Saturday, 7 April 2012

Unreal Turn of Events

Two pieces of good news in two days? Somebody call Chicken Little, find out if the sky is falling.
A very special event in the gaming community is running right now, PAX East: the Penny Arcade Expo. Even if you're not a fan of the webcomic, the show is still worth keeping up with because of the developers it attracts. Plus, you know, something has to pass the time until E3.
One specific developer, Epic Games, recently had a panel in which they announced that they're currently working on a PC exclusive title (after a bit of teasing).
"We might be working on a PC-only title" said Epic Games President Mike Capps. He was quickly followed by Epic's Creative Lead Director Cliff Blezinski with "Let me say that again: we are working on a PC only title". My, my; I think Cliff is excited as us about this. 
The most popular speculation is that this could be next installment in the long running Unreal Tournament series,  an arena shooter that was always a PC gaming favourite. However, the last UT game, Unreal Tournament 3, was released on Xbox 360 alongside PC. Epic has strong ties with Microsoft, hence their Gears of War series being an Xbox exclusive, so could it be they've brought the UT series back to PC? There's a few good reasons why they'd make this decision, the first being the PC's power.

Man, that searing flesh is gonna look so real I'll be able to smell it.

With Epic's Unreal Engine 4 not too far in the future, it would make sense for the flagship game of the engine to come out alongside it. Placing it on PC will allow the new Unreal Engine to be pushed to it's very limits. The best part of this is that the UT4 being the first to show of UE4 will give it an edge to other shooters, maybe even spawning a few copy-cats and the come-back of arena shooting! Or so I tell myself as I gently sob, clutching on to old copies of UT2004 and Quake.

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