Grows Autodesk's Videogame Middleware and Simulation Offering
By Press Release / May 7, 2008
Autodesk, Inc. today
announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kynogon SA, the
privately held maker of Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware.
Autodesk announced its intent to acquire Paris-based Kynogon on February
19, 2008. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Kynapse has been used to develop more than 65 AAA game titles, including
Alone in the Dark 5, Crackdown, Fable 2 and The Lord of the Rings Online:
Shadows of Angmar. Kynapse gives characters spatial awareness, enabling
them to realistically navigate digital environments. As well, Kynapse is
widely used in simulation industries.
“The acquisition of Kynogon extends Autodesk’s leadership in game
development and simulation technology. We welcome Kynogon’s customers,
partners, and employees to Autodesk,” said Marc Petit, Autodesk Media &
Entertainment senior vice president. “The future of video games is about
more believable characters and environments. Due to the increasing
complexity of video games, developers are adopting commercial middleware
solutions such as Kynapse and Autodesk HumanIK to improve game play and to
stay on time and on budget.”