Life has been crazy busy, hence the lack of updates. Spicy moved into a beautiful new office. The Grimm project has been humming along. The team has really gelled and is cranking out beautiful work. And today we get to announce the technology we’ve been working with:
SPICY HORSE STUDIO SIGNS MULTI-TITLE UNREAL ENGINE 3 LICENSING AGREEMENT
SHANGHAI, P.R.C. â€“ September 21, 2007 â€“ Spicy Horse Games, a Shanghai based game developer, together with Epic Games China announced today that it has entered into a multi-title agreement to license UnrealÂ® Engine 3.
Spicy Horse Games is using Unreal Engine 3 technology for â€œAmerican McGeeâ€™s Grimmâ€ along with upcoming PC and console game titles. â€œGrimmâ€ is a part of the GameTap original lineup, expected to launch starting in 2008.
â€œUnreal Engine 3 has given our team the tools they need to express their creativity in a rapid and predictable way,â€ said American McGee, Creative Director of Spicy Horse. â€œWorking with the great people at Epic Games China allows us capture rapidly expanding business and creative opportunities in Chinese and global gaming.â€
Paul Meegan, CEO of Epic Games China said, â€œWeâ€™re very happy to be working with American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse. American has a reputation for being highly creative, and his is one of the first independent teams to make games for the global marketplace entirely in China. We look forward to the next Alice.â€
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and a best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 is expected to maintain those features while adding massive world support, multi-processor support, next-generation console optimizations, and one of the most mature tool pipelines in the industry. Unreal Engine 3â€™s new toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers’ productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained at http://www.unrealtechnology.com
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and game engine technology for PC and console. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in their Unreal series and their latest game, Gears of WarÂ®, broke sales records on Xbox 360 selling more than 3 million copies worldwide in the first ten weeks and awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including, Console Game of the Year winner, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell TM” by Ubi Soft; PC Gamer’s Game of the Year, “Deus Ex” from Ion Storm/Eidos; “America’s Army: Special Forces,” by the United States Army, and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PC) by Electronic Arts. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and three-time consecutive winner, of Game Developer magazine’s Front Line award for Best Game Engine. Epic Games was also awarded Studio of the Year at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards and Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through Epic’s Web site at http://www.epicgames.com
About Epic Games China
Epic Games China, based in Shanghai, licenses Epic Gamesâ€™ Unreal Engine 2 and Unreal Engine 3 in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South East Asia. The company provides local technology support and professional training services in Mandarin and English. Epic Games China also offers AAA quality content production outsourcing and game development services to developers and publishers worldwide. Additional information is available at http://www.epicgameschina.com
About Spicy Horse Games
Spicy Horse is an American owned and financed video game development studio located in Shanghai. The companyâ€™s mission is to create boutique games for the PC and next-gen console market using rapid production techniques and high-end technology with a creative focus on storytelling and art. Spicyâ€™s development philosophy is geared towards putting the fun back into making and playing games. Additional information is available at: http://www.spicyhorse.com
Unreal is a registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
So, there you have it. A mini-update and a press release. Exciting huh? Seriously, the UE3 tech has been a joy to work with. Although I find it ironic we’re using a next-gen engine to build a casual game. I guess that makes Grimm “next-gen casual”?