Vivox to provide voice services for 38 Studios' upcoming MMO

Announced today at the Austin Game Developers Conference, Vivox has struck a deal with 38 Studios to provide all of their voice services for the studio's upcoming MMO. You may remember 38 Studios as the powerhouse that employs such rockstar names as Curt Schilling, R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane. Their current MMO project, codenamed Copernicus, will use the same in-game voice technology of EVE Online, Second Life and upcoming titles from SOE, Icarus Studios and NCsoft.

Check out the complete press release after the jump for more information on how Vivox plans to work with 38 Studios, and what 38 Studios says about the collaboration.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VIVOX® TO PROVIDE VOICE TECHNOLOGY
FOR 38 STUDIOS' UPCOMING ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE

FRAMINGHAM, MA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - Vivox Inc. (www.vivox.com), the market leader in voice services for online games and virtual worlds, today announced the company has entered into an agreement with 38 Studios (www.38studios.com) to provide voice technology for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game.

"38 Studios has quickly established itself as a creative heavyweight in the development community and we believe the innovative use of voice further extends that creativity throughout the entertainment experience," said Rob Seaver, CEO, Vivox. "By choosing Vivox and designing with voice chat in mind, 38 Studios will be equipped with a powerful tool for providing the players with the best possible experience and strengthening community and social relationships."

Vivox voice services are used to build and strengthen community, thereby enhancing online gaming experiences. In this deal, Vivox will provide 38 Studios with the most advanced real-time communication service, including support for massive live events, in- and out-of-game chat, game-to-mobile calling and SMS. These custom-tailored features will be packaged into a 38 Studios branded version of the Vivox voice client and tightly integrated into the game environment.

"As we continue to develop our signature Online Entertainment Experience, 38 Studios aims to transform MMO gameplay beyond what is currently available," said Brett Close, CEO and President, 38 Studios. "Vivox has the most reliable and proven voice technology services on the market, hands down. By implementing voice early in the process, we can strengthen the player experience and offer unified, immersive communications from the onset."

Led by the artistic vision of Todd McFarlane and the enthralling storytelling of R. A. Salvatore, 38 Studios is developing an original IP – a world made up of fantastical elements, settings, characters, creatures, rules, and experiences. The IP will encompass multiple media forms including the online game experience that is currently scheduled for release in late 2010.

About 38 Studios
38 Studios, a media and entertainment company founded in 2006 by Curt Schilling, is in pre-production on an original fantasy IP driven by the creative and artistic visions of pop-culture icons R. A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane. Entertainment products will include a massively immersive Online Entertainment Experience™ that transcends the traditional MMOG genre, novels, comics, toys, movies, TV, and more. For more information, visit http://www.38studios.com.

About Vivox, Inc.
Based in Framingham, MA and founded in 2005, Vivox is the leading provider of community-building voice services for online games and virtual worlds. Supporting millions of users in more than 180 countries, the Vivox Network is the world's largest voice network for gamers. Vivox customers include online game and virtual world developers and publishers such as CCP Games, Icarus Studios, Linden Lab, NCsoft, Sony Online Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast. For more information on Vivox and the power of voice, visit www.vivox.com

This article was originally published on Massively.