Speaking with OXM, Epic Games’ Vice President Mark Rein expanded upon his and his company’s positioning on Microsoft’s Kinect. Aside from obviously and overwhelming praising the hardware made by their publishing partner, Rein spoke to Epic’s excitement and thrill when it comes to their products on the Kinect itself.
“The very first Kinect app – I shouldn’t call it an app – the very first Kinect game, Kinect Adventures, was on Unreal Engine 3…So I think we have a little bit of history there. Obviously we’ve been a close partner for Microsoft for a long period of time. And Unreal is just a great technology for doing that sort of stuff.”
OXM lists the upcoming games that make use of the Unreal Engine 3: Star Wars Kinect and Fable: The Journey both make the rundown. However, judging by Rein’s next batch of comments, it seems Epic Games is interested in becoming part of the Kinect Games suite in more ways that just engine development. He starts by noting Kinect Fun Labs, another game that uses the Unreal Engine 3.
“Kinect Fun Labs is a great example…Everybody goes: ‘Woah, you can make a shooter with Unreal’. Clearly you can make something that’s not a shooter with Unreal, there’s the best example there. And you can hook it up with all kinds of cool technology of your own and do something impressive…
…So I’d love to say we’re the gold standard and the default but people like to use all kinds of technology to make games…People love Kinect…I’m really happy to see this second generation of Kinect games show up, see that they’re still going strong and that people have lots of cool and amazing ideas for them. So yeah, we’re dying to be a part of that.”
“Dying to be a part of that” could mean any number of things for the studio. Whether that involves building Kinect functionality into their current roster of franchises or developing an all new IP for the hardware remains unclear. One thing is for sure, Epic Games definitely has a fan base massive enough to garner quick support for any Kinect project they take on.