Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 has been a popular engine lately. With its success evident in what we've seen so far for the upcoming Gears of War 3, and the recently released Bulletstorm, outside houses are looking to license the engine out.Epic recently announced that Unreal Engine 3 will support the NGP and titles such as Infinity Blade and the Mass Effect trilogy use the engine as well. Now, Gameloft is joining the party.
Gameloft has announced a two-year licensing agreement with Epic Games to use Unreal Engine 3 to develop four titles. The titles have yet to be revealed, but the plan is to release two this year and two in 2012. It was revealed, however, that the titles will be developed for multiple platforms: iOS, Android, and the PlayStation Network.
Julien Fournials, vice president of production for Gameloft, explains their choice in Unreal Engine 3 and echoes their excitement:
Gameloft is very pleased to partner with Epic, especially with their ability to stay ahead of the curve and continually place the best game engine technology in developers' hands at any given point in time. Using Unreal Engine 3 allows us to push game visuals with remarkable lighting and high-fidelity environments. We are confident that players will enjoy the games powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Additionally, vice president of Epic Games, Mark Rein, fully supports the Gameloft licensed partnership and assures they will benefit from the use of their engine:
There is no doubt that the four games running on Unreal Engine 3 will be visually stunning and take advantage of the powerful mobile gaming devices. We are thrilled to provide our technology to Gameloft and look forward to a lasting collaboration.
It has not been clarified if the titles will be brand new IPs or if Gameloft will use the engine to build sequels to some of their lineup. If they are building a sequel, Dungeon Hunter 3 would be a great candidate to be built using Unreal Engine 3. A classic dungeon crawler with enhanced textures and stronger visuals could make for a strong successor. It would be nice, however, to see some new ideas come out of the collaboration as well.
What Gameloft titles would you like to see built on Unreal Engine 3? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Industry Gamers