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NVIDIA And NCsoft Forge Technical And Marketing Alliance

 
 

NVIDIA GeForce FX Named the GPU of Choice For NCsoft’s Lineage II

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Hazel Heng
NVIDIA Asia Pacific
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hheng@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SEOUL, KOREA—MARCH 14, 2003— NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, and NCsoft Corporation (Kosdaq: 36570), the world’s largest online game company, today announced that the two companies have formed a strategic technical and marketing alliance.  Together, NVIDIA and NCsoft will work together to optimize Lineage™ II for play on NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver blazing fast performance and a true next-generation online experience to millions of gamers worldwide.

“NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs are the current undisputed performance leader in GPUs and will give us the power and feature set we need to take Lineage II to new heights of unsurpassed realism,” said Jang-yeol Yoon, manager of Lineage II business team at NCsoft.  “The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 and 5200 GPUs allow many Lineage II enthusiasts to be properly equipped with the best platform for experiencing Lineage II exactly as NCsoft intended.”

Lineage II, the soon to be launched Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), is the prequel to Lineage, the most popular online game in the world with more than 3.2 million active users and 300,000 concurrent users.  Lineage II provides an action-packed 3D world with a diverse range of systems and vastly enhanced visual effects enabled by the NVIDIA GeForce FX family of GPUs.

Designed to deliver cinematic-quality graphics and effects in real-time, the GeForce FX family of GPUs provides higher levels of programmability and performance, allowing game developers to create stunning 3D worlds and realistic characters like never before.  For consumers, PCs outfitted with GeForce FX GPUs evolve into the ultimate gaming machines, with the perfect blend of processing power and feature set for experiencing games the way they are meant to be played.

“We hold NCsoft in the highest regard for their creativeness and pioneer sprit as an online game industry leader.  We are thrilled to be part of this by making an alliance with NCsoft today, since we are confident that Lineage II will open a new horizon in the next generation of gaming” said Keita Iida, developer relations manager at NVIDIA Asia Pacific.  “Lineage II is the latest in a long line of stunning, next-generation games that are primed for GeForce FX.”

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms.  Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles.  NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com <http://www.nvidia.com>.

About NCsoft
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft Corp. (President & CEO Tack Jin Kim, KOSDAQ:36570) is the world’s leading developer and publisher of online games. Established in 1997, NCsoft quickly turned its flagship product, Lineage™ (http://www.lineage.com), into a blockbuster hit. The game currently commands a 42% market share and attracts more than 300,000 concurrent users and 3,200,000 active users around the world. NCsoft has joint venture offices located in Japan, Hong Kong, China and operates its North American business out of Austin, Texas. NCsoft is a public company and its stock is traded on the KOSDAQ Korean stock exchange. In fiscal year 2002, NCsoft posted revenues of KRW154.8 billion or approximately US$123.3 million. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.ncsoft.net.

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