THE BALANCE BETWEEN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND PROJECT EFFICIENCY NEEDS CAREFUL MANAGEMENT TO DRIVE SUCCESS IN AAA GAMES AND MOVIES
In this installment, Nicodemus Mattisson, Director of Virtuos' concept Art Team, talks in depth about how to balance the common conundrum between artistic expression and project efficiency.
A PRODUCER’S VIEW: EFFECTIVE CO-DEVELOPMENT MAKES FOR BETTER GAMES
The second in a series of regular articles highlighting learnings and best practice from Virtuos' global development, Art and VFX teams.
NINTENDO’S SUCCESSFUL SWITCH PLATFORM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPERS, AND OFFERS AN INSTALL BASE OF CLOSE TO 20 MILLION
VIRTUOS CONTRIBUTED TO 6 OF THE TOP 10 HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS OF ALL TIME
Our Movie Department has produced several unique aircraft, vehicles, weapons and key assets along with digital doubles that include your beloved superheroes.
EXCELLING AT 2D AND 3D ANIMATION FOR GAMES, TV AND MOVIES TAKES NATURAL TALENT, A MYRIAD OF SKILLS AND SUPERB TRAINING
SPARX* CONTRIBUTES TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
In 2014 & 2015, our Sparx studio had the opportunity to work on the highly anticipated blockbuster Star Wars: The Force awakens. The team contributed to the production of 25 Characters including fan favorites C3PO, Han Solo and Rey. They also contributed to 10 Vehicles including Rey’s speeder, along with numerous props featured in key moments throughout the film.
RETROSPECTIVE OF A GREAT 2015
With 2015 coming to a close, Virtuos is ending the year on a high note! Looking at our 2015 co-development track record, we have set new high standards of quality in shipping Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD on PS4 . This Japanese RPG scored an impressive 87% on Metacritic, which places it at the very top of the list of all time high scores obtained for an HD remaster. On the game Art side, Virtuos year’s top achievements included work on AAA titles that have earned 4 of this year’s “IGN Best of E3 2015 Awards” as well as the recently released Metal Gear Solid the Phantom Pain, Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rainbow Six Siege and Just Cause 3 to name but a few. Finally this year, our Virtuos movie team produced top quality assets for 5 blockbuster films, including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World. Topping off our amazing year in films, we are of course thrilled that the tremendously anticipated Star Wars The Force Awakens, has recently released in theatres with 3D asset support from Virtuos. Though we cannot mention all of the fantastic projects we worked on this year – there were indeed many! A big “thank you” to all of our studio partners for your valued trust and partnership. It truly allows us to work in a more integrated and efficient way and motivates us to raise the bar higher, with each and every project.
UNTIL DAWN RELEASED WITH ANIMATION AND MODELING FROM VIRTUOS
Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to work on Until Dawn, the awesomely scary horror game from Supermassive Games.
SPARX* CONTRIBUTES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE JURASSIC PARK SERIES: JURASSIC WORLD
Sparx* proudly announces that the team had the opportunity to work on the blockbuster Jurassic World.
DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 RELEASED WITH ANIMATION AND ART FROM SPARX*
We are proud to have had the exciting opportunity to contribute to Disney Infinity 3.0
DISNEY REBELS SEASON 2 PREMIERED WITH FULL EPISODES PRODUCED BY VIRTUOS
Saigon, Vietnam – Wednesday 21th October 2015 – Virtuos is proud to have been a part of producing 5 full episodes of Star Wars Rebels Season 2, which premiered on Wednesday October 14th at 9:30pm on Disney XD.
Sparx’ work showcased at all E3 2015 staged conferences
Sparx* is proud to announce that we have worked on 21 of the hottest games at E3 this year! The lineup of Sparx-contributed games included several prominent titles displayed at the press conferences held by Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, Bethesda and Square-Enix These 21 games represent 12 major different publishers. “Sparx* is proud to have contributed to eagerly anticipated new games at each of the big three’s press conferences,” said Sparx*’ GM Didier Montarou. Sparx*’s games of E3 also included several titles that won “Best of E3’’ awards from IGN. Those awards include: • Best PlayStation 4 game • Best action game • Best Sport game • Best Racing Game In addition, Sparx* worked on 5 runners up and 5 nominees for ‘’Game of the show’’ E3 2015 The whole Sparx* team is looking forward to playing them!
Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters with 3D Art from Sparx*
Sparx* is excited to have had the opportunity to work on yet another superhero classic motion picture in partnership with ILM. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, of which Sparx* also contributed to. Our art team produced several unique superhero vehicles along with digital doubles for the Avengers Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch. Set in the Eastern European country of Sokovia, Earths mightiest superheroes band together to do battle with Ultron, a technological android enemy who believes he must destroy the human race in order to save Earth. A hair-raising global adventure unfolds as the Avengers encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff) and attempt to stop Ultron from enacting his plan of human extinction. Avengers: Age of Ultron was directed by Joss Whedon and features a multitude of A-list Hollywood stars such as Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury) and James Spader (Ultron). The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Tops $1 Billion Box Office Mark In 24 Days After Debut This is an epic sequel that is not to be missed!
