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.
The Last of Us launches with 3D art from Virtuos
Thursday June 13 2013 It’s finally here. In a little under twenty-hours you can pop the most critically acclaimed game of 2012-2013 to date into your PS3 and go on a breathtaking, tension-filled journey with Joel and Ellie. The critical reception has been humbling and awe-inspiring. We’re honored by the recognition but most excited to hear what you, our fans, followers, family and friends, think about our work.
Virtuos Helps Top-Selling EA SPORTS FIFA Franchise Develop Authentic Player Models
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13 sold over 4.5 million games across all platforms worldwide in the five days after it launched and was the No. 1 selling game in at least 40 countries around the world. It was the biggest sports videogame launch of all-time.
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.
Might & Magic Heroes VI Shades of Darkness Now Available
A century after the tragic events of Might & Magic Heroes VI, that determined the heroic fate of a dynasty, Shades of Darkness recounts, in two original campaigns, pivotal moments in Ashan’s darker history that will define the future of a decadent underground people and decide the survival of the dying cult of the Spider Queen. Determine the fates of two legendary factions; the Dark Elves of Dungeon and the Necromancers of Necropolis.
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
NBA 2K13 Adapted for Android, PSP and Wii by Virtuos
Enter the New Dynasty with NBA 2K13, the latest installment of the top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise 12 years running. Built on the critically acclaimed NBA 2K engine, NBA 2K13 for Android features improved graphics and intuitive One-Finger controls to give you the ultimate NBA experience while on the go. NBA 2K13 also lets you relive some of the most memorable performances in NBA history, including Kobe Bryant’s 81-point performance in 2006. Executive produced by multi-platinum recording artist JAY Z, who personally curated this year’s soundtrack.
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.
GSN’s Enchanted Library launches on Facebook
Virtuos is proud to have worked with GSN to develop Enchanted Library, the hidden object game on Facebook. Explore beloved classic stories through exciting hidden object gameplay, then create your own magical world inspired by your favorite books! Meet the mystic librarian who will guide you on a journey to restore your favorite classic stories!
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.
Civilization Revolution released for Windows Phone 7
GLOBAL DOMINATION TO GO! Build. Discover. Conquer. Rule the World! Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution is an award-winning title with “just one more turn” put into the palms of your hands. Lead your civilization from the dawn of man to the modern age and beyond. Go head to head with history’s greatest leaders as you wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, inspire your nation and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.