FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBUS, Ohio– September 3, 2008– BlackFoot Studios LLC today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Epic Games, Inc. to license Unreal Engine 3 for its upcoming premiere release Sky Gods, a military tactical action game for PC, Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3.
“Epic supports the smaller studios, and they work hard to make the right things happen for all involved.” said John Sonedecker, founder of BlackFoot Studios.“Epic is a great company to deal with, and we are proud to partner with them.”
Unreal Engine 3 is perfectly suited to BlackFoot Studios’ vision for their products, offering cutting edge technology, versatility and the ability to develop a multi-platform product.
“A nicely proven engine solution makes it feasible for us to release our first title, Sky Gods, on multiple platforms. Unreal Engine 3 is proven on PC, Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3 with an art pipeline that allows for easy cross-platform development and drastically reduces the effort and costs involved with releasing a title on both PC and consoles,” says Sonedecker.
“BlackFoot Studios has a rich history of working with Unreal Engine 3, and we are proud to support their efforts with technology and tools that help them ramp up quickly and minimize risk,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games.“It can be especially tough for smaller teams to tackle cross-platform challenges, so we feel great about getting behind these guys.”
Sky Gods will focus on a complete co-operative game experience centering on Special Forces operations, specifically HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) and helicopter insertion missions. BlackFoot Studios plans a worldwide release of Sky Gods via digital distribution in the first quarter of 2009.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and its best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains 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 3's advanced toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers' productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained through the Unreal Technology Web site at www.unrealtechnology.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, most recently shipping Unreal Tournament 3 for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360™. Epic’s breakthrough game, Gears of War, sold 5 million copies and won over 30 game of the year awards. The highly anticipated sequel, Gears of War 2, is scheduled for release on November 7, 2008. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder and three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.
About BlackFoot Studios
BlackFoot Studios LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio, was founded in 2004 by John Sonedecker, a veteran developer who has been involved with some of the industry’s most prominent and successful realistic tactical shooter franchises.
With a team of visionary programmers and artists, BlackFoot Studios’ goal is to develop gaming products that cater to the“thinking gamers” of the tactical first-person shooter genre. The studio aims to appeal to the realistic tactical sim audience, while still maintaining the fun and ease of play for the more casual gamer.
With the studio’s talent for creating challenging realism while maintaining fun game play, gamers will find themselves in an immersive world of military Special Ops, with never before presented perspectives and gameplay such as fully player controlled HALO parachuting missions.
More information about BlackFoot Studios and its projects is available at www.BlackFootStudios.com .
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