Epic On Latest Unreal Engine: "We're Adding Great New Features"
The most recent iteration of the Unreal Engine has been found in everything from downloadable titles to family-oriented games to big ol' blockbuster productions. And it seems the new version is gonna be just as popular.
Epic Games creates these engines and head man Mark Rein spoke to VG247 about what could technically be called "Unreal Engine 3.8." By this time, Rein says the engine is "very mature," as the team continues to make it more capable year after year. Initially, the Unreal Engine 3 was said to have problems adapting to the complex PlayStation 3 hardware, but that was back in 2007, when just about every developer had some sort of issue with the PS3. As for this new engine, Rein had this to say:
"It’s a very mature engine and we’re adding great new features every year. I just saw some incredible new stuff that we’re either later this year or next year for new engine features and I think they’re really going to blow people away."
There's an incomplete sentence in there - maybe VG247 will update it - but we get the gist. A few days ago, we learned that internal Sony teams might be using the Killzone 2 engine to drive a few new projects forward, although those games currently under wraps. Also, the engine will likely remain exclusive to Sony (internal as it is), while you can bet that third-party developers everywhere will once again be clamoring to license the new Unreal engine. It's always plenty popular.
7/22/2009 Ben Dutka