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Production Time for “METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN” Reduced by 10 Man Months using Simplygon®

Linköping, Sweden and Tokyo, Japan - November 26th, 2015 - Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation, and Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, today announced that Simplygon has been used in the creation of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, available for Playstation, XBox and PC. Over the course of production, Simplygon was used to process assets for all 42 levels including test data while delivering Level of Detail (LoD) models that optimized the polygon counts to help deliver a stunning visual experience.

Developing what critics have called “greatest stealth game ever“ meant adapting LOD assets to handle a map of massive scope and scale. “We used Simplygon to merge 100-400 assets into a single asset and we used those features to create assets displayed at mid-range from the player” said Konami. “Because we built the automated mid-range asset generation workflow using Simplygon, when we changed the assets layout, we were able to re-create mid-range assets with very low cost.” 

“Simplygon saved the labor equivalent of 10 man months” said the development team of Konami. “The benefits are clear as we used the tool to reduce polygons as much as tenfold in models ranging from 5,000 to 100,000 polygons. The best result is that players can’t see the reduction because the models keep their fidelity at all distances which keeps the players immersed.”

“Konami are legends in the games industry and over the past three decades have been at the forefront of high quality games that truly excite players through their gameplay and visuals,” said Martin Ekdal, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Simplygon. “With Simplygon we’re enabling creators to focus more on the creative parts of development while we automate multiple production processes and improve the performance.”

Simplygon is popular amongst developers of mobile games; AAA PC and console games; and large MMOs, and is applicable to any medium where 3D art assets are created or utilized. By automatically generating lower-polygon models that are required for different levels of detail (LOD), an optimization process for making games and visual scenes run smoother, at higher frame-rates, and requiring less data, Simplygon helps digital content creators save important resources where artists would otherwise need to manually re-create large amounts of content.


KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com . KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com .

About Simplygon

Simplygon is the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization technology for the games industry. In recent years, demand for immersive and game like experiences has spread to new markets.  From its roots in AAA game production, the software is increasingly used by companies wishing to unlock and optimize their 3D data for product design, visualization and marketing.  Simplygon’s vision is to extend its platform to allow all enterprises to easily and affordably prepare and optimize 3D assets for all use-cases and size requirements.

Founded in 2006, Simplygon is a privately held company based in Sweden.  For more information visit: www.simplygon.com

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Simplygon’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. The Simplygon name and logo are registered trademarks of Donya Labs AB. All other company or government agency names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2015 Donya Labs. All Rights Reserved.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN™ ©2015 Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. Konami Digital Entertainment. Inc. Developed by Konami Digital Entertainment, Co., Ltd.

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