During a Q&A session following a demonstration
of their new Unreal
Engine 3, Epic Games' Mark Rein said, "It won't be easy to take something HD res here to the Revolution,"
continuing we probably "won't be seeing Unreal Engine 3 on the Revolution."
Although he was clear
to say that he has not seen the final hardware for the Revolution, Rein said the existing Unreal Engine 2 would provide
more than enough muscle to take full advantage of the Revolution's hardware since it won't require HD resolution.
been announced, so despite the fact this came from Epic's VP, consider it
unconfirmed. Any geeks in the house care to pontificate on whether or not UE
3 is in fact
for Revolution developers?
See also:Revolution can handle Unreal Engine
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consider Unreal Engine 3 for RevolutionNintendo responds to Epic's
Revolution disdainEpic VP
rips on Revolution concept
(UPDATE: To prevent further confusion, I'll attempt to clarify what I
think Mr. Rein was saying. The process of porting UE3 games running in HD from platforms like PC, Xbox
360, or PS3 to the Revolution "won't be easy" and therefore, he suspects, won't be done. He elaborated that
licensing Unreal Engine 3 for a Revolution game would probably be overkill, since Unreal Engine 2 is already capable of
maxing out what they perceive the system to be capable of.
That being said, what about the streamlined
scripting and animation tools bundled into Unreal Engine 3's Kismet? Wouldn't some developers gladly pay the increased
licensing fees to work in a refined development environment that, according to Epic, could cut their development costs.
Furthermore, some developers, like Midway, have purchased studio-wide licenses to develop all their next-gen titles with
UE3, presumably their Revolution titles as well.
I think mocax got it right,
"Epic's writes software graphics/game engines. Nintendo makes a machine that allows developers to deviate from
Epic's core business. Any self-respecting profit-oriented corporation will twitch at Nintendo's disruption." I
suspect we will see UE3 on some Revolution titles, but the idea is antithetical to Nintendo's stated
ideology and thereby threatening to a company that makes their money selling eye candy.