Epic Games & NCSoft have announced a licensing agreement that will allow the use of Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 engine in future NCSoft titles.
Ray Park, territory manager of Epic Games Korea said:
“Equipping the brilliant creative minds at NCsoft with cutting-edge tools and features will bring even more visually stunning, high-quality entertainment to millions of players.
Already having worked more than a decade with NCsoft, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with them for many more years to come.”
The engine has been used in titles such as the Gears of War franchise, Bulletstorm and the iOS release, Infinity Blade. NCSoft is known for it’s MMORPG’s which include the Lineage series and Aion. The first NCSoft title likely to take advantage of Unreal Engine 3 will be the upcoming Blade & Soul MMO.
Hyungjun Kim, vice president of NCsoft, also spoke about the deal.
“It has been possible for us to harness all our energy and put it toward the creativity of the games themselves by developing ‘Lineage II’ and ‘Blade and Soul’ with Unreal Engine.
I believe we can pull the most out of the engine through the know-how that has accumulated through our experience with this superior game engine.”
NCSoft isn’t the first MMO developer to license Unreal Engine 3. Fellow Korean developer Neowiz Games have also licensed the engine for their upcoming MMO entitled Bless.
Source: Press Release