Archive for June, 2009

Userjoy – second BigWorld title on its way – Heroes : ‘Scions of Phoenix’

Monday, June 22nd, 2009, posted by skg

from the Hot off the Press dept.

Userjoy – Taiwan MMOG powerhouse, is working on the final touches of its second BigWorld-powered title, Heroes – Scions of Phoenix, a Windows-based, fantasy MMO currently slated for a late 2009 release.

Previewed at E3 2009, the latest fantasy outing from Userjoy focuses a mix of martial arts, history and magic for gamers to immerse themselves in. Head over to MMOSite for an early review and more images.

BigWorld features in Develop Top 10 2009

Thursday, June 18th, 2009, posted by skg

from the It’s just nice to be included dept.

“Version 2.0 offers performance increases due to improved multi-threading support on the client side, various special and post-effects that enable a wide range of real-time filters to be applied to the graphics engine, including sophisticated motion blur, depth of field and colour correction and distortions. On the server side, the architecture has been rolled over onto 64-bit, enabling much greater memory addressability – and therefore larger, more complex worlds – and further revisions to server scalability, reliability and general performance.”

More at the link.

Grandia CBT next week

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, posted by skg

from the Step on up dept.

According to, there is a short closed beta test this week of Grandia Online, for a lucky few at least. More information at this link.

Grandia Online coming Summer 2009!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009, posted by skg

from the It’s all over the web – even in Japan dept.

Japan is getting its second BigWorld-powered title launching in as many years, with Tokyo-based Gamearts studio publishing the online fest with Gungho.

“Yoshitada Iwata, Producer at GungHo Online Entertainment, commented that “The BigWorld Technology provides a robust, cost effective way for us to bring GameArts’ online visions to life. Both the technology and the support we receive from the BigWorld team are second to none, and I cannot recommend the BigWorld platform more highly to teams considering creating any kind of massively multiplayer online game.”

More on the full release of this game, currently slated for Summer 2009 available here and here.

E3 – Userjoy’s Kingdom Heroes 2 Trailer

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009, posted by skg

from the You were there and you saw it dept.