Dhruva to develop games for Microsoft, Nokia

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Friday, 28 November 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE : Bangalore-based Dhruva Interactive, a gaming solutionsÂ’ vendor, has entered into an exclusive global tie-up with Microsoft Games Studios to work on its latest releases. Dhruva has also forayed into the mobile gaming space with a tie-up with the worldÂ’s largest handset maker Nokia.

Microsoft Game Studios employs developers from several studios it acquired to boost its roster of popular games for the Xbox gaming console. The firm has made several acquisitions recently, including Bungie, which created the immensely popular Halo game. MS has also bought Rare, a British Studio, for $375 million last year.

Dhruva is expected to work on a game that is due for release some time in August 2004. The company was selected ahead of ten other companies from around the world for this contract. Dhruva works with several other large studios including Atari (formerly Infogames) and Codemasters.

In the last three years, Dhruva has contributed to the development of several best-selling games. They include Mission : Impossible, Mission: Impossible 2, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Geoff GrammondÂ’s Grand Prix 4, and TOCA Pro Race Driver.

Meanwhile, referring to the mobile gaming community, Rajesh Rao, CEO, Dhruva Interactive, said there would be around one billion Java-enabled phones by 2007. Mr Rao said Nokia had given Dhruva access to its technology road map, letting it view the latest handset specifications, to design games accordingly.

(Source: Economic Times)

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