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EA Signs Publishing Deal with Grasshopper, Epic Games

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332w ago - Electronic Arts today announced that it has a signed a publishing agreement to distribute titles from leading developers Epic Games and Grasshopper Manufacture.

Under the agreement, EA will publish an all-new action game in development at Epic's Poland-based People Can Fly studio, responsible for the Gears of War PC port and the Painkiller first-person shooter franchise. The title will be released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

"Epic is excited to work with EA Partners to launch our next big IP on the global stage," said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. "EA Partners gives independent developers like Epic the muscle of a global publisher like EA, along with the focus and flexibility of a smaller team committed to working with our individual needs."

On the Grasshopper side of the spectrum, EA inked a deal to publish an all-new "action horror game" produced by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and directed by Suda51 of No More Heroes fame. The title is slated for a multi-platform release on Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Release dates for either titles went unmentioned. At any rate, this news is both fantastic and surprising at the same time.
 

Mark Rein praises PS3 version of UT3

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373w ago - In a recent forum post by Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games, he states that the PS3 version of Unreal Tournament 3 is running top notch and that PlayStation 3 owners will be in for a treat.

"I was playing the PS3 build for a few hours tonight and it is really, really fantastic. Amazingly smooth and solid. I think you PS3 users are in for a huge treat with UT3," said Mark Rein.

One of the best features about the PS3 version is the ability to download user maps created via the PlayStation Network. However without the PC version, players will not have access to a level editor, and must wait for PC users to upload their maps.

In addition, Epic Games has confirmed that the PS3 version will support both a keyboard and mouse and the SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 controller.
 
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