Mac gaming gets emotional

 The Mac is slowly evolving as a more serious platform for gamers, with the release of key game development software for OS X.

MysticGD today announced its realtime game animation middleware software, Emotion FX, is now officially available for the Mac. And it’s the growing marketshare for Apple computers that has driven the company to make the move, it confirmed this morning.

Emotion FX has been used in the development of a huge range of titles for multiple platforms, including Mythic Entertainment’s Warhammer Online; Tilted Mill’s SimCity Societies; and Sony’s Vanguard – Saga of Heroes.

“The Mac platform is getting more and more marketshare, and as a result the Mac gaming sector is getting stronger,” said John van der Burg, development director at the company.

“We are pleased to support PowerPC and Intel based Macs and are looking forward to working closely together with more Mac developers," he added.

EMotion FX is a real time, next generation, Character Animation SDK. The SDK is designed to take full advantage of hardware that allows parallel processing and also includes a code path optimized for single processor hardware. The SDK includes full body skeletal and facial animation support, Lipsync, real time motion retargeting, inverse kinematics, PhysX Ragdoll support, and comprehensive exporters for Max and Maya.

The software has been used by game developers worldwide to produce games in all genres and is currently available for PS3, Wii, Xbox360, Mac and PC.

 

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