Shark 3D adds Wii compatibility

Shark 3D adds Wii compatibility

By Ed Fear

August 21st 2008 at 11:51AM

Spinor's game engine ships with commercial game code

German tool provider Spinor has ported its Shark 3D engine to the Wii.

The engine's new Wii credentials are being stretched by local firm Phenomedia Publishing, which is working on a title called Moorhun Tales - the 'C++ gameplay elements' to which will be included in the engine package, which can be used in future projects. A previous iteration of the toolset was used by Funcom for Dreamfall: The Longest Journey.

The middleware fully supports live editing, meaning that developers can change all aspects of the game - from geometry to textures, scripts and shaders - and see the changes live on the Wii console. Spinor has also added the ability for meshes, textures and sounds to be compressed offline especially for the Wii version, so that games have minimal memory footprints.

"The Wii is a great platform, both for consumers and for game developers," said Folker Schamel, CEO of Spinor.

"The console and the games designed for it have made games far more accessible to audiences of all ages and interests. Shark 3D and its proven toolset for Wii enable game developers to tap into the console’s phenomenal success easier and with far less risk."