Futuremark’s next goal: PC Game Development

They’re the leading figure in PC benchmark programs, technology showcases and cutting edge demos. You’d be forgiven if you thought there was nothing else that Futuremark Corporation could do but amazingly there is, and today they’ve proudly announced just what that is. Say hello to the new Futuremark Games Studio!

Yes, you read that correctly – the developers of

3DMark, PCMark, mobile technology and numerous demos have taken a big step forward and entered the world of PC game making. Scary stuff in this day and age, but it’s not as if they’re complete newbies at the whole thing; after all, 3DMark has always been developed with the knowledge of where game technology is heading for, and they’ve been able to code for all kinds of different hardware configurations. Here’s the official word:

With its first game already in development, Futuremark Games Studio was created to produce original world class games

Espoo, Finland – January 29th, 2008 – Futuremark (www.futuremark.com) is proud to announce the formation of a group named the Futuremark Games Studio. For the past 10 years, Futuremark has been pushing the boundaries of PC 3D graphics performance with its 3DMark® series, which has become by far the world’s most popular benchmarking software. 3DMark series combine stunning 3D art with world class engines from Direct3D 6 up to Direct3D 10. “Futuremark Games Studio is committed to developing original IP games with the highest quality gameplay combined with our established track record of creating blow-your-socks-off visuals,” said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Futuremark Corporation. “For years, our fans have been asking us when will we start making games. Very soon they are going to get it – and then some!”

Over the past 10 years Futuremark’s team of brilliant artists and engineers have created remarkably beautiful demos and benchmarks for a variety of clients to show off the abilities of their platforms. Although the new studio will demonstrate its ability to seamlessly integrate the latest technologies into its engines, its mission is to build world class games that bring new and entertaining game play to gamers. This includes games and their engines that deliver stellar performance even on modest platforms right up to the most enthusiastic levels of performance hardware.

For more information about Futuremark Games Studios, please contact Tero Sarkkinen in Finland or Oliver Baltuch in California. Futuremark Games Studio personnel will also be attending GDC 2008 in San Francisco where they can be found at the Nordic Games Studios Pavillion.

Okay, so that’s all they’ve said and yes, I know we’re a Futuremark publication, but I can assure you – this is as much as we know too! We can have some fun in trying to guess what the first title is going to be though; over the years every 3DMark, bar one (3DMark2000) has offered a graphics test representing a first-person shooter game, and given the popularity of the genre, it’s a good bet that this is what FM’s first game might turn out to be.

Then again, they’ve also done a couple of adventure-style and racing tests too… anyway, the official site for the Futuremark Games Studio is here. Not much to look at yet!


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