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Microsoft acquires 3D data optimsation toolset Simplygon

Microsoft has announced it has acquired Simplygon, the company responsible for the 3D data optimisation toolkit of the same name.

Simplygon is used by industry heavyweights Naughty Dog, Capcom, 2K, Epic Games, Bethesda, Rockstar, Ubisoft, CD Projekt RED, Nintendo,Bungie, PlatinumGames,Warner Bros., Konami, Square Enix, Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Telltale Games, Sony Bend, Sega and many more. Microsoft’s 343 Industries, Turn 10 and The Coalition are some internal studios that also use the toolkit.

“Simplygon’s technology and talent will strengthen our position in 3D creation, making it easier to capture, create and share in 3D. It builds on and extends our aspirations to empower a new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Paint 3D and our online creator community at Remix3D.com,” said Corporate Vice President Next Gen Experiences, Windows and Devices Group, Kudo Tsunoda, in a post on Microsoft’s blog.

“Throughout our journey, we’ve been laser focused on helping developers push the boundaries of 3D. From our early days delivering advanced level-of-detail solutions, to the adoption of Simplygon SDK by most leading AAA game development studios, and our more recent expansion into enterprise AR/VR, Simplygon has made automatic 3D data-optimization increasingly more accessible to developers. Our next challenge is 3D For Everyone, the ultimate accessibility! We’re thrilled to join forces with Microsoft to make this happen,” added Simplygon CEO Matt Connors, CTO Ulrik Lindahl and Co-Founder Koshi Hamedi on the Simplygon site.

It’s unlikely Microsoft will block third-party access to the toolset.

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