10/31/2003 - Fonix(R) Corp. (FNIX), a global provider of easy-to-use speech solutions for devices, systems, applications and developer tools, announces the availability of the first two Microsoft Xbox games using Fonix voice-command technology.
In stores now are Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six(TM) 3, published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubioft Montreal, and SWAT(R): Global Strike Team, published by Sierra Entertainment, a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, and developed by Argonaut. Both games feature cutting-edge voice-command features based upon Fonix technology available in Microsoft's Xbox developer's kit (XDK).
Microsoft Xbox licensed Fonix speech technology to deliver voice-command software that makes it very easy for game developers to add speech-enabled capabilities to their games. Fonix speech technology gives players new access to games features, command and control functions, and menu navigation, making the entire experience more engaging and fun. Both SWAT: Global Strike Team and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 allow players to voice-order commands within the game.
"Utilizing the powerful Microsoft Xbox platform, these two new games demonstrate the power of the Fonix voice-command interface to enhance the entertainment experience," said Tim K. Hong, vice president of Fonix Mobile Wireless. "With Fonix voice technology making games more fun to play, we expect this added feature to expand market demand for games that incorporate this compelling new interface. As demonstrated at the Japan Xbox Xfest, Fonix speech recognition is available to developers in the Microsoft XDK in multiple languages, including English and U.K. English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese."
Xbox (www.xbox.com) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in more than 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year, up 23 percent over the previous year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.
About Sierra EntertainmentTM Sierra Entertainment Inc., a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, is one of the earliest developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment software. Based in Bellevue, Wash., Sierra has released critically acclaimed and award-winning titles that represent a wide variety of computer entertainment on game consoles and PC platforms.
About Vivendi Universal Games
Headquartered in New York, Vivendi Universal Games is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. A leading publisher of PC, console and online-based interactive content, Vivendi Universal Games has a portfolio of development studios including Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Knowledge Adventure, NDA Productions, Sierra Entertainment and Universal Interactive. Through its Partner Publishing Group, Vivendi Universal Games also co-publishes and/or distributes interactive products for a number of strategic partners, including Bits Software, Crave Entertainment, Fox Interactive, Interplay, Majesco, Mythic Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, among others.
Argonaut Games PLC has an 18-year history of producing ground-breaking games and is one of the largest independent games developers in the world with nearly 300 employees based in five U.K. locations: Edgware, Kentish Town, Cambridge, Bicester and Sheffield. Argonaut prides itself on its creativity in games design and technology.
Fonix Corp. provides speech interface solutions for mobile/wireless devices, computer telephony systems, the assistive market, automobiles and everyday consumer devices. Manufacturers and developers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers with an easy, convenient, reliable user experience. Visit www.fonix.com for an introduction to Fonix's complete suite of speech solutions, or contact a Fonix representative at 801-553-6600 and say "Sales."
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