LucasArts Signs with Epic Games for Unreal Engine 3
Some pretty good and significant news today as LucasArts and Epic Games shake hands on a lengthy multi-year agreement to use their, “Unreal Engine 3″ as an arsenal for, “multiple projects”. We still have no idea on which games will be developed using this engine, but obviously our Battlefront 3 should be at the top of their list.
I’ve also noticed that Republic Commando 2 has been popping up rumors over the last few months which could be a big contender for this engine as Republic Commando has used the Unreal Engine.
A little bit of information on the Unreal Engine 3:
Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) is a computer game engine developed by Epic Games. It is the third generation of Unreal Engine, designed for DirectX 9/10/11 PCs, the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3, and OpenGL-based OS (Mac OS X, iOS). Its renderer supports many advanced techniques including HDRR, per-pixel lighting, and dynamic shadows, and builds upon the tools available in previous versions of the engine.
Epic has used this version of the engine for their in-house games Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War, and an improved version for Gears of War 2. Due to aggressive licensing, this current iteration has garnered a great deal of support from several big licensees, including Atari, Activision, Capcom, Disney, Konami, Koei, 2K Games, Midway Games, THQ, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Electronic Arts, Square Enix, 3D Realms, and more.
A big thanks to Todd and MajorMoses for the heads up!
From Epic Games:
LucasArts Signs Multi-Year, Studio-Wide Unreal Engine 3 Licensing Agreement
Leading developer and publisher to leverage award-winning game engine technology across platforms
San Francisco, CA and Cary, NC, April 26, 2011 — LucasArts and Epic Games, Inc. announce a long-term, studio-wide agreement for LucasArts to develop multiple projects using Epic Games’ award-winning Unreal Engine 3 for the engine’s supported platforms.
“Unreal Engine 3 is a forward-looking solution that shortens the path between inspiration and execution on a wide variety of gaming platforms,” said Zak Phelps, director of technology at LucasArts. “We are thrilled to add another exceptional tool to our technology mix.”
“LucasArts is now primed to capitalize on Unreal Engine 3’s ability to scale across platforms, from mobile, through PC and console all the way up to the next generation of games,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “We can’t wait to see what happens when LucasArts combines their talented workforce and amazing intellectual properties with Unreal Engine 3.”
I would love to hear everyones thoughts on this one! What do you think? Battlefront 3?