Posted in NewsMarch 26, 2013
First Next-Generation Mech Game To Be Powered by Unreal Engine 4
Stompy Bot Hits $100,000 Crowdfunding Milestone; plans Kickstarter
SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK — March 26, 2013– Stompy Bot Productions, Inc. and Mektek Studios are using Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) to create the first true next-generation mecha PC game with Heavy Gear Assault.
At its core, Heavy Gear Assault is a fast paced first person simulator where the player controls war machines called Gears via their in-game pilot characters. Through the use of Unreal Engine 4 the game will feature high-end visuals that scale well for low- to high-end PCs. Unreal Engine 4 is capable of near photo realism, destructible environments and flexible high-level network architecture for multiplayer gaming.
The second Heavy Gear Assault trailer from Stompy, features a commercial from the fictitious arms contractor Paxton Arms. The trailer was done entirely with UE4 and features actual in-game footage.
“We are privileged to be amongst the first titles to use Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4,” Vince McMullin, President, MekTek Studios said. “We will be able to bring all the gritty realities of sporting combat in the Heavy Gear Universe to life with never before imagined high-end visuals. Heavy Gear Assault will truly be the first next-generation mecha game”.
Stompy and Mektek selected UE4 because of the ease of content creation and programming the engine enables.
“We’re pleased to provide the world-class tools that are being used to breathe new life into the Heavy Gear game universe,” said Joe Kreiner, Epic’s head of North American licensing. “Unreal Engine 4 is the ideal technical foundation to use for making PC games, particularly with its rendering capabilities and speed of development.”
Stompy Bot also hit its $100,000 milestone of their $900,000 crowdfunding campaign goal. To ensure mecha fans will see the revolutionary new title, Stompy Bot Productions is planning a Kickstarter campaign that will run concurrently alongside their on-going crowdfunding efforts on the Heavy Gear website. The date of the Kickstarter launch is yet to be determined. For more information on the campaign visit (www.heavygear.com).
“With a rebirth of interest in mecha games, we feel the time is right for a new Heavy Gear game,” James Taylor, President, Stompy Bot Productions said. “We’re all gamers and fans of giant robots at Stompy Bot and are dedicated to bringing a revolutionary game to the community. With our crowdfunding campaign, we are appealing directly to the community and are soliciting their participation in the birth of a new era.”
About Unreal Engine
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics technology, world-class toolset and scalability across PC, console and mobile platforms. Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, UE3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including eight Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also owns a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), winner of multiple Best of E3 2012 awards, offers unprecedented graphical capabilities and workflow improvements that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For more information, visit www.unrealengine.com and follow @UnrealEngine.
About Stompy Bot Productions, Inc.
Stompy Bot Productions is a Saint John-based Canadian digital producer-publisher, specializing in publishing, marketing, and distribution of digital games and online media.
About MekTek Studios, Inc.
MekTek Studios is a Saint John-based Canadian video game developer, best known for its work on Mechwarrior 4.