EPIC lands partnership with the government for simulation games
It's not too often we get to write about the gaming industry and the U.S. government walking hand in hand. Normally one would expect to hear another congressman slamming games for making kids violent, but today's news takes a different form. In fact, one of the industry's top developers, EPIC Games (creators of the Gears of War series and Bulletstorm), have landed a deal with the U.S. government to begin producing simulation/training titles for various uses.
EPIC announced that they inked the multi-year partnership through Virtual Heroes' establishment of the Unreal Government Network (UGN). The deal spans across several platforms: iOS, Android, Wii U, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, and more. For those unaware, UGN trains special force squads and other teams through simulation solutions (aka games), and will use EPIC's Unreal Engine 3 through this deal. Thus far, Heroes has planned to use the partnership for "NASA's Moonbase Alpha, medical sim HumanSim, an FBI crime scene trainer, and more."
"We recognize the growing market needs of our government customers," said Dr. Michael Capps, EPIC Games' president, "and are excited to have Virtual Heroes provide a full spectrum of focused services and support using our game engine technology.”