Despite the small market presence of its PhysX physics processors, Ageia has been drawing a fair amount of attention to itself lately. Over the past couple of weeks, the company has announced a new physics development toolkit, PhysX levels for Unreal Tournament 3, and the forthcoming release of a PhysX-powered title called Warmonger: Operation Downtown Destruction. To top it off, AMD developer relations chief Richard Huddy mentioned in an interview that AMD and other companies like Nvidia, Nintendo, and Sony were all eyeing Ageia for a possible acquisition.
As Shacknews reports, Ageia is in the news once again thanks to the release of Warmonger: Operation Downtown Destruction. Developed by NetDevil, the game is a multiplayer shooter based on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 that showcases the possibilities of PhysX hardware acceleration by featuring destructible environments and physics effects aplenty. Warmonger is available as a free, 347MB download from NetDevil's website as well as FileShack.
Naturally, much of the Warmonger's reason for being has to do with PhysX, but one of Ageia's cards isn't required to play. Folks without dedicated physics hardware can sample the game's six multiplayer levels, although they obviously shouldn't expect optimal performance—Warmonger was fairly choppy on this editor's Core 2 Duo E6400, GeForce 7900 GTO system with 2GB of RAM. Also, the title seems to require GameSpy Comrade to be installed to let users browse online game servers.