Unigine has signed a Tools and Middleware Licence Agreement with SCE.
Under the deal, Russian firm Unigine will make its Unigine Engine compatible with the PS3, which it plans to release by the end of 2009. The company plans to provide a free evaluation version of the engine to PS3 developers, and those who purchase the current PC version will receive a 50 per cent discount when the PS3 edition launches.
"We are pleased to join Sony Computer Entertainment’s Tools and Middleware program for PS3 since support of the modern hardware is one of the most important strategic directions of our company," said Denis Shergin, CEO of Unigine.
"We plan to make our technology available on PS3 at the end of 2009. It is targeted to AAA-level games and can be licensed by companies from all over the world."
Alexander Zaprjagaev, CTO of Unigine, added: "The current version of our Unigine engine is specifically designed to take advantage of full capabilities of the current generation hardware focused on photorealistic rendering. PS3 is definitely a very powerful platform and we are interested in leveraging its potential for the needs of game developers."