has announced that it is licensing Epic's
Unreal 3 game engine to power the upcoming Marvel Heroes
The game, informally known as Marvel Universe Online
, allows players to step into the shoes of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-man (among others). Gazillion says the third-party toolset will enable its developers to focus on delivering a high-quality game experience. "We [...] love the flexibility we get from the actor components, which have empowered us to make all kinds of customizations without sacrificing the built-in features of the engine," says Jeff Lind
, head of Gazillion's Secret Identity Studios
Gazillion hasn't mentioned a timeframe for the game's release (heck, there's no official website yet, either), but we'll keep you informed as we hear more.
[Source: Gazillion press release]