12.17.2014

Hazelight Studios Builds New Game With UE4

By Dana Cowley

Hazelight Studios, who recently announced the formation of their studio and publishing partnership with EA, today revealed that their upcoming game is being built using Unreal Engine 4. Hazelight is made up of the core team behind the innovative and critically acclaimed Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, developed with Unreal Engine 3, and the team recently created a buzz when it revealed a teaser for their brand new game at The Game Awards on December 5.

Built in Unreal Engine 4 entirely from scratch, by a team of only three people in less than three weeks, the teaser was shot from inside the engine with no added CG or post-editing. The team had little to no prior hands-on experience with UE4, which serves as a true testament to the power and accessibility of the engine itself.

“Unreal Engine 4 is such a natural fit for us at Hazelight; we are a small team with very high ambitions. With the help of such a powerful yet easy to use game engine, we know that our vision will be fully realized on this new generation of gaming hardware,” said Josef Fares, Game Director and CEO of Hazelight. “The things we’ve been able to accomplish with UE4 less than two months into production are simply amazing!”

Unreal Engine 4 is rapidly becoming the go-to engine for teams of any size looking to make beautiful games that stand out from the crowd. With UE4’s comprehensive toolset, developers can create experiences spanning all genres, aesthetic styles and platforms.

“We’re thrilled that the Hazelight team has chosen to use Unreal Engine 4 for their next project,” said Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager, Epic Games. “As massive fans of Brothers we were humbled to hear that they wanted to use Unreal, and we can’t wait to see the emotional, story-driven experience that comes from it.”

About Unreal Engine

Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for world-class graphics, tools and scalability across PC, console, mobile, Web and VR. Unreal Engine technology is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, simulations, visualizations, digital films and more. Visit unrealengine.com to access Unreal Engine 4, and follow @UnrealEngine for updates.

About Hazelight

Josef Fares, writer and director of the critically acclaimed video game Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons, founded Hazelight together with its creative team. As a studio built upon extensive experience from game development and film production, Hazelight focuses on story-driven experiences and innovation to deliver titles that are highly original, yet elegant and mature. For more information, visit hazelight.se and follow @HazelightGames.

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