Warner Bros. has announced that they have bought a company-wide license to use Epic Games’ Unreal graphics engine (Gears of War, Bulletstorm) on all future titles published by the company. Specifically, the press release issued mentions that NetherRealms Studios’ Mortal Kombat and Rocksteady’s Batman will work exclusively with the engine through 2014. However, there are some other companies under the Warner Bros. umbrella that could make good use of the tech, namely Monolith and Turbine, makers of F.E.A.R. and Lord of the Rings Online, respectively.
Let us also not forget that TT Games is owned by Warner Bros. as well. Who’s pumped for a LEGO game using Unreal? Come on, there has to be someone, right? Oh god, I feel so alone…
Here’s some quotage from the official presser sent out by Warner Bros. announcing the partnership.
“We’re very excited that the talented production teams at NetherRealm and Rocksteady will continue to make Unreal Engine 3 their exclusive core technology for the next few years to create the exceptional titles they are so known for,” said Epic Games VP Mark Rein.
“We look forward to seeing how the engine will contribute to the upcoming games from these teams and potentially other Warner teams and external developers who develop or publish with Warner.”