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New football game Backbreaker uses euphoria tech

Justin McElroy

You've heard a lot about euphoria lately, especially from LucasArts, which is using the real-time animation generating software on everything from Indiana Jones to The Force Unleashed. You're even going to see it (someday) in Grand Theft Auto IV. Now, NaturalMotion, the company behind the software, has announced that they're working on a football game called Backbreaker utilizing the euphoria technology.

Predictably, the tackling looks great, and we're assured that the the footage in the video below the jump is generated on a next-gen console with euphoria, so we're pretty confident that they've got the tackling down. In fact, if creating a football game were just about how good your tackles looked, NaturalMotion would have a blue ribbon in their future. Unfortunately, there's passing and catching and stuff, so we have to withhold judgment. (On a side note, this is one football game that can't blame EA for their lack of a license. We think the NFL would have a hard time giving their blessing to a game named for the breaking of backs.) Anyway, check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

[Thanks, Christian]

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