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Futuremark to dabble with games development

Futuremark to dabble with games development

Futuremark has announced the formation of the Futuremark Games Studio - it's going to start releasing games "Very soon".

Futuremark, the development studio behind the popular 3DMark and PCMark benchmark suites, has announced that it is to start developing games following the formation of the Futuremark Games Studio group.

The company has been developing benchmark programmes for ten years now and the company says that its 3DMark suite has become the world’s most popular benchmarking software.

Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Futuremark Corporation, said that “Futuremark Games Studio is committed to developing original IP games with the highest quality game play combined with our established track record of creating blow-your-socks-off visuals.

During this period, many fans of the suite have wondered how long it would be before Futuremark would start making games. “Very soon they are going to get it – and then some!” added Sarkkinen.

Futuremark says that the new studio’s mission is to build world class games “that bring new and entertaining game play to gamers.” It also claimed that the games and their engines will deliver stellar performance—regardless of whether you’ve got a bleeding edge system, or something that’s a little more modest by today’s standards.

I’m not sure what to think of this announcement at the moment. In one respect, it’s good to see the guys at Futuremark putting their resources to use in making real games that we can play, but from another perspective, one has a certain level of scepticism – is this a cash in on the name it has created for itself in the benchmarking world? Share your thoughts with us on this in the forums.

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Gunsmith 30th January 2008, 09:35 Quote
im sorry but the magic of the mark series died when they stopped calling themselves mad onion and became corperate whores.
outlawaol 30th January 2008, 10:12 Quote
"Futuremark, making your brand spanking new computer look like a POS since 1998"

Hey, they should band together with crytek! ;)
Cthippo 30th January 2008, 10:18 Quote
I think that they are going to discover that making good games is a lot harder than making cool short videos that trash people's systems. At best, they'll create another Doom3, looks great, plays like crap.
HourBeforeDawn 30th January 2008, 11:05 Quote
I dont know, I am hoping that they make that Wings of Fury benchmark into a game, that one looked like it would be great to play.
Gunsmith 30th January 2008, 11:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
Doom3, looks great, plays like crap.

Doom3 was a classic, it was like 1993 all over again but with pretty graphics and the ability to look up :D
DXR_13KE 30th January 2008, 12:33 Quote
maybe they will get it right....
Cupboard 30th January 2008, 12:38 Quote
Not the first time they will have made a game, Ice Storm Fighters was pretty fun (for about 5 minutes)
DqmVG47zgvU

I can't actually find a download link to it anywhere though

edit: woo! got it :D thanks badders, I was trying to use the link or the embed link (2 attempts)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqmVG47zgvU
badders 30th January 2008, 12:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cupboard
Not the first time they will have made a game, Ice Storm Fighters was pretty fun (for about 5 minutes)
...snip...
I can't actually find a download link to it anywhere though

edit: ok, I can't work out the youtube box but here is the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqmVG47zgvU

um:
DqmVG47zgvU ?

Just put the ID between the tags.
Redbeaver 30th January 2008, 15:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by outlawaol
"Futuremark, making your brand spanking new computer look like a POS since 1998"

Hey, they should band together with crytek! ;)

QFT


good call. luv to see it still tho.
Jamie 31st January 2008, 08:58 Quote
I remember there was a demo in an old futuremark that you could play. It was in a truck with a missile launcher on the back.
leexgx 1st February 2008, 00:18 Quote
all so 3dmark 36 is no longer an compleate 3D mark now its an 3d/PC mark as the CPU can make the total score go up (why i allways ask for the SM2 and SM3 scores as total score is now meaningless now due to Quad cores )

hopefully thay not make the next 3dmark an 3d/PCmark (08/09?) and Not vista only
Bungle 1st February 2008, 00:30 Quote
"Futuremark says that the new studio’s mission is to build world class games “that bring new and entertaining game play to gamers.” It also claimed that the games and their engines will deliver stellar performance—regardless of whether you’ve got a bleeding edge system, or something that’s a little more modest by today’s standards." Ah they seek to quest for the elusive Holy grail of game design.
/starts knocking me coconuts together.:D
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