Unreal engine

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The Unreal engine is one of the more popular action video game engines. First illustrated in the 1998 first-person shooter computer game Unreal, it has been the basis of many such games since, including Unreal Tournament and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.

The Unreal engine was seen as a major rival to id Software's Quake engine. The Unreal engine includes support for a scripting language called UnrealScript, which can be used to quickly modify many aspects of the game without having to delve into the C++ internals.


Games using the Unreal engine

Many other software companies have licensed the Unreal engine in order to speed up development of their own titles. These include Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen and Ion Storm's Deus Ex. Newer versions of the engine (known as the Warfare engine or Unreal engine 2) are being used for PC games such as Running With Scissors' Postal², 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever, the U.S. Army's America's Army and Ion Storm's Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Versions of the Unreal engine are available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Sega Dreamcast.

Below is a comprehensive list of published video games utilising the Unreal engine [1] (http://www.unrealtechnology.com/html/powered/released.shtml):

Unreal engine 1

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Screenshot from Unreal

Unreal engine 2

Screenshot from the Onslaught game mode in Unreal Tournament 2004
Screenshot from the Onslaught game mode in Unreal Tournament 2004

The second generation of the Unreal engine, sometimes referred to as the "Warfare engine". This list includes games using Unreal engine 2.5.

Unreal engine 3

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Berserker from Unreal 3 technology demo - a detailed model, bump-mapping, and real-time soft self-shadowing

According to Epic Games, games based on the Unreal 3 engine can be expected around 2006. So far two games using this engine have been revealed: Epic Games has created a new franchise (Gears of War) of which the first game will use Unreal Engine 3. They are also working on Unreal Tournament 2007, the 4th game in the Unreal Tournament series, and the first on Unreal Engine 3. BioWare has licensed the engine for a new, unannounced title. Midway Games and Microsoft Game Studios will also use Unreal Engine 3 for a number of projects. The U.S. Army announced on May 10, 2005 that it is expanding its technology agreement with Epic Games and will begin developing its next generation versions of America's Army on the Unreal Engine 3. Webzen, a Korean game studio, recently announced their upcoming next-gen MMORPG Huxley, which makes use of the Unreal 3 engine. Austin, TX based NCSoft Interactive has also licensed the Unreal Engine 3 for use in the next game of its Lineage series, Lineage III.

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External links

Unreal series

Unreal | Unreal II: The Awakening| eXpanded MultiPlayer

Unreal Tournament | Unreal Tournament 2003 | Unreal Tournament 2004 | Unreal Tournament 2007

Unreal Championship | Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Unreal engine | UnrealScript | Vehicles in Unreal Tournament 2004

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