Epic releases UE3 for NGP to developers

Epic Games’ award-winning game engine, Unreal Engine 3, has been released to Next Generation Portable (NGP) developers, the studio’s announced today. The engine is widely-used in current game development, as demonstrated in hit titles like Gears of War, BioShock, Batman: Arkham City, and Transformers: War for Cybertron.

“We were very proud to be onstage with SCE to give the world just a taste of what Unreal Engine 3 can do on NGP,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “NGP raises the bar for the performance of handheld platforms with its multi-core GPU and shader-based, multi-core CPU. This makes Unreal Engine 3 a particularly advantageous fit for NGP. Furthermore, multiple UE3 licensees are already working with NGP, some of which have indicated they intend to release their games for the platform’s launch.”

Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney added: “We see NGP as a true game-changer with a perfect combination of performance, innovative controls and gamer appeal that make it truly a high-end console in your pocket.”

The studio had presented their first Unreal Engine 3 demo at PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Tokyo last month. It featured a “weeping panorama full of particle systems, animating characters and atmospheric lighting effects.”

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