38 Studios Licenses Unreal Engine for New MMO

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38 Studios has struck a deal with Epic Games to license the Unreal Engine 3 for use in it’s MMO. The developers will be using Unreal in conjunction with the BigWorld Technology Suite.

“38 Studios is uniquely positioned to deliver an unparalleled Online Entertainment Experience,” said CEO and president Brett Close.

“Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is best-of-breed, empowering developers with superior content creation tools, extensive middleware integration, and exceptional visual quality and rendering.

“Epic gets what it takes to make great games, and its Unreal Engine 3 toolset will allow our development team to prototype efficiently and achieve the signature visual quality and excellence we are striving for.”

38 Studios is the brain child of baseball player Curt Shilling. Also in on the project are artist Todd McFarlane and author R.A. Salvatore.

The new IP will encompass multiple media formats as well as the MMO projected for release in 2010.

What I find interesting about this is using the Unreal Engine would give the developers the option to include destructible environments in the MMO. Unfortunatley, it will be a log time before gamers have a glimpse of the new game.

via Press Release

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