Epic and RealD have leapt into bed together, with RealD's stereoscopic 3D technology now available for use to any participants in Epic's paid licensing program and developers working with the Unreal Development Kit, the free version of the Unreal Engine 3 toolkit.
“Joining Epic’s partner program puts our technology at the fingertips of any studio interested in creating a premium 3D experience for discerning PC and console gamers,” said John Matthews, Product Manager of RealD. “This integration also benefits developers of non-gaming UE3 applications, such as training simulations, architectural visualizations, and our Hollywood studio partners looking to enhance their pre-production pipeline.”
Epic were pretty stoked about the announcement too, with president Mike Capps stating the following: “Bringing RealD to the Unreal Engine makes it even easier to give players the most cutting-edge stereo 3D games possible. We are thrilled to make their tools available to Unreal Engine developers everywhere.”
RealD will allow developers to deliver stereoscopic 3D in PC and console game, incorporating features such as with camera separation, and real-time 3D depth effect, with Seamless Entertainment's SOL: Exodus announced as the first game to incorporate the engine update.
“We first demonstrated ‘SOL: Exodus’ in S3D at SXSW ScreenBurn, and people were blown away,” said Dan Magaha, studio director of Seamless Entertainment. “We had lots of repeat visitors and are excited to make the RealD-enhanced version of ‘SOL’ available to everyone.” [Unreal]