Dolby Brings In-Game Surround Sound Voice to Nexon’s Dragon Nest Online Game

Posted by at 11:31 pm on March 4, 2010

Dolby Laboratories and Nexon Corp. today announced that Nexon Corp.-™s new Dragon Nest game will be the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) in South Korea to incorporate Dolby Axon, a surround sound voice technology designed specifically for games.

Dragon Nest delivers an action-filled MMORPG experience with a high level of graphics and action sequences previously found only in console games. The game-™s unique Ultimate Combo Play feature allows players to attack foes and monsters using environmental objects, such as walls or rocks, and is integrated with sophisticated character movement, monster artificial intelligence, and precise interaction between the backgrounds and objects.

“A key aspect of MMORPGs and Dragon Nest, in particular, is the need to collaborate and communicate with your online teammates. With Dolby Axon, we-™re offering our players an intuitive and natural way to communicate with each other because the technology emulates how we talk in the real world,” said Yi-Young Kim, Manager of the Publishing Department at Nexon Corp.

“Dolby Axon was designed to ultimately enable players to use voice communication as a competitive edge,” said Robin Selden, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dolby Laboratories. “We incorporated many of the technologies that have come to be synonymous with Dolby, including surround sound and audio clarity, to set a new benchmark for online communication, and we-™re excited to have worked closely with Nexon in realizing the potential of this technology.”

Dolby Axon-™s key features include:

  • Dolby surround sound, which delivers an immersing, realistic voice experience complete with surround panning and distance attenuation.
  • An occlusion engine that dynamically responds to game geometry, enabling gamers to experience voice communication that matches the game environment.
  • Voice fonts that add an element of fun to the game, and allow gamers to take on their voice of choice with attributes of game characters in supported games. These can range from a high-pitched elf voice to the dark and sinister tones of an ogre.
  • Dolby voice pipeline, which delivers a clear voice experience free of unwanted noise, echo, clipping, and leveling problems.
  • Flexible API offering creative integration and game play options to developers, including the ability to create new voice experiences in games

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