Microsoft and Discreet Sign Second Multi-Title Agreement to Build gmax game packs: Dungeon Siege Next in Line

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21, 2001 — Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK – news), announced today that it has signed a second licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) to create, publish and distribute Discreet gmax(TM) game packs for multiple Microsoft®
game titles. The highly anticipated epic role-playing game (RPG) Dungeon Siege(TM), developed by Gas Powered Games, is the next confirmed title to be published by Microsoft to include support for gmax software, and is scheduled for delivery in 2002.

“This is the support that mod makers have been waiting for! Discreet gmax gives people the ability to create cool new characters, outrageous weapons and fantastic new landscapes to be used with Dungeon Siege, our new action RPG,”
said Chris Taylor, president of Gas Powered Games.
“By combining the power of gmax with our Siege Editor, hard-core gamers and the Dungeon Siege mod community will have all the tools they need to create an unlimited number of adventures.”

“Discreet gmax enables game developers to leverage tool sets from Discreet 3ds max(TM) to give game players an unprecedented means to create game modifications (mods). Game companies win with gmax because their production tools become valuable components of the game experience. Game players win because they get a suite of free 3D tools to create, edit and share their own characters, scenery and levels,”
said Paul Perreault, gmax product manager.
“This agreement with Microsoft underlines Discreet’s commitment to allow gamers to personalize their game experiences.”

Dungeon Siege is expected to ship in 2002, with Discreet’s integrated gmax game pack and the downloadable gmax application. With gmax software and the Dungeon Siege game pack loaded, users will be able to create and modify their game content for unique and extended experiences.

Product Licensing and Availability

Complete information about gmax and 3ds max software can be found on the Discreet website at or call 800/869-3504 or 514/393-1616.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT – news) is the worldwide leader in software, services, and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

About Discreet

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is a worldwide leader in digital content creation, management and distribution tools. Discreet develops systems and software for visual effects, 3D animation, non-linear editing, infrastructure and integrated Universal Mastering workflow solutions, as well as real-time 3D broadcast graphics creation and delivery systems. Discreet serves a broad range of markets involved in content creation, delivery and use, including: film, television and HDTV, Internet broadcast, corporate/government/educational multimedia, post-production, games and animation and rich media for the web.

The information contained in this document relates to a prerelease software product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software product when first commercially released. This document is provided for informational purposes only, and neither Autodesk nor Microsoft make any warranties, express or implied, with respect to this document or the information contained in it.

Discreet is a division of Autodesk, Inc. Discreet, 3ds max, and gmax are trademarks of Autodesk, Inc./Discreet Logic Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.(c)Copyright 2001 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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