Friday, July 23, 2010

Autodesk acquires Illuminate Labs

Autodesk has acquired a specialist lighting technology firm to extend its Beast middleware solution.

According to a report by, Autodesk has acquired Illuminate Labs to sit alongside its existing Turtle plugin for its Maya solution.

In an interview with, CEO of Illuminate Labs, Magnus Wennerholm, said "In just a few years, Beast and Turtle have become production-proven technologies for in-game lighting. Leading game developers like Sony Computer Entertainment, Nintendo America and THQ/Heavy Iron rely on these tools to help deliver higher visual quality in their games.

"My team and I are excited about the technology development opportunities that Autodesk has to offer. I believe that this acquisition will benefit both Autodesk and Illuminate Labs customers."

The lighting capabilities of consoles, such as Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS handheld, have been considered an important aesthetic standout point. It looks like Autodesk is very keen to develop its own capabilities in providing developers the necessary tools to build these aesthetics.

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