including costume variants for Aloy, the hero of this exhilarating new action role playing game.
2017, A PROMISING YEAR IN MOVIES FOR VIRTUOS WITH A LINEUP OF FIVE BLOCKBUSTERS
2017 looks very promising for the Virtuos movie team with the planned release this year of five movies we contributed to. Thanks to our partnership with Industrial Light & Magic our team keeps producing top quality assets for blockbusters.
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.
WATCH_DOGS 2 RELEASES WITH MASSIVE CONTENT WORK FROM VIRTUOS
Shanghai, China – November 15th, 2016 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that our Art team worked with Ubisoft on the much anticipated open-world Watch Dogs 2, the latest installment of the groundbreaking franchise. Virtuos was involved in producing top quality AAA art assets representing a huge part of the art content of the game. Virtuos teams in Shanghai and Chengdu helped create thousands of props and breakable assets and numerous buildings.
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.
DEUS EX RELEASES WITH 3D ART FROM VIRTUOS
Shanghai, China – August 25th 2016 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that we had the opportunity to contribute to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided® the latest installment of the legendary franchise and the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution®. Virtuos supported Eidos®-Montréal by providing modeling for more than 30 key characters. In addition Virtuos team in Vietnam worked on more than 200 hours of mocap animation and produced hundreds of animation cycles for the AAA game.
Virtuos contributed to Transformers mobile game
Shanghai, China – July 27th 2016 – Virtuos is proud to have had the exciting opportunity to contribute to Transformers: Earth Wars the latest mobile game from Space Ape Games and Backflip Studios.
Virtuos contributed to 5 of the top 5 highest grossing opening weekend films of all time
Shanghai, China – June 30th 2016 – Virtuos is proud to have had the exciting opportunity to partner with Industrial Light & Magic on yet another blockbuster superhero movie. Captain America: Civil War is the thirteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, to which Virtuos also contributed.
"Virtuos-contributed games" have been showcased at all E3 2016 staged conferences
Shanghai, China – 17th June 2016 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that we have worked on 16 of the hottest games at E3 this year. The lineup of Virtuos-contributed games included prominent titles displayed at the press conferences held by EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft and Sony.
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.
VIRTUOS APPOINTS DAN OFFNER AS ADVISOR TO THE BOARD AND BRIAN WADDLE AS GLOBAL PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING.
Shanghai, China – May 26, 2016 – Virtuos a leading provider of game development services, today announced that Dan Offner has joined its Board as an Advisor and Brian Waddle is joining the Company as its Global President of Sales & Marketing.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR RELEASES IN THEATERS WITH 3D ART FROM VIRTUOS
Shanghai, China – May 18th 2016 – Virtuos had the exciting opportunity to partner with Industrial Light & Magic on yet another blockbuster superhero movie. Captain America: Civil War is the thirteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, to which Virtuos also contributed.
GARY SHAPIRO, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association attended Virtuos VR game Domino's Premiere at CES Asia.
Shanghai, China, May 16th 2016 – Virtuos had the pleasure to welcome to its VR space Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association and Axel Cruau, French consul. The French consul tried ‘Domino’, Virtuos latest VR game and enjoyed our virtual immersive experience. Domino is a game for the whole family where everybody can play with domino pieces and create infinite possibilities which would be impossible in real world. The content can then be shared with friends. Domino was showcased for the first time during CES Asia and is the third VR game Virtuos worked on after Star wars Trials on Tatooine and Mars 2030. With hundreds of companies exhibiting thousands of products to hundreds of thousands of attendees there was a lot to see at Shanghai’s CES Asia. It is worth noticing that Robots, drones and virtual reality stole the limelight of the show. About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game software development for consoles and mobile devices. 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
UNCHARTED 4 RELEASES WITH 3D ART FROM VIRTUOS
Shanghai, China, 16th May 2016 – Virtuos is thrilled to announce that we had the opportunity to contribute to Uncharted 4: A thief’s end the latest installment of the legendary franchise. Virtuos supported Naughty Dog by producing clothings for more than 30 characters including the main protagonist Drake, as well as numerous vehicles and environments. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes Sam and Drake through jungle islands, urban cities and snow-capped peaks in the search for Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure. We are very proud to continue this successful collaboration and long standing partnership with Naughty Dog.
Virtuos showcasing vr game at CES Asia
Shanghai, China – 10th May 2016 Virtuos will be present at CES Asia, taking place in Shanghai from May 11th to 13th Virtuos will be located in the Hall 4, within the French tech pavilion. Started in 2005, Virtuos has become the biggest independent game company in China and one of largest game developers in the world. Virtuos is now working with the majority of the biggest names in Entertainment, such as Disney, Warner, Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft. The company is growing fast with plus 20% revenue in 2015 and at least the same planned for 2016. In terms of overall growth, Virtuos has planned to hire more than 200 people in 2016 alone and intends to double its overall presence in France, within the Virtuos Paris Studio. At CES, Virtuos will showcase for the first time an innovative VR game named Domino, where the player can create content and share with friends. The Virtuos team looks forward to meeting with everybody on the floor at CES. 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