Epic now includes EA in its growing list of Unreal 3 licensees – and reports today say the engine will be powering at least one of the publisher's much-vaunted new IP projects.

Epic deal to fill EA’s ‘Dead Space’?

The deal between Epic Games and Electronic Arts was announced late last week, with the publisher saying that the Unreal Engine 3 will power a number of new titles, although it didn’t specify which ones.

But a report filed today on CNNMoney.com quotes analyst P.J. McNealy with saying the tech will find its way into a new – currently unannounced and therefore unconfirmed – game called Dead Space, while the recently-delayed episode in the tentpole Medal of Honor series will be switched to the engine as well.

EA has recently started an active drive into encouraging in-house teams to devise new ideas to go alongside its well-known franchises. Teams in the UK specifically are working on new, wholly-owned properties (as revealed in the June issue of Develop).

The deal sees EA fill a space in its tech portfolio, and Unreal Engine 3 is one of many tools the company employs. Paul Lee, president of EA studios said of the deal: "At EA, we give our development teams the tools they need to make great games. We license cutting edge tools like the Unreal Engine 3 and combine them with our own systems to create state-of-the-art development technology."

Regardless, the deal was no doubt well-received at Epic, which is finding itself in much favour amongst engine-hungry development teams as next-gen productions ramp up. The first game to demonstrate its Unreal Engine will be Epic’s in-house production, November’s 360 release Gears of War.

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