CAPCOM Licenses Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for “ASURA’S WRATH”
Cary, NC — Japan-based CAPCOM Co., Ltd. has entered into an agreement to license Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for its upcoming action game “ASURA’S WRATH,” developed by CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3. The game was announced at CAPCOM’s Tokyo Game Show press conference last week. This is the third licensing agreement between CAPCOM and Epic, representing CAPCOM’s commitment to providing its customers with an unparalleled gaming experience.
“Unreal Engine 3 was a huge factor in making ‘ASURA’S WRATH’ a visually stunning and exciting game,” said Kazuhiro Tsuchiya, producer at CAPCOM. “Unreal Engine 3’s integrated development environment helped us ramp up production speed and create a clear vision for the game at the initial development stage. From there, it was easy to share the game’s concept among a large development team, making Unreal Engine 3 an essential collaborative tool with the teams at CAPCOM and at CyberConnect2.”
Seiji Shimoda, game director of CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd., known for its “.hack” series and multiple “Naruto” games, used Unreal Engine 3 to overcome challenges in the development and creative processes.
“At CyberConnect2, we have our own development process and know-how gained from years of development. But this time we decided to reconsider our process to achieve higher quality and efficiency. We tried a lot of different options and determined that Unreal Engine 3 was a perfect solution. Our developers were able to review the game in real time, and they continue to be productive throughout the process. I know we will deliver something amazing to the gaming world, and along the way, we will provide a showcase that will help show Japanese developers how to master the powerful functionality built into Unreal.”
Taka Kawasaki, territory manager for Epic Games Japan, said that the game is a triumph for the Japanese game industry and solidifies CAPCOM’s motivation for using Unreal Engine 3.
“CAPCOM and CyberConnect2 are two companies that are employing the very best of Japan’s creative minds today,” said Kawasaki. “It’s rewarding to support their creative development through the use of our technology. I have no doubt in my mind that they will create titles like nothing we’ve seen built with Unreal to date.”
Established in 2009, Epic Games Japan is a wholly owned and operated business unit based in Yokohama, Japan. The subsidiary provides licensing services and support resources to development teams using the Unreal Engine. To learn more about Epic Games Japan, please visit http://www.epicgamesjapan.com.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics and best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features in addition to multi-core processor support, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 optimizations, massive world support and a highly mature tool pipeline. Unreal Engine 3’s consistently evolving toolset is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for PC and console games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, visualizations and real-time 3D animation. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained through the Unreal Engine website at http://www.unrealengine.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” franchise has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and won more than 30 Game of the Year awards. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the four-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games website at http://www.epicgames.com.
CAPCOM is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises “Resident Evil,” “Street Fighter,” “Mega Man” and “Devil May Cry.” CAPCOM maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Tokyo, Korea and Hong Kong, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about CAPCOM can be found on the company web site, http://www.capcom.com.
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