SIMPLYGON ENABLES MOBILE GAME RELEASE
Linköping, Sweden - September 8th, 2016 - Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation, and Uppercut Games announced that Submerged for iOS fully relied on Simplygon optimization. The Unreal ® Engine 4 game is a third-person exploration, post-apocalyptic indie game, originally developed for PC and console. The initial manual optimization on the city buildings and landmarks left the team with thousands of individual objects to draw, and this was too taxing on the most mobile GPUs. Simplygon and the HLOD feature allowed the studio to easily add Level of Detail at a series of different aspects of the open world game.
“Without Simplygon's tool we would never have been able to release Submerged on iOS” said Andrew James, co-Founder of Uppercut Games. “We were pleasantly surprised to see how seem-less the transitions to HLOD mesh looked on device, even when swapped out to the LOD at a close distance. The Simplygon HLOD optimization allowed us to keep most of the original PC / console high poly art for the detail areas of the game where the player explores, walks and climbs.”
“Mobile is becoming increasingly powerful and talented developers as Uppercut can deliver really high-fidelity graphics on these devices. Obviously though, there are restrictions and limitations so optimization is key to a good game experience. It feels great to be able to provide UE4 developers with a robust and easy-to-use integration and an efficient way of optimizing original content, making games both look great and run smoothly across platforms. We are thrilled that Uppercut chose Simplygon for Submerged and are happy with their results.”, explained Martin Ekdal, co-Founder of Simplygon.
Simplygon was used in different manners to maintain the art quality while reaching a good frame rate. The HLOD feature combines hundreds of small individual detail meshes and reduces them to single draw call LOD meshes. This had a dramatic improvement on the game's frame rate on iOS devices. A meaningful example is the reduction percentage done in Submerged. HLOD reduced 4176 meshes (many with multiple materials) down to 30 LOD meshes (99% reduction), and 1.38 million polygons down to 183,000 polygons (87% reduction). Simplygon replaced an optimization task that would have taken months to do manually to only a week of work.
Simplygon is the de facto standard optimization solution for large AAA PC and console games; mobile games; and MMOs, and is applicable to any medium where 3D art assets are created or utilized. By automating the optimization process required to make games run smooth, Simplygon helps digital content creators save important resources where artists would otherwise need to manually re-create large amounts of content.
About Uppercut Games
Submerged is Uppercut Games’ fifth release, following on from their successful mobile games: EPOCH, SnowJinks EPOCH 2 and Danger Dodgers.
Uppercut Games is an independent video game development studio founded in 2011 by Ed Orman, Andrew James and Ryan Lancaster. The trio have over 38 years of combined experience, initially cutting their teeth on PC games like Fallout: Tactics, Freedom Force and Tribes: Vengeance before moving on to console games with BioShock, BioShock 2 and XCOM. Submerged is financed with the assistance of Screen Australia’s Games Enterprise Program.
Simplygon is the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization technology for the games industry. In recent years, demand for immersive and game-like experiences has spread to new markets. From its roots in AAA game production, the software is increasingly used by companies wishing to unlock and optimize their 3D data for product design, visualization and marketing. Simplygon’s vision is to extend its platform to allow all enterprises to easily and affordably prepare and optimize 3D assets for all use-cases and size requirements.
Founded in 2006, Simplygon is a privately held company based in Sweden. For more information visit: www.simplygon.com
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