Gearbox Software has announced that they have entered into a long term agreement with Epic Games to use Epic's Unreal Engine 3 for PC and next-generation console games. Gearbox has previously used the Unreal Engine for games such as Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 and its upcoming sequel. The first game to make use of the new engine will be Brothers in Arms 3, which has so far only been announced for the PlayStation 3.
"We have had a huge amount of success using the Unreal Engine technology on Brothers In Arms Road to Hill 30, which has sold about 2 million copies so far, and we're also using it on Brothers In Arms Earned in Blood." says Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software, "We've used most of the major 3D engines on the market and without a doubt Unreal Engine 3 is the best. Epic's tools, technology and support are fantastic. We've chosen Unreal Engine 3 as the exclusive technology we will use for all of our own titles going forward into the next generation. We're confident that our ability to continue to create world-class titles will be enhanced by this choice."
"We've admired Gearbox Software since their earliest days and having the chance to work with them on Brothers In Arms made us realize that Gearbox Software is one of the best development studios in the world." said Mark Rein, Vice President, Epic Games Inc. "Gearbox Software has done amazing work on several of the industry's top franchises and with Brothers In Arms they created their own hugely successful world-class entertainment property. It is especially gratifying for us that Gearbox Software has chosen Unreal Engine 3 as the technology for their original games for the next generation."
Expect more news on Brothers in Arms 3 in the coming months. Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood will be released on PC and Xbox on October 6th, with the PlayStation 2 version due on October 28th.