Epicâ??s Rein praises success of Unreal-powered Bioshock

Epicâ??s Rein praises success of Unreal-powered Bioshock

By Ed Fear

August 29th 2007 at 11:50AM

Atmospheric shooter becomes second-fastest selling 360 game in the UK

Speaking to Develop, Epic VP Mark Rein has expressed his delight at Bioshock’s commercial and critical success – and its use of the studio’s Unreal Engine.

Bioshock, developed by 2K Boston and 2K Australia (formerly known as Irrational), is currently the number one selling game in the UK marketplace, accounting for 58 per cent of all full-price game sales and becoming the second-fastest selling Xbox 360 title of all time – right behind Epic’s own Gears of War.

“The folks at 2K Boston and 2K Australia have done a really fantastic job with this game,” said Rein. “We like to think we set a high bar with our own games, but more importantly we give our licensees the opportunity to take what we’ve done and do something even better with it.

“We do everything we can to help our licensees achieve that. Our door is always open for licensees who want to come and talk with us about their experiences and let us give them the best advice we can on how to take the most advantage of our technology,” he said.

“Regardless of whether its developed by us or not, nothing would make me happier than to see our engine in the number one selling game of all time or the number one highest reviewed game of all time.

“There are a lot more great titles coming from our licensees as well and we’re very proud of what is being accomplished and the helping role we get to play in their success.”