British startup Hadean claims that it would take a lot of gamers to participate in a battle royale-style fight simultaneously.
Hadean wants to put his Aether Engine to the test on 9 March, and has partnered with Eve Online maker CCP Games to host a massive space fight involving 10,000 players.
CCP Games currently holds the record for the biggest number of players in a single battle, at 6,142 players through EVE Online.
Underlying Aether Engine is Hadean's core product, a cloud operating system called HadeanOS. Aether Engine is not a game engine to rival Unity or Unreal, but plugs into these third-party engines and handles the simulation side of games. Game engines handle the graphics side, among other functions.
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Some of this might sound familiar given rival UK startup Improbable offers SpatialOS, another platform for running huge simulated worlds. Improbable is backed by SoftBank, has partnered with Chinese gaming giant NetEase, and has at least one deal with the US military. Unity complained that SpatialOS violated its terms of service.
Hadean raises $ 9.1
While Aether Engine could make sense for game studios looking to create seamless, massively multiplayer games online, Hadean believes its software may have much bigger applications than gaming. It's worth noting that the startup is at an early stage and, according to LinkedIn, currently has less than 30 employees.
Hadean says its software is good not just for simulation, but for building applications that might require processing huge amounts of data. It says Aether Engine is used for handling simulation, and that it is compatible with Unity and any other gaming engine, which render the graphics.
The startup has just raised £ 7 million ($ 9.1 million) in a fresh round of funding by Draper Esprit, with Aster, London Venture Partners, Luminous Ventures, and Entrepreneur First all participating.
And it is already working with biomedical research center the Francis Crick Institute to simulate cancer cells undergoing metastasis. The idea is to understand how cancer cells migrate to different parts of the body.
"Technology companies today are hampered by their ability to scale their platforms to meet demand and exploit data," said Hadean CEO Craig Beddis in a statement. Devout on the Board, with its proven track record in deep tech investing leading the way round. "