Autodesk buys 3D game engine developer

|By:, SA News Editor

Autodesk (ADSK -0.7%) has bought Bitsquid, the Swedish creator of a 3D game engine used by multiple console/PC game developers. Terms are undisclosed.

Autodesk says it'll use Bitsquid's engine to "supercharge its portfolio of tools for game makers through the development of a new 3D game engine," as well as to "create new tools that push the limits of real-time 3D visualization for architects and designers."

The company goes as far as to say the deal will "revolutionize real-time exploration of complex data" for CAD projects. "Imagine being able to walk through and explore any type of design, from buildings to cars, with the same freedom you experience in the open world of a next-generation console game."

The purchase comes as the gaming industry's E3 conference gets underway. Autodesk already sells its Maya animation software and 3ds Max modeling/rendering software to game developers.

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