Simplygon produces 3D optimization solutions for video game developers. Microsoft bought the company on Tuesday, but didn’t announce the details of the acquisition. Simplygon would be an addition to Microsoft’s ‘3D to everyone’ initiative. Its goal is to develop 3D creation tools that are accessible to everyone. Here’s a statement from the Microsoft Corporate VP for Next Gen Experiences:
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.
– Kudo Tsunoda
Simplygon expanded recently into the AR/VR market. This complements Microsoft’s AR project Hololens and Windows Holographic VR project. Simplygon’s CEO, CTO, and co-founder will join Microsoft.
One noteable game company that used Simplygon is Konami. They used Simplygon software to speed up the development of Metal Gear Solid 5. It saved 10 man months of development time.
2K also used Simplygon to develop games. Specifically, they created titles for Mafia III and Battleborn.
Fatshark used Simplygon in Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. The details are provided in this interview:
Simplygon’s latest software version is 7.1. It was released about a year ago. Here’s a video of the software:
Simplygon’s parent company is Donya Labs AB.
Microsoft purchased another company recently. It’s an artificial intelligence start-up called Maluuba. This company specializes in deep learning and reinforcement learning.