Quazal, makers of the Net-Z, Rendez-Vous and Spark! online multiplayer middleware have announced significant version updates to each of their three products, including full Xbox 360/Xbox Live support.
In-game multiplayer middleware Net-Z has now added true client-server topology to go alongside its peer-to-peer technology, introducing a generalized routing system that also enhances peer-to-peer connectivity.
Lobby and matchmaking solution Rendez-Vous has been enhanced with full support for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 via LSP, allowing developers and publishers to add more advanced features to 360 titles, including clans, tournaments, complex matchmaking and other innovative features.
The company's 'lobby-in-a-box' solution, Spark!, built atop Rendez-Vous improves its feature set with leaderboard and ranking systems allowing developers to have multiple leaderboards with multiple ranking types within their game. Spark! is also now officially released for the Xbox 360 platform, running solely on Xbox Live, but sharing an integration profile with all other Spark! platforms, allowing for rapid cross-platform lobby development.
Spark! for the PlayStation 3 has been enhanced for increased support for the PlayStation Network.
“We’ve been leading up to this release for quite a while now,” said Mike Drummelsmith, Developer Relations Manager at Quazal. “Our February release laid the groundwork for a number of enhancements and new features, and it’s great to see that preliminary work come to fruition with this new release.”