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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Two Bioware Q&As Regarding Unreal 3 Engine
6:02 AM | Johan HansÚn | Comment on this story

With the recent announcement that the famous RPG creators at BioWare have licensed Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 for an upcoming title, speculations have run wild on what kind of game this will be. Now the internet magazines HomeLAN Fed and IGN have both been able to get a short chat with BioWare's joint CEOs Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka about the upcoming game.

Unfortunately not too much of the new title can be revealed at this time, but they do admit that it is another role-playing game, and that they are planning to develop an RPG layer for the Unreal Engine 3 that other developers will be able to license as well:

In terms of the engine itself, our plan is develop what we call the "RPG layer" on top of Unreal Engine 3. This is the part of the game code that drives the features that people are so fond of in our prior games: things like real-time lip-synched fully voiced conversation systems, integration of game world data to create a living, breathing world, and a great story. We've had some very preliminary discussions with Epic about this addition to the engine, and we think there might be an opportunity for people to license this RPG layer from us (since we're the owner of it) after they've licensed the Unreal Engine 3 from Epic. We think that the work that we're doing on this title can certainly expand people's perspectives on what a licensable game engine can do.
To read more about BioWare's plans and impressions of the Unreal Engine 3, as well as a short status update on their other titles currently in development, head over to the two interviews with the help of the links below.

Epic Games
IMG News - Bioware Licenses Unreal Engine 3
HomeLAN Fed - BioWare UnrealEngine3 Interview
IGN - BioWare's Unreal New RPG

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