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Gameloft signs new 4-game Unreal Engine 3 deal

Multiformat deal covers iOS, Android, PSN and set-top boxes

Mobile developer Gameloft has announced a new four game licensing deal for Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 technology, with four multiformat titles due to be released in the next two years.

Although the names of the games were not revealed, two of the titles will be released in 2011 and two in 2012. Gameloft has increasingly begun to port its mobile titles to other formats, with its Asphalt series due to be a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS and Counter-Strike clone Modern Combat recently released as a PlayStation Network download.

The formats specified by the new four game deal include iOS, Android, PlayStation Network and set-top boxes.

Epic Games recently released a new iOS version of its Unreal Development Kit (UDK), which was used to create the popular Infinity Blade title from Epic-owned Chair Entertainment.

"Gameloft is very pleased to partner with Epic, especially with their ability to stay ahead of the curve and continually place the best game engine technology in developers' hands at any given point in time," said Julien Fournials, vice president of production at Gameloft.

"Using Unreal Engine 3 allows us to push game visuals with remarkable lighting and high-fidelity environments. We are confident that players will enjoy the games powered by Unreal Engine 3," he added.

"There is no doubt that the four games running on Unreal Engine 3 will be visually stunning and take advantage of the powerful mobile gaming devices," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "We are thrilled to provide our technology to Gameloft and look forward to a lasting collaboration."