Epic Games opens Korean shop

Seoul-based subsidiary established to provide better support to local Unreal Engine licensees.

If North Carolina-based Epic Games keeps expanding, it won't be long before the Gears of War developer and Unreal Engine maker boasts an "epic" organization in scale as well as in name. In 2007, the company acquired Painkiller studio People Can Fly and followed that up with the acquisition of Undertow developer Chair Entertainment. Even Epic's Chinese operation has been expanding, recently opening up a Seattle, Washington-based arm.

In the grim darkness of the future, all combat armor will feature fluorescent blue nipples.

The growth trend continues, as today the company announced the opening of Epic Games Korea. A wholly owned subsidiary centered in Seoul, the new shop will handle Unreal Engine 3 licensing and support to the Korean development community.

The lack of a local Epic subsidiary hasn't kept Korean companies from signing on to use Epic's Unreal tech in their games. Webzen has been building its long-awaited online shooter Huxley using Unreal Engine 3, while NCsoft adopted the technology for a pair of "top-tier" massively multiplayer online games last year.

The Korean outfit will be headed up by territory manager Ray Park, a former business and strategy development manager for Massive Inc. Beyond helping Microsoft's in-game ad provider establish a foothold in Korea, Park is also a veteran of Sony Computer Entertainment Korea, where he managed the third-party software licensing group. Former Softmax lead engine programmer Jack Porter will also be a core part of the Epic Games Korea team. It will be Porter's second tour of duty with Epic, having previously worked on Unreal Engine and the Unreal series of games for the company.

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Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I'm getting tired of the unreal engine, everything looks the same.

Zerot
Zerot

huxly looked cool at first then after seeing game play movies of it it plays exactly like unreal looks just like a mmo rocket feet spam and we have quake live for that.

QuatrixJ
QuatrixJ

I can't stand that stupid use of the word "shop".

centuryslayer
centuryslayer

@ XCyberForceX: you and me both. and from the E3 video clips it looks like a low budget, bad version of Unreal Tournament. it even has the commentator thing (double kill! headshot! etc) laaaame!

pakhair
pakhair

Cmon man, Give us anything related to Huxley...........

bassman1986
bassman1986

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Pete5506
Pete5506

I like the unreal engine, I'm glad its getting used

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

I think I'm gonna take Huxley off my "Games I'm watching." Its a frakken joke how this game continues to float in limbo forever. I don't give a frak any more. When it comes out, if it comes out, then I'll pay attention. This will be my last statement pertaining to Huxley until its actually released. And waht does this update have to do with Huxley anyway? Later

DEATH775
DEATH775

You don't habe any idea what your talking about. Ong Bak is awesome.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

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Jordan343
Jordan343

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shkar
shkar

Ok we may see an ONG BAK based game on the unreal engine..........LOL just kidding

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

What does this have to do with Huxley??? They should either cancel this game or give us some more recent footage to "chew" on!!!

Wings_008
Wings_008

does that mean that Marcus fenix is actually korean,lol

dgsag
dgsag

funny how Crytek beat them to this like a year ago...

funsohng
funsohng

@kavadias1981 as a korean, i can say they are pretty much the same in terms of the governemnt

k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

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HatchetMan715
HatchetMan715

Well you going to be waiting for a long time for the pc version of Gears 2. Cliff said in an interview that Gears 2 will NEVER come to PC because its to much time and money to put into it and it doesn't payoff in the end, and Epic wants to be more of a console based company now. although he said they would still support there core pc games like Unreal Tournament and such.

tmorri603
tmorri603

I guess they can do this with all that Gears of War money they got. This shows what hit games selling millions can do for your company. We might see more IP's from Epic with all this expanding.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@Revan_911, Get a 360 and you can have your Gears2, and at that Gears3 when that comes out. MS might not let a Gears2 hit the PC Platform. Microsoft really wants people to be buying their console, they make way more money that way and not because of selling the hardware. People who buy 360s buy more 360 games ($$$), buy Xbox Live ($$$), and but DLC ($$$). Peoplewho bought Gears 1 and Halo 1 and 2 for the PC, when those came out, basically only bought those titles. They were not spending money for Windows Live (because thats free now), and people are less likely to buy DLC, since with PC versions of games...people do custom Mods/Maps typically. I think Microsoft learned that lesson from the Orignal Xbox and trhe first Gears and really they are going to want to push you to buy a 360...so then you buy Netflix, and every other thing MS trys to sell ya...but hey they have a good product and what they are selling are worth the value, but more nad more these days, and this is across the entire sphere of the internet, companies are taking away things you got for free and now charging you. They days of things being FREE on the web are more and moree disappearing, and places that are still up and running are becoming more shadey than ever before. In the same note, thats demand for ya, people/companies see that a large audience want what they offer, so after its been free they thin, "Hey, there is a enough demand that I could make some money", in which they do so and their free stuff is then no longer free.

funsohng
funsohng

so... when's huxley coming out?

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Unreal is the best engine I would say. I am pretty good in it and have made a few mods. It is really powerful. If I were a company that is what I would be using.

wiirkokonuts
wiirkokonuts

Please, where is Gears 2 for PC!!!? I'm becoming impatient!(not a surprise, most games on PC always come out much later than their console brethren -.-)

x3qtr
x3qtr

I don't want to hear anything about epic unless its Gears 3.

Revan_911
Revan_911

Epic games can suck it! I'm still waiting for Gears 2 on PC you turds!

Vexx88
Vexx88

Maplestory with Lancers

chappy_man
chappy_man

more unreal engine isnt a bad thing i suppose