''Halo: The Master Chief Collection” releases with 3D Art support from Virtuos
Shanghai, China – December 22th 2014 –Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to the culmination of a franchise over a decade in the making – Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Virtuos supported 343 Industries by providing modeling for a variety of armor pieces as well as props for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of the collection. Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, the Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as The Master Chief Collection – a collection of all four Halo games – featuring a fully re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, the new digital series Halo: Nightfall, and finally access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. 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
Virtuos Closes New Series B Funding Round to Sustain Growth Momentum
Shanghai, China, December 15, 2014 – Virtuos announces today that it has secured a new series B round of funding from Shanghai-based Xuhui Venture Capital. At the same time, Virtuos welcomes two new board members as strategic advisors: Steven Chiang, former President of Games at Zynga, and François Candelon, Senior Partner for Technology, Media and Telecommunications and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group. With more than 1,000 staff spread across eight studios and offices worldwide, Virtuos offers a full range of services from 2D/3D artwork to full game development across multiple platforms. While the Virtuos management team retains a controlling interest in the company, this new round of investment will support the company’s strategy to continuously grow its expertise in the latest game development and art techniques. It will also allow the company to further develop its creative abilities, adding skilled talent and increasing its co-production capabilities, where the company invests resources alongside publishers to create new titles, such as the recently announced Fairy Fantasy for iOS and Android, which was co-produced with Chinese publisher Netease. Virtuos also plans to build tools that facilitate integration with client teams in order to offer higher value-added services to game publishers and developers worldwide. The addition of Steven Chiang and Francois Candelon to the board of directors will greatly strengthen the company’s corporate governance at a time when it has stepped out of start-up mode and is focused on managing growth sustainably. Steven comes with 20 years’ experience in the games industry, having previously held top positions at Zynga and Electronic Arts, where he was responsible for managing game studios and development strategies. Francois is a practice leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where he specializes in Information Technology. He has been advising IT multinationals on strategies for growth and operational challenges for more than two decades. “The investment by Xuhui Venture Capital is a great testament to our ongoing success and will strengthen our ability to continue investing in talent and tools as we develop into the preferred partner for publishers and developers worldwide,” said Virtuos Co-Founder and CEO, Gilles Langourieux. “In addition, bringing Steven and Francois onto the board will ensure we have the right expertise to manage growth sustainably, while Virtuos focuses on adding value to its clients in order to help them achieve more.” Xuhui Venture Capital is an investment fund located in the Xuhui district of Shanghai, China, the same district chosen by other leading companies such as Tencent and Oriental Dreamworks as their base in Shanghai. The firm is a long-time partner of the government-supported start-up incubator where Virtuos was founded 10 years ago and has investment experience in IT and gaming companies, bringing valuable insight to Virtuos. Xuhui Government recognized Virtuos in 2014 with the title of ‘Top 30 Company Start-up from Xuhui District.’ About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has studios and offices in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employs more than 1,000 staff 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.
Ubisoft releases Far Cry 4 with 3D Character Art Support from Virtuos
Shanghai, China – December 15th 2014 – Virtuos is proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to the most recent installment of the Far Cry franchise – Far Cry 4 – developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with numerous other Ubisoft studios. Virtuos supported Ubisoft by providing character & clothing modeling for many of the key characters in the game. Far Cry 4 represents another milestone for Virtuos’ character art team who also contributed to previous chapter of the franchise, Far Cry 3, back in 2012. Far Cry 4 invites the player to experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape. 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
Virtuos celebrates 10 years as a global leader in game development
Shanghai, China, December 5, 2014 – Virtuos today celebrates the 10th anniversary of the company’s foundation in 2004 and tonight hosts a party in Shanghai to thank employees, clients and friends in the gaming industry for their support over the years. Over the last decade, Virtuos has grown from a startup serving a single client to become one of the world’s largest video game development companies with more than 1,000 staff spread across eight studios and offices worldwide. Today, the company offers a full range of services from 2D/3D artwork to full game development across multiple platforms and consoles, whilst also expanding into game co-production. With a client roster featuring fifteen of the world’s top twenty digital entertainment companies, the Virtuos name has become synonymous with quality, professionalism and innovation across the games development industry. This milestone marks the high point of an already exciting year for Virtuos, which has seen the company achieve a string of record-breaking successes, including: contributing art to 50% of the top 10 best-selling games on XboxOne and Playstation 4; shipping XCOM Enemy Within for IOS, the third title developed in China to exceed the 85% Metacritic Metascore* (the other two titles were also co-developed by Virtuos); and providing 3D models for Transformers: Age of Extinction, which has become China’s top-grossing box office game of all time. “We knew that establishing the company early in China would provide access to the industry’s largest and most promising talent pool,” said Virtuos’ Co-Founder and CEO, Gilles Langourieux, an industry veteran with 20 years of experience growing game development studios. “Our base in Shanghai has proved to be a solid foundation for international market outreach – and through the quality of our team’s creative design and sheer hard work, we have succeeded in building a global game industry player here in China.” Over the years, Virtuos has accumulated expertise enabling it to manage every aspect of high-quality game development. The company now plans to leverage this expertise by engaging in co-productions where it invests resources alongside clients to create new titles. One of the first such title is Fairy Master for IOS and Android which has been co-produced with leading China publisher Netease and is currently in Beta testing. Other co-productions are in the works with publishers looking to leverage their brand in new ways and with smaller developers looking to bring their vision more vibrantly to life. Commenting on this new direction, Langourieux said: “We want to be the first company that publishers and developers think about when they ask themselves: ‘who can help us do more?’” About Virtuos Virtuos is one of the largest game developers specializing in 3D art and game development for consoles and mobile devices. The company has studios and offices in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Saigon, Vancouver, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, and employs more than 1,000 staff representing 15 nationalities. Virtuos’ clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainment companies worldwide as well as renowned independent studios.