SLX Games is launching Nord, a browser-based 3D virtual world, on Facebook. This virtual world uses the latest version of Java to display high-quality 3D graphics on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Nord is powered by the jMonkeyEngine that Bigpoint's is using in Poisonville. The virtual world is designed to help extend the social nature of Facebook into 3D, allowing friends to interact through avatars in 3D environments.
"Merging with Facebook is a natural and logical step for Nord that allows us to tap into Facebook’s social potential and to expand upon it. It is an honor for us to be the first virtual world on Facebook that allows users to hang out with their friends in full 3D," said Markus Larsson, co-founder of SLX Games, in a press statement. With Nord, platform incompatibility is a thing of the past. It is our firm belief that users are no longer OK with apps that only support a fragment of all platforms available."
Nord will support user-created virtual 3D objects, similar to Second Life or OpenSim. Users will also be able to schedule events with friends in the virtual world, like parties. Nord can display high-quality 3D graphics on any PC regardless of operating system, using Java to access the full hardware resources of the system. Nord will be a free-to-play and will update automatically whenever a user launches the app on the Facebook platform. It's not clear how Nord will monetize just yet.
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