March 17, 2011 by Paul Curtin
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced via press release today a long-term studio-wide license agreement with Epic Games to use the award-winning Unreal Engine 3. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 will be the exclusive game engine for any development team working under Warner Bros. and will continue to be the engine for NetherRealm and Rocksteady Studios through 2014. Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games had this to say about the deal:
“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. 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.”
Obviously, this means that the next Batman Arkham and Mortal Kombat games will again be using the Unreal Engine 3, but let’s hope by at least 2014 there will be a new deal where Warner Bros. games will be using the Unreal Engine 4. View the latest tech demo of the Unreal Engine 3 shown off at GDC 2011 below.