SKÖVDE, SWEDEN, MARCH 23, 2011 - Coffee Stain Studios, developer of " Sanctum," a game that blends first-person shooter and tower defense action, announces a long-term license agreement with Epic Games to use the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) for its current and upcoming projects.
"Sanctum," which was first developed using the "Unreal Tournament 3" game modification toolset, won multiple awards in Epic's $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest. Upon launch of Epic's Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free version of UE3, Coffee Stain Studios took "Sanctum" from a popular "Unreal Tournament 3" mod to a completely standalone game.
Over the course of its transition into a commercial UE3 licensee, Coffee Stain Studios has armed "Sanctum" with more fully featured gameplay and carnage than ever before. The game is poised for a beta release via Steam on March 24 and a full release on April 15.
"We've had our eye on this talented team since the early days of 'Sanctum,' and like previous Make Something Unreal winners, we are so pleased to see Coffee Stain Studios turn their game development dreams into a business," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "We will continue to provide them with excellent tools and technology."
"Taking 'Sanctum' from a 'UT3' mod to a full source UE3 game has been a natural step for us, and Epic has been very helpful the whole way," said Anton Westbergh, co-founder and CEO, Coffee Stain Studios. "Using UE3 gives us the ability to work seamlessly across all disciplines using superior tools and support, and that beats out any other alternative."
To learn more about "Sanctum," please "Like" the game on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/SanctumGame), visit "Sanctum" at Indie DB ( www.indiedb.com/games/sanctum) or follow @Coffee_Stain on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/Coffee_Stain).
About Coffee Stain Studios
Coffee Stain Studios, winner of multiple honors in Epic Games' $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest, is the developer of the upcoming PC title "Sanctum." The company was founded in 2010 by a group of devoted and ambitious students from Sweden's University of Skövde with the goal of forming a company that allows the founders to work with what they love and to create unique, awesome games. During the first months of the company's existence, Coffee Stain Studios developed the iOS title, "ILove Strawberries," which was published by Atari, Inc. Since then, its focus has been on "Sanctum." More information about Coffee Stain Studios and their productions can be found at: www.coffeestainstudios.com.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across platforms. Unreal Engine 3's highly mature toolset and content pipeline consistently evolve along with its advanced mobile features, multi-core processor support, optimizations for iOS, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 and massive world support. Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for computer and video games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated television shows. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained at 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" franchise has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and won more than 50 Game of the Year awards. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the five-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer magazine's Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also held the Develop Industry Excellence Award in its category for the past three years. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at www.epicgames.com.
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Anton Westbergh - CEO
Coffee Stain Studios AB
Capstrat (for Epic Games)