That's '38 Studios' as a name, not 38 separate developers just in case any were confused for a second there.
Having been seduced by Epic's latest Unreal Engine they believe it will lead to greater success with already completed engines in place, taking the pressure and risk off to allow for a better development time delivering an excellence their team "strives for".
“38 Studios is uniquely positioned to deliver an unparalleled Online Entertainment Experience,” said Brett Close, CEO and President, 38 Studios. “Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is best-of-breed, empowering developers with superior content creation tools, extensive middleware integration, and exceptional visual quality and rendering. Epic gets what it takes to make great games, and its Unreal Engine 3 toolset will allow our development team to prototype efficiently and achieve the signature visual quality and excellence we are striving for.”
“38 Studios really wanted to push the envelope with their client-side technology,” said Jay Wilbur, Vice President, Epic Games. “Unreal Engine 3 will enable them to quickly iterate and define their look using high-end graphics and toolsets, integrated middleware, and collaborate with an entire community of developers. 38 Studios is comprised of some of the industry’s top technological and creative minds, and we look forward to seeing what they do with our engine.”
The secretive MMO title is apparently going to include some fantasy elements but there's very little word on anything else. It carries an expected release of 2010 so it’s doubtful any big revelations will be coming along anytime soon.
Led with the artistic vision of Todd McFarlane and the enthralling storytelling of R. A. Salvatore, 38 Studios is developing an original IP made up of fantastical elements, settings, characters, creatures, rules, and experiences.
At least with the announcement of licensing the Unreal Engine we can get a slight inkling of what this MMO could offer, UE is known for its stunning visual capability.
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