Epic Games has licensed their Unreal Engine 4 to independent game developer YAGER, creator of Spec Ops: The Line and Aerial Strike: Low Altitude – High Stakes. YAGER, the German based studio is the first Europe developer to license the tech. This English speaking studio employs more than 100 artists and engineers from 15 different countries. YAGER is currently working on an unannounced next gen title that will be using Unreal Engine 4.
“Unreal Engine 4 is, hands down, the best tool set for creating next-generation, AAA games,” said Timo Ullmann, managing director at YAGER. “Unreal Engine 3 enabled our great team to tap its full potential for the development for our award-winning game ‘Spec Ops: The Line’ and beyond. YAGER is thrilled to be utilizing Epic’s latest technology for our foremost project as the new workflow is incredible, and Blueprint visual scripting gives us more control over building our games than ever before.”
The Unreal Engine is developed by Epic Games and was first used in 1998 with the creation of the first person shooter Unreal. It was originally developed for first person shooters but has jumped to other genres. Unreal Engine 4 offers several new features including real-time global illumination using Voxel Cone Tracking which eliminates the need for pre-computed lighting. Developers can debug and update gameplay behaviors when they happen in Simulate Mode. Changes to the game world can be made by directly clicking on in-game elements. With the reduced time to compile code, Unreal Engine 4 allows game developers to make the changes they need in real time.
“With ‘Spec Ops: The Line,’ the team at YAGER demonstrated their ability to create intelligent, cinematic games with exceptional visuals, and we’re excited to watch their latest vision spring to life,” said Mike Gamble, European territory manager for Epic Games. “Unreal Engine 4 scales to teams of all sizes, and YAGER’s new project will show what talented developers can do with leading-edge tools that unleash their creative power and productivity.”