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Images from the upcoming 3DMark Vantage benchmark

DirectX 10 and Windows Vista required for 3DMark Vantage

Could Futuremark Games be working on a space game?
Game developers leads to benchmark maker leads to another game developer

In recent years, Futuremark’s 3DMark benchmark has been a utility not only to measure the performance of PC hardware, but it’s also been a tool to help show off the latest in graphics technology.

Many times after viewing 3DMark’s manufactured game demo benchmarks, which simulate different game genres such as first-person shooters and racers, I often wondered what would happen if the talent behind the 3DMark demo would apply its technology to a full PC game.

Late last month, Futuremark announced that it intends to pursue game development with the formation of Futuremark Game Studios. The new company is already working on a PC title that features the latest technologies while also promising that its game will run on modest systems.

Interestingly enough, Futuremark itself was born out of game developer talent. Remedy, best (and and perhaps only) known for its outstanding Max Payne series, branched its Final Reality program to the benchmark tool Futuremark. It’s unclear if Remedy, now working on Alan Wake, still has any interest in Futuremark, and by extension, the new game studio.

One thing’s for sure, if the upcoming game from Futuremark Game Studios uses any similar technology to the one powering the next benchmark (see new 3DMark screens right), then it’ll look stunning on the right PC.



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I hope
By Lastfreethinker on 2/4/2008 11:42:02 AM , Rating: 5
I hope someone is making a new space sim, freelancer was nice but disappointing and some of the new ones have been very well done, but they left things so open, I want a nice WWII in space feel again.




RE: I hope
By AnnihilatorX on 2/4/2008 6:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Most space sims have areas that are lacking somewhat.

I'd be a be reserved for now. There will certainly be a guarantee on graphics. but I am not too sure about gameplay which is equally if not more important. We'll see.


Are you sure?
By boogle on 2/4/2008 10:00:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure Futuremark started out more or less on their own - think 3D Mark 99. Then they changed their name to Madonion, and used assets from Remedy (their offices were more or less next door) in 3D Mark 2000. Later on Madonion changed their name back to Futuremark.




RE: Are you sure?
By wien on 2/4/2008 12:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
As mentioned in the summary, Remedy started the whole thing through Final Reality (http://www.remedygames.com/fr/ - aah, the memories of my Matrox Mystique 220 rendering it all wrong. :)). The benchmark people branched off in '97 (Mad Onion) to develop what eventually turned into the 3DMark we know today.


I will never be able to keep up
By cyyc009 on 2/12/2008 4:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
Great, not only is there another benchmarking program my PC will get a lot score in, but now it looks like there's a new Futuremark game that my PC will get a low FPS in as well! Still though, the news does look good, and I will be looking forward to how the game turns out.




Get it out of our systems
By Squilliam on 2/4/08, Rating: 0
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser














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