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Neowiz Announces First Unreal Engine 3 Title with Bless

Posted Tue, Oct 18, 2011 by Martuk

South Korean online game developer Neowiz has announced a new partnership with Epic Games Korea to utilize the Unreal Engine 3 for their upcoming MMORPG, Bless. This marks the company’s first title using the Unreal Engine 3 and the largest licensing deal to date for Epic Games Korea.

Bless is an MMORPG that began production in 2009 and has a team of 150 developers. The game is influenced by medieval fantasy themes and has 10 different races, each with extensive history and territory. The races are divided by two warring realms - Hierapolis and Cosmopolis that are at war in the name of religion and philosophy.


NEOWIZ GAMES Announces Unreal Engine 3-Powered MMORPG ‘BLESS’

Leading Korean Online Game Developer and Publisher Announces First Title in Epic Games Korea’s Biggest Licensing Deal to Date

SEOUL and CARY, N.C., October 18, 2011 Leading Korean game developer and publisher NEOWIZ GAMES today announced “BLESS” (working title), the company’s first Unreal Engine 3-powered title in Epic Games Korea’s largest licensing deal to date.

NEOWIZ GAMES, the game company that has brought to market a range of record-breaking blockbuster online games, including “FIFA Online 2,” “Special Force,” “Slugger,” “CrossFire” and “A.V.A.,” has built a strong reputation in Korea as a pioneer in the first-person shooter (FPS) and sports genres. NEOWIZ GAMES is now building on its leadership position by developing new games using Unreal Engine 3.

“BLESS,” which entered development in 2009, is a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) being created by more than 150 developers with extensive experience in producing top-class games in the genre. Influenced by medieval fantasy themes, the vast universe of “BLESS” houses 10 different races, each with its own extensive history and territory. These races are divided into two opposing realms – Hierapolis and Cosmopolis – that enter into a fierce war in the name of religion and philosophy.

Utilizing game mechanisms that appeal to diverse play styles, lifelike majestic environments, detailed animations that capture each facial expression and even the miniscule movement of a finger, along with a tremendous amount of player freedom, “BLESS” aims to surpass not just the limits of current MMORPGs, but games as a whole.

“When creating a large-scale MMORPG, the most important foundation is having an expandable and robust game engine as the production tool,” said Jacob Han, chief producer of “BLESS.” “I believe Unreal Engine 3’s spectacular graphics rendering capabilities, among many other elements, make it the best option. And, with the Unreal Landscape tool developed by Epic Games Korea, it allows us to create extremely detailed yet full-scale worlds while utilizing less system memory than ever before.”

“It is great to announce one of our most important licensing deals in Korea, and we’re excited to see NEOWIZ GAMES’ first MMORPG using Unreal Engine 3,” said Ray Park, territory manager of Epic Games Korea. “NEOWIZ GAMES’ extensive knowledge of online games and the technological competitiveness of Unreal Engine 3 should prove a winning combination for Korean gamers.”

Established in 2009, Epic Games Korea is a wholly owned and operated business unit based in Seoul, Korea. The subsidiary drives Unreal Engine licensing and provides support resources to development teams using the Unreal Engine in the Korean marketplace. To learn more about Epic Games Korea, please visit www.epicgameskorea.com.

About Unreal Engine 3
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed tools and scalability across multiple platforms. Unreal Engine 3’s highly mature toolset and content pipeline consistently evolve along with its advanced mobile features, multi-core processor support, optimizations for numerous platforms and massive world support. Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for computer and video games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and four Develop Industry Excellence Awards. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained at www.unrealengine.com.

About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. The first two games in Epic’s "Gears of War" franchise have sold more than 13 million copies and won more than 50 game of the year awards. The third installment, “Gears of War 3,” sold more than 3 million copies within its first week of release, catapulting the franchise beyond $1 billion in lifetime sales. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 industry technology awards and powers many bestselling games. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at www.epicgames.com.

About NEOWIZ GAMES Corporation
NEOWIZ GAMES CORPORATION (C.E.O. Yoon, Sang-Kyu) launched its online gaming service www.pmang.com in 2007 representing as the gaming division affiliate for NEOWIZ Corporation. NEOWIZ GAMES provides a variety of game genre such as FPS, Sports, Racing, RPG and it is considered as a top tier online gaming company in Korea. NEOWIZ GAMES’ as an advance guard has entered major game markets in China, Japan, North America and Europe. Since its current major games are FIFA ONLINE2, SLUGGER, A.V.A, and Cross Fire, were getting popular in those area. To be a global game company, NEOWIZ GAMES is working hard by developing potential customer-based from Asia to North America and Europe.

Epic, Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 3, Unreal, Unreal Development Kit, UDK, Unreal Engine, UE3, and Unreal Tournament are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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South Korean game developer Neowiz Games has announced a licensing deal with Epic Games Korea to utilize Unreal Engine 3 to power new MMORPG, Bless.

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Tue, Oct 18, 2011
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