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Old 05-12-05, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default NCSoft nabs Unreal 3 Engine

May 12, 2005 - NCSoft announced today that it has licensed Epic's blazingly hot Unreal Engine 3. Gamers may recall that NCSoft licensed the previous version for Lineage II.

Harry Kim, NCSoft Chief Strategic Officer, says, "We have been very pleased with the support and technology Epic has provided in the past. We are especially excited to be working with Unreal Engine 3. The new tools, technology and content pipeline will allow us to achieve stunning, next-generation, results in the least amount of time possible."


http://pc.ign.com/articles/613/613248p1.html

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Old 05-12-05, 10:16 PM   #2
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Jesus Christ, how many companies are licencing this engine?!?
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Old 05-12-05, 10:17 PM   #3
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Old 05-12-05, 10:39 PM   #4
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*gets horrible mental images that will haunt me for the rest of my life*

ANYWAY, wow, that's I think the 6th known developer that's lisenced the engine so far, plus the developers that have lisenced it but are haven't announced it yet. Pretty damn impressive for an engine that doesn't even have a single game under it's belt yet. Can't wait to see what games running on this engine look like once they're released.
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Old 05-12-05, 10:54 PM   #5
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*gets horrible mental images that will haunt me for the rest of my life*

ANYWAY, wow, that's I think the 6th known developer that's lisenced the engine so far, plus the developers that have lisenced it but are haven't announced it yet. Pretty damn impressive for an engine that doesn't even have a single game under it's belt yet. Can't wait to see what games running on this engine look like once they're released.
Just remember, the Serious Engine 1.0 was licensed by 14 developers, but it only found its way into one game other than Serious Sam games. Just becuase 6 developers licensed it does not mean all 6 will get games out using it.
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Old 05-12-05, 10:59 PM   #6
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Just remember, the Serious Engine 1.0 was licensed by 14 developers, but it only found its way into one game other than Serious Sam games. Just becuase 6 developers licensed it does not mean all 6 will get games out using it.
That has to really suck... those engines cost an absolutely INSANE amount of money to license. I remember the Serious Engine 1.0 was like $100,000 for an internal project, and $250,000 + a percentage for a retail game. And Croteam was hardly a big business then.

Anyone know how much it costs to license UE3? Im guessing $500,000 to a mil + a pretty large cut from sales.

I cant imagine spending that much money on an engine and not releasing a product using it...
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Isn't Lineage II based off the Unreal Engine?

I bet they are prepping for Lineage III!
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Jesus Christ, how many companies are licencing this engine?!?

I told you.. THere is nothing else to license that match the level of Graphics and gameplay that will be possible in the Unreal 3 engine. No contest.
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I told you.. THere is nothing else to license that match the level of Graphics and gameplay that will be possible in the Unreal 3 engine. No contest.
EDIT: After E-Mailing Tim Sweeney, I retract this opinion

Tim Sweeney: Designers have control over all of the shadowing options except for areas where it doesn't make sense (i.e. a dynamic object casting precomputed shadows).

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Old 05-13-05, 12:29 PM   #10
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quake 3's engine was liscensed a hell of alot too. A reaaal lot.

Lineage 2 is the unreal 2.0 engine. Sad they have to liscense a technology patch =p
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quake 3's engine was liscensed a hell of alot too. A reaaal lot.

Lineage 2 is the unreal 2.0 engine. Sad they have to liscense a technology patch =p
It's still being licensed/used, too. CoD: UO.
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really? was it like that on that unreal demo showed a while back?

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Not necessarily. Graphics wise, I'm absolutely sure that Carmack's next renderer will be superior (He's writing all of his shaders in straight assembly, now that's amazing). UnrealEngine 3 only has soft shadows from dynamic characters when there are static lights.

If there is a moving light in the scene, everything casts a shadow-volume.

Also, UE3 is being licenced for the tools. The tools are second to none, and literally godlike. In UE3 there wont even need to be programmers doing gameplay coding or shader generation or anything!

That's the key to UE3's licencing, not having superior visual capability and gameplay capabilites (whatever that means).

Oh, and UE2 sold much better than any other engine to date, yet CryEngine and especially Doom3 make it look like crap.
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