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The Unreal Engine is a widely-used game engine developed by Epic Games.
First illustrated in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal, this game engine has been the basis of many games ever since. Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully utilized in a variety of genres, including 3rd-person stealth, fighting games, platformers and MMORPG.
Its core is written in C++, giving the engine a high degree of portability, supporting a multitude of platforms including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Mac OS X on personal computers and many video game consoles including the Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Wii. A great deal of the gameplay code is written in UnrealScript, a proprietary scripting language, and as such large parts of the gameplay can be modified without delving deep into the engine internals. Additionally, as with other middleware packages, the Unreal Engine also provides various tools to assist with content creation, both for designers and artists.
See also Edit
- Game engine on Wikipedia
- Unreal, the original game
- UnrealScript, the scripting language used in Unreal Engine
- Unreal Editor, the Unreal level editor
- Gamebryo, a competing engine
- Torque, a competing engine