Criterion Software and Hybrid Technology just announced that they have finalized a strategic alliance where Hybrid will integrate its future 3D graphics technology with Criterion's Render Ware. The agreeement puts Criterion as the exclusive distributor of products based on Hybrid's 3D technology. Hybrid says that this distribution deal will enable Hybrid to continue its advanced research and consultation while also concentrating on delivering solutions for the PC, game console and upcoming mobile platforms.
Hybrid develops software solutions for real-time graphics. The company has a staff of more than 25 people, dedicated to solving the current problems in 3D visualization. Hybrid's customers include computer game developers of industry leading publishers such as Electronic Arts and Infogrames. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in Helsinki, Finland. Hybrid's flagship product for the past years has been SurRender 3D, a programmer's C++ toolkit for real-time rendering.
The forthcoming product offerings from Hybrid and Criterion will be announced and demonstrated on Criterion's booth at Game Developer Conference (San Jose) in March 2001.