RALEIGH, May 11th, 2005 - Epic Games, one of the world's leading developers of cutting-edge computer and video games and the pioneer of the award-winning Unreal® Engine, today announced that its Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools will be used exclusively in all next-generation games developed by Silicon Knights.
Silicon Knights best known for creating award winning titles such as Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes will now be utilizing the Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools to deliver its next generation games to fans worldwide. By using the Unreal Engine 3, Silicon Knights believes that it will be able to push the boundaries of games and take them beyond gamers' wildest expectations.
"We feel The Unreal Engine 3 is by far the best technology for next generation systems. With its advanced graphic pipeline and technical capabilities Silicon Knights will be able to concentrate on delivering content at a production level previously unheard of", said Denis Dyack, President and Founder of Silicon Knights. "By partnering with Epic Games exclusively, we feel will be able to help usher in a new era where video games become the dominant form of entertainment for this century."
Mark Rein, Vice President and Co-founder of Epic Games agree: "We are very excited to be working with Silicon Knights this generation. Combining the technology of the Unreal Engine 3 with the creativity of Silicon Knights has awesome potential. Silicon Knights is a powerhouse for creating original content and the Unreal Engine 3 is a perfect vehicle to deliver it on." Tim Sweeney, CEO and Co-founder of Epic Games adds, "It is very exciting to have Silicon Knights use Unreal Engine 3 technology exclusively. Silicon Knights is a savvy developer that has always created their own technology in the past. It is inspiring that they have now partnered with us exclusively this generation as it re-enforces our belief that we are on the right path for developing the proper tools and technology for creating the best games on the next generation systems."
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and a best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 is expected to maintain those features while adding massive world support, multi-processor support, next-generation console optimizations, and one of the most mature tool pipelines in the industry. Unreal Engine 3's new toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers' productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained at www.unrealtechnology.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games Inc., based in Raleigh, NC and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament, both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than one million copies. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including, 2002 Console Game of the Year winner, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell TM from Ubi Soft; PC Gamer's 2000 Game of the Year, Deus Ex from Ion Storm/Eidos; America's Army: Operations, from the United States Army, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PC) from Electronic Arts. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at www.epicgames.com .
About Silicon Knights
Silicon Knights® is essentially a modern-day guild of talented individuals who are dedicated to creating state-of-the-art and superior original video games through strong educational backgrounds, professional artists, and unique game design. The company believes that its culture has only begun to explore the potential of computer games and that computer games will evolve into the dominant art form of the 21st century. Silicon Knights aims to completely engage and immerse the game player by combining the very best elements of technology, art, music, game play, and story line. Silicon Knights Inc, incorporated in July 1992, is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Silicon Knights is represented exclusively by Interactive Studio Management. For more information about Silicon Knights or any Silicon Knights product, please visit the company's web site at www.siliconknights.com.
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