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SEOUL, KOREA (February 13, 2008)– Devroot Studio, a division of SONOV Corporation, announced today that it has licensed Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games, Inc. for an unannounced title, codenamed“BK Project.” Devroot Studio is a dedicated online game development team within SONOV, a leading Korean developer and publisher known for its wildly successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG)“Shaiya: Light and Darkness,” which MMOsite.com awarded top honors for Best Graphics and second place for Most Anticipated in its 2007 Readers Choice Awards.
"Over the past six months, we have researched lots of game engines for our next project,” said Jeon Min-Uk, product director of Devroot Studio and chief technical officer of SONOV.“And now, we proudly announce that Unreal Engine 3 is the most flexible and capable engine, and we believe it will enable us to fully harness our creativity while developing BK Project."
“Devroot plans to create a very distinctive game using our technology, and we are prepared to thoroughly support their development efforts,” said Jay Wilbur, vice president of Epic Games.“We are thrilled to join forces with one of Korea’s top game companies, especially one that takes so much pride in delivering the highest quality games to the global marketplace.”
Developers and publishers around the world have licensed Unreal Engine 3 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Since Epic has shipped its internal titles across all supported platforms, the engine's content pipeline and technical capabilities have achieved unprecedented levels of maturity and accessibility. These advancements, combined with the continual incorporation of top quality middleware via Epic's prestigious Integrated Partners Program, has primed Unreal Engine 3 as the best possible offering for cross-platform game development for years to come. Through this licensing agreement, Devroot Studio will be able to take advantage of the latest enhancements to Unreal Engine 3, including improved character lighting, dynamic ambient occlusion, a new shadowing system, and much more.
About SONOV Corporation
SONOV was established with the vision of becoming the prominent worldwide provider of digital content and is specialized in global online entertainment. It continues to provide captivating content to users, leveraging its highly expert and quality staff to create the best content possible. SONOV currently develops and operates two MMORPGs,“Shaiya: Light and Darkness” and“Dragonsky.” SONOV website (English): http://eng.sonov.com
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and a best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features while adding massive world support, multi-processor support, next-generation console optimizations, and one of the most mature tool pipelines in the industry. Unreal Engine 3's advanced toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers' productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained at www.unrealtechnology.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, recently shipping Unreal Tournament 3 for PC and PlayStation 3. Epic’s breakthrough game, Gears of War, sold over 4.5 million copies and was awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts&Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including the Game Critics Awards’ Best Console Game and Spike TV’s 2007 RPG of the Year Mass Effect by BioWare and the 2007 BAFTA Best Game and Spike TV Game of the Year BioShock by 2K Games. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and three-time consecutive winner, of Game Developer magazine's Front Line award for Best Game Engine. Epic was also recognized as 2006 Studio of the Year by Spike TV, 2006 Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine and 2007 Large Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.
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