NCsoft will be using Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 in their upcoming games.

From the press release:

    Epic Games, Inc. and NCsoft announce a major, long-term licensing agreement to bring the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 to NCsoft’s future titles. Orchestrated by Epic Games Korea, this engine licensing deal is the largest that Epic has ever signed in Asia.

    As one of the world’s most successful game developers, NCsoft is responsible for legendary multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as “Lineage,” one of the industry’s most enduring sagas, its sequel, “Lineage II,” and the critically acclaimed “Aion.”

    Through this new partnership, NCsoft will use the latest Unreal Engine 3 technology to develop its upcoming games, including the highly anticipated “Blade&Soul,” and further establish itself as a global leader in online game development and services. NCsoft previously licensed Unreal Engine 2 in 2001 for the prominent MMORPG “Lineage II.”

    “It has been possible for us to harness all our energy and put it toward the creativity of the games themselves by developing ‘Lineage II’ and ‘Blade and Soul’ with Unreal Engine,” said Hyungjun Kim, vice president of NCsoft. “I believe we can pull the most out of the engine through the know-how that has accumulated through our experience with this superior game engine.”

    “Equipping the brilliant creative minds at NCsoft with cutting-edge tools and features will bring even more visually stunning, high-quality entertainment to millions of players,” said Ray Park, territory manager of Epic Games Korea. “Already having worked more than a decade with NCsoft, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with them for many more years to come.”

    Established in 2009, Epic Games Korea is a wholly owned and operated business unit based in Seoul. The subsidiary drives Unreal Engine licensing, creates technology and provides support to development teams using the Unreal Engine in the Korean marketplace.