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More Details on Deus Ex 2/Thief 3 Engine
10:29 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Last week we brought you the news that Ion Storm had announced they will be using Epic's powerful Unreal 3D engine (or Unreal Warfare, as it's currently called) for certain undisclosed future titles. With Warren Spector having noted in the past that Ion Storm is still trying to decide on what engine to use for Deus Ex 2 and/or Thief 3, it seems logical that this next generation of the Unreal engine will be used for both.

VoodooExtreme's report on the matter was followed by a long comment thread/flamewar about engines (mostly a comparison between id's opposing Quake/Doom 3 offerings). For those worried about the Unreal engine not being capable enough, Ion Storm programmer Paul Tozour puts such fears to rest with this post:

Just to clarify a few things for everyone:

We will be using the latest generation Unreal(R) Engine that Epic is building for use in their upcoming game Unreal Warfare.

We will also be heavily modifying the engine in several ways as appropriate to Thief 3 and Deus Ex 2.

I can't comment on any of the specific technologies that we are modifying or replacing, but for those of you concerned about specific technologies and how they will work with T3 and DX2, rest assured that we are all too well aware of the specific technological requirements of our unique games and we're not hesitating to make the changes we need to make to the engine to get them to work in just the way we want.

While engine modifications are nothing new when licensees attempt such unique games like Deus Ex, it's good to hear they won't be limited by any drawbacks in the current technology. It's also great to get confirmation that Thief 3 will be using Unreal as well, because it means a Mac port is likely (considering all of the other Unreal-based games which have been brought to the Mac). While neither game has yet been announced as coming to the Mac yet, we'll bring you any new info released about the situation.

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