Midway's Unreal Plans

Midway Chooses Unreal Engine 3 for Next Generation Game Development is an announcement that comes out of the DICE Summit saying Midway has licensed the next iteration of the Unreal engine for use on several upcoming console and PC projects. Here's a bit:
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 2005-- Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY - News), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Epic Games giving Midway use of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools for next generation console and PC game development. Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools are now in use at Midway's internal studios including: Midway's Chicago studio, the makers of NBA Ballers and the Mortal Kombat franchise; Midway's Austin studio, developers of Area 51; and Surreal Software, the creators of The Suffering.
Source: Midway Games Inc.

This agreement with Epic furthers Midway's strategy to align itself with the top development technology and talent in the industry. The relationship also allows Midway to build on Unreal Engine 3 technology to create specific tools and assets that will be utilized across all Midway internal studios. This studio-wide effort is expected to be instrumental in the development and progression of major franchises as well as the creation of new game properties. The agreement also underscores Midway's commitment to the premium PC games market.
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fry in a pan
Feb 2, 2005, 13:59
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fry in a pan Feb 2, 2005, 13:59
Feb 2, 2005, 13:59
 
Spend that money baby, and make me some good games. Peace out.

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Feb 2, 2005, 14:03
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The Unreal 3 engine is amazing. I remember watching that demo video showing off the graphics. It was awesome.

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Feb 2, 2005, 14:21
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Feb 2, 2005, 14:21
 
First person Mortal Kombat? Yay!

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Drakan: Order of the Flame
Feb 2, 2005, 14:22
Sho
 
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Drakan: Order of the Flame Feb 2, 2005, 14:22
Feb 2, 2005, 14:22
 Sho
 
Anyone remember Drakan? That was a great game - developed by Surreal Software. I'd love to see a Drakan 2 powered by UnrealEngine 3.0.

Edit: Yes, I know there was a second Drakan game for the Playstation - but it wasn't called "Drakan 2" and used the same technology. More of a mission pack than a sequel.


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Feb 2, 2005, 14:37
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"Great next generation games will be defined by how far they push the envelope in terms of graphical prowess, evolved artificial intelligence and revolutionary online functionality beyond what gamers are currently experiencing," said David F. Zucker, president and chief executive officer of Midway. "Our obtaining the use of Unreal Engine 3 empowers us to begin today to produce great next generation content. Our internal studios are already in the process of creating incredible products with the Unreal Engine 3 technology in multiple genres."

Whoa, big fella! Easy on the power pharses there, Davie-boy, or you'll sprain your tongue.

Edit: Damn, there were so many that I missed one first time around.

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Feb 2, 2005, 14:42
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I'm pretty sure there was a Draken 2 game. It would be cool to see Draken 3 done well. I want to see the next generation already!

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Feb 2, 2005, 14:48
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Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing a game using the Unreal Engine 3.. although, I thought I heard it wouldn't be complete till next year.

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Feb 2, 2005, 15:27
Eps
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Eps
 
I'd like to see an Unreal 3.


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David F. Zucker, president and chief executive officer of Midway

Anyone know what country Midway is based in? Maybe I buy some of their stock if they gonna make good games.

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Feb 2, 2005, 17:23
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Good for them. Epic has always made great engines, and their partner support is second to none. Not to mention that the new engine is looking awesome if the tech demo movies are to be believed.

It'll be interesting to see how much compitition Doom and Source engines provide when the Unreal Engine 3 starts shipping. It seems Epic's got on a development cycle that puts them shipping iterations off-cycle with the other major providers. Which is really smart IMHO.

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Feb 2, 2005, 17:51
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David F. Zucker. What an unfortunate name if you happened to skim read it, like i did. Had to read it again to make sure i wasnt going crazy.

I hope Midway make some more good games. I know there were a few i liked from them, but the names dont come straight to mind. I like em.

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Still waiting....
Feb 2, 2005, 18:16
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Still waiting.... Feb 2, 2005, 18:16
Feb 2, 2005, 18:16
 
for Unreal 2 to be made. Yes I know there was a game called Unreal 2, but if you actually played it the only thing good about it was XMP. Bring back the Nali! And the Cows!

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Feb 2, 2005, 18:27
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Anyone know what country Midway is based in?

Midway is based in Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Feb 2, 2005, 18:56
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Psi Ops and The Suffering were very good games, so if they can couple thier gamecrafting skills with the Unreal engine, I'm all for it

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Feb 2, 2005, 19:22
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Just a heads-up that Harvey Smith is creative director of Midway Austin. I'm happy about that, personally, but I know some of the haters won't like it.

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"David F. Zucker. What an unfortunate name"

Unfortunate as in accidental? Naw. Ownership and control of USA corporations all reside with the same people. You know. Like how the Gamboni mafia family controlled drugs and prostitution and stuff. These families control hollywood, congress, the president, game industry, ecstasy sales in the USA. World Domination.

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Feb 2, 2005, 19:30
Sho
 
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Feb 2, 2005, 19:30
 Sho
 
I'm pretty sure John Romero is working on making us his bitch at Midway, too. Read some announcement a while back.

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Re: Still waiting....
Feb 2, 2005, 20:17
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Re: Still waiting.... Feb 2, 2005, 20:17
Feb 2, 2005, 20:17
 
I agree with Half Elf

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Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant
Feb 2, 2005, 21:29
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Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant Feb 2, 2005, 21:29
Feb 2, 2005, 21:29
 
Not sure if there are any RPG'ers here, but Midway did release a great RPG for the PS2 in 2004...it was Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant. Very mature, great story, excellent combat, tons of optional side quests and replayability...shame it got buried under all of the other big releases.

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Re: Still waiting....
Feb 2, 2005, 22:21
Com
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Re: Still waiting.... Feb 2, 2005, 22:21
Feb 2, 2005, 22:21
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Still waiting for Unreal 2 to be made.

Still waiting for Unreal Tournament 2 to be made.

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