NetherRealm, Rocksteady Go Unreal Engine-Exclusive

by Adam Biessener on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:44 AM

Warner Bros. has bought a company-wide license to use Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games, and the Mortal Kombat and Batman studios will work exclusively with the technology through 2014, according to a press release.

The existing Mortal Kombat and Batman projects were already being made with UE3, so there's no change there. All this announcement tells us is that Rocksteady and NetherRealm are planning on using the tech for their next projects as well.

The statement from Warner Bros. doesn't say anything about its plans for the rest of its development studios, but the agreement with Epic allows them to use UE3 as much as they like.

The Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment studios you may care about include:

  • Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R.)
  • NetherRealm Studios (Mortal Kombat)
  • Rocksteady Studios (Batman)
  • TT Games (LEGO Star Wars)
  • Turbine, Inc. (The Lord of the Rings Online)

Could this agreement pave the way for the dark, gritty LEGO Space Marine game we've all been waiting for?