BigWorld Technology Announces Agreement with Sierra Online to Provide Technology to Develop Upcoming Online Game

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - BigWorld Technology today announced an
agreement with Sierra Online to use the BigWorld Technology Suite in the
development of an upcoming PC online game targeting a mass market audience.
The BigWorld Technology Suite provides the tools and technology to develop
cutting-edge, next-generation online games.
    "We look forward to working with Sierra Online to develop a title that
holds wide appeal for gamers," said Gavin Longhurst, vice president of
business development for BigWorld. "The demand for online games is increasing
and the Big World Suite assists developers in rapid prototyping, providing a
powerful development environment that allows the production team to focus on
building online worlds that continue to exceed the expectations of gamers."
    "Sierra Online continually evaluates its development technology and is
always looking for solutions that will help us develop world-class, innovative
titles," said Judith Hoffman, studio manager for Sierra Online. "BigWorld's
powerful online middleware Technology Suite will provide the flexibility to
develop an upcoming online game that will take the gameplay experience to the
next-level of functionality and sophistication."

    About the BigWorld Technology Suite
    Comprised of the BigWorld Server Software, Content Creation Pipeline, 3D
Client Engine Package, Live Management Tools & Instrumentation, BigWorld
Technology Suite is the only complete MMOG solution, providing all of the
complex technology required to produce an engaging next-generation MMOG or
Virtual Worlds.

    About BigWorld Pty Ltd
    BigWorld Pty Ltd was formed in 2002 to commercialise years of intense
R&D, which started in 1999 and continues to this day. BigWorld Pty Ltd is a
privately held company based in Australia that licenses its BigWorld
Technology Suite middleware platform to game studios around the world that are
looking to produce successful next-generation Massively Multiplayer Online
Games and Virtual Worlds.

    BigWorld Website

    About Sierra Online
    Sierra Online, a division of Vivendi Games, creates and publishes quality
short- and mid-session, casual online games for all viable gaming platforms.
Sierra Online's titles include Assault Heroes(TM), an award-winning game for
Xbox(R) Live Arcade (XBLA), 3D Ultra(TM) Minigolf Adventures, also available
for XBLA and PC, and FreeStyle Street Basketball(TM), an online PC game from
leading Korean developer JC Entertainment, Inc. The division is also
developing a variety of other Xbox Live Arcade and PC online games targeting
the mass-market audience.

    Sierra Online Website

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For further information: Media Contact: BigWorld, Sarah Burns -
Communications Manager, Email:, Office: +61 2 6162

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