City Interactive has licensed Epic Games’ ubiquitous Unreal Engine 3 for a new first-person shooter due out next year. This news comes just a few days after the publisher/developer announced it has hired Codemasters’ Stuart Black to be the creative director of the publisher’s new U.K. studio.
“We are committed to developing and publishing high-quality, interactive experiences, and employing the most robust game engines are paramount to achieving that goal,” said City Interactive CEO Marek Tyminski. “Licensing Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games gives us access to one of the most advanced and high-performing video game engines ever created, and one of the most knowledgeable support teams available.”
For Epic, the deal is just the latest of a long list of similar agreements made between the Gears of War developer and other studios, including Irrational Games, BioWare, Gearbox Software, and more.
As Epic vice president Mark Rein explained in a statement, “We’re constantly adding to Unreal Engine 3’s high-end feature set for PC and console, and we’re excited to see City Interactive working with our latest technology. We welcome them to the Unreal Engine 3 development community and look forward to working with them in maximizing the horsepower of our engine.”
While City Interactive didn’t provide any specifics about what its mystery shooter is, there’s little doubt that it will be the "high adventure" World War II project Stuart Black is developing. Black made a name for himself working on explosive, over-the-top shooters like Criterion Games’ Black and Codemasters’ upcoming Bodycount, so there’s no reason to believe, especially now with the power of Unreal 3 behind him, he won’t do the same at his new home.