Scaleform GFx Bundled with Unreal Engine
CARY, NC and GREENBELT, MD – Epic Games, Inc., developers of the industry-leading Unreal Engine, and Scaleform® Corporation (Scaleform), the leading provider of Flash®-based middleware and user interface (UI) solutions for the video game and consumer electronic industries, today announced that Scaleform GFx will be bundled free of any additional charges with all current and future versions of Unreal Engine 3. In addition, Epic Games will use Scaleform’s technology to speed the design of innovative UIs for its own highly anticipated titles, including Gears of War 3.
Scaleform GFx has long been integrated with the award-winning Unreal Engine, although both middleware technologies were previously sold separately. The new partnership between Epic Games and Scaleform will ensure that all versions of Unreal Engine 3 will include Scaleform GFx and its many groundbreaking features without any additional work or licensing fees. The partnership will also ensure that fans of Epic Games’ titles will experience the latest in immersive UI design, including Scaleform’s new 3Di rendering and stereoscopic 3D interfaces, high performance heads-up displays (HUDs) and richly animated menus.
“At Epic, we pride ourselves on delivering best-of-breed graphics, performance, and an unrivaled toolset with our Unreal Engine,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games and chief architect of the Unreal Engine. “Scaleform GFx is the clear leader in user interface design for casual and triple-A games alike with its unmatched versatility, performance enhancing features and new 3Di technology, making it a ‘must-have’ for our upcoming titles, and a tremendous added value for all Unreal licensees. We’ve also been long time admirers of the Scaleform team and the superior technology that they’ve been providing to game developers for many years, and even more impressed with their upcoming roadmap of feature improvements. We’re thrilled to have GFx bundled with the Unreal Engine for many years to come.”
“We’re extremely excited that Epic Games has chosen to bundle our technology in their industry-leading game engine and use GFx to enhance their award-winning game franchises,” said Brendan Iribe, co-founder, president and CEO of Scaleform. “Epic is an innovator in game design and 3D engine middleware technology. Their long-term confidence in Scaleform GFx is a strong endorsement of our proven track record, increasing ubiquity, and overall leadership in the game market.”
“Making Unreal Engine 3 a complete out-of-the-box solution for all developers is one of our core goals,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “It quickly became evident that Scaleform GFx is far and away the best UI solution in the market and will remain without equal for years to come. Providing GFx as a fully integrated and standard component of the Unreal Engine is another example of how Epic continues to invest and improve our technology for all of our licensees.”
Scaleform GFx will continue to be available as a standalone UI solution that supports other middleware technologies on the market.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and its 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, visualization applications, training simulations, and linear animated content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained through the Unreal Engine site 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” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of “Gears of War” and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 12 million units. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the four-time winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award and Hall of Fame inductee. 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 Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.
About Scaleform Corporation
Scaleform is the leading provider of user interface software for the videogame and consumer electronic industries. Scaleform GFx enables developers to leverage the power of the Adobe® Flash® tool set and to streamline the creation of highly immersive user interface elements such as hardware-accelerated 3D game menus, HUDs, animated textures, in-game videos and mini-games. Used across all major platforms in 600+ games ranging from AAA to casual titles, the artist-driven Scaleform GFx has grown to include a complete Flash UI toolkit and framework, memory and performance analyzers, and add-ons for Flash video and IME for Asian chat. For more information, visit http://www.scaleform.com.
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