Epic Games announced that Scaleform GFx will be bundled free of any additional charges with all current and future versions of Unreal Engine 3. In addition, Epic Games will use Scaleform’s technology to speed the design of innovative UIs for its own highly anticipated titles, including Gears of War 3.
Scaleform GFx has long been integrated with the award-winning Unreal Engine, although both middleware technologies were previously sold separately. The new partnership between Epic Games and Scaleform will ensure that all versions of Unreal Engine 3 will include Scaleform GFx and its many groundbreaking features without any additional work or licensing fees. The partnership will also ensure that fans of Epic Games’ titles will experience the latest in immersive UI design, including Scaleform’s new 3Di rendering and stereoscopic 3D interfaces, high performance heads-up displays (HUDs) and richly animated menus.
“Making Unreal Engine 3 a complete out-of-the-box solution for all developers is one of our core goals,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “It quickly became evident that Scaleform GFx is far and away the best UI solution in the market and will remain without equal for years to come. Providing GFx as a fully integrated and standard component of the Unreal Engine is another example of how Epic continues to invest and improve our technology for all of our licensees.”
Scaleform GFx will continue to be available as a standalone UI solution that supports other middleware technologies on the market.