VIRTUOS UPDATED STUDIES: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS A PRIORITY FOR GAME DESIGN INVESTMENT FOR COMING YEAR
New research from Virtuos’ upcoming Save Point Report surveying the games industry has found that Artificial Intelligence for game design and creation is the top investment priority for studios this year. The report was first published on the MCVUK.com by journalist Jennifer Allen.
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD for PS3 and PS Vita releases in US with 85% Metacritic score
Shanghai, China – March 18 2014 – Virtuos today announced the release in North America of Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD for PS3 and PS Vita. Created and published by Square Enix, the HD versions of the titles were remastered by Virtuos. Critics have noted and the game scored 85% Metacritic, which places it at the very top of scores ever obtained for an HD remaster. http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/final- fantasy-x-x-2-hd-remaster/critic-reviews IGN rated the game 93%, commenting that “Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is outstanding”.
China lifts 14-year console ban in Shanghai Free Trade Zone
China, Shanghai – January 6, 2014 – The State Council has released a statement announcing the ban of video-game consoles in China has been lifted for the first time since it was imposed in June 2000. This means foreign-invested enterprises are now allowed to produce consoles in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone and legally sell them throughout the country.
Virtuos Wins Gold in Intranet Innovation Awards
September 9, 2013 – Shanghai, China – Virtuos has been awarded a gold medal in the 2013 Intranet Innovation Awards. This Global award celebrates new ideas and innovative approaches to the enhancement and delivery of intranets.
Virtuos Contributes to Two Highest-Rated Games of 2013 to Date
We are delighted to announce that Virtuos has contributed to the two highest-rated games on Metacritic in 2013 to date – including one from the Virtuos Art Division, and one from the Virtuos Games Division.
Virtuos opens office in San Francisco
San Francisco, USA – June 4, 2013 – Virtuos announced that it has opened an office in San Francisco – the company’s second North American office. The expansion will allow Virtuos to better serve its clients in California and the US. Virtuos Vancouver will remain the North American regional headquarters.
Concept Artist Tyler West gives week-long training as Virtuos Shanghai adds new Concept Art Director
Virtuos was delighted to host one of the world’s leading concept artists, Tyler West, for an intensive week-long training session in its Shanghai production center. The training coincides with the addition of a new Virtuos Concept Art Director, Alexei Nechytaylo, who is also a seasoned professional in the industry.
Virtuos CEO Gilles Langourieux Speaks at the Autodesk AU2012 Conference
Mr. Langourieux speaks on the need for more content on more platforms in the next generation
Emmy-Winning R&D Director Christophe Archambault Rejoins Sparx*
Saigon, Vietnam – October 24, 2012 – Sparx is pleased to announce that Christophe Archambault has rejoined the Sparx team in Vietnam as R&D Director. Mr. Archambault was one of the cofounders of Sparx studio in 1995, and won an Emmy Award for his work on the pioneering Sparx animated series Rolie Polie Olie.
Virtuos Celebrates Eight Years and 1000 Virtuosi
Virtuos is proud to announce that it has reached the 1,000-staff milestone across its seven worldwide locations. This milestone is significant as the company faces sustained demand for next-gen games, online and mobile games as well as CG animation.
Virtuos opens new development center in China
Virtuos announced that it has opened its fourth production center in the Chinese city of Xian. The expansion will give Virtuos a larger pool of resources to address growing demand from clients and place Virtuos near the 1000-staff milestone. With outsourcing becoming mainstream in the games industry and demand fueled by larger projects coming from the US, Japan, Korea and China, this move is aimed at ensuring that the company can serve its clients in producing more content for more platforms.
“Rango” wins Oscar for best animated feature film
LOS ANGELES | Mon Feb 27, 2012 (Reuters) – “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a pet chameleon who tries to bring law and order to a town in the Wild West, won the Oscar for best animated feature film on Sunday.
Industry Veteran Production Director Frederick Lissau Joins Virtuos company Sparx
Saigon, Vietnam – February 28, 2012 – Sparx has added industry veteran Frederick Lissau to its growing Vietnam Studio. Frederick brings more than 15 years of animation production experience with companies including Disney Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Imageworks, Universal Studios and SCEA. He joins Sparx as Director of Production.