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BioWare licenses Unreal 3 technology for new IP title

BioWare Corp's next all-new title will use Epic's Unreal 3 engine technology, the Canadian developer - best known for its work on Baldur's Gate and Knights of the Old Republic - confirmed today.

The revered developer, which is currently completing Xbox exclusive title Jade Empire, revealed little about the new project, except to say that one of its teams is "already hard at work" on the game, and that it was "new intellectual property".

"We're very happy to license Epic's advanced Unreal Engine 3 technology," said BioWare's joint CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka. "One of our development teams will now focus on using Unreal Engine 3 to help us create a great gaming experience in a timely manner.

"The Unreal Engine has powered some of our favourite games, and we're looking forward to upholding the great history of this engine with an awesome game from BioWare," he added.

Another BioWare Dr., Greg Zeschuk, also joint CEO, added, "BioWare will continue to independently develop our own cutting-edge engine technology for future titles!"

Meanwhile, as is the way with press releases, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney chipped in, saying he was "thrilled" about BioWare's involvement, and said that it "reinforces that Unreal Engine 3 is not only a next generation, multi-genre game engine but also that it can work well for all developers, from small teams to world-class, technologically-savvy companies like BioWare."

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