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Epic Claims “Unreal Is the Engine of Success” — Are They Right?

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During this year’s Game Developers Conference, Epic Games made a bold claim about their baby, the Unreal Engine. Vice President Mark Rein stated, “Unreal is the engine of success…people who choose to use other technology for the price don’t know what they’re doing.” Strong words, Mr. Rein. Strong words indeed.

Let’s play Epic Games’ advocate and take a look at some successful titles that run on the Unreal engine:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Borderlands
  • Gears of War Series
  • Mass Effect Series
  • Mirror’s Edge

That’s just a very small portion of the games running with Epic’s prized engine. One could argue that these games’ success came from the engine, but still others would disagree. For example, let’s take a look at some other successes that run on the Havok engine:

  • Assassin’s Creed Series
  • Dark Souls
  • Fallout 3/New Vegas
  • Half-Life 2
  • Portal 2

How about Star Wars: The Old Republic? That runs on HeroEngine. CatherineEpic MickeyRift? These three run on Gamebryo. And do I really need to go into everything Valve’s Source engine can do?

While Mr. Rein is fine in claiming that the Unreal engine is successful, I disagree with the implied “better than you” attitude. Sure, great games come from great engines, but Epic Games isn’t the only company with a good product.

What about you? Do you agree with Mr. Rein’s statement? What engines do you prefer? This is why we have comments!