Chair Entertainment Seats Epic, Unreal Engine 3

BOOM widget 45579Independent developer Chair Entertainment announced it has licensed Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 for use in its PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC projects, joining EA, Square Enix, Sega, Activision, Gearbox, BioWare, and just about every other developer under the sun.

As revealed earlier this year, the first Chair Entertainment title to utilize Epic's technology will be the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade underwater shooter Undertow. Based on the childhood drawings of Chair Entertainment creative director Donald Mustard, Undertow depicts fast-paced underwater battles and supports up to 16 players online. Along with the inspirational childhood sketches, Chair Entertainment also sent along several new Undertow screenshots.

"We love working with cool independent studios like Chair that are truly focused on delivering value to gamers and creating experiences that break new boundaries in gameplay and creativity," said Epic vice president Mark Rein. "Sure, we love working with the big developers and publishers too, but there's something really satisfying about seeing a young company with great talent doing some awesome stuff with our technology. Undertow is just the first great game you'll see from these guys--prepare to be wowed some more."

The company has yet to formally announce any other projects, but a game inspired by its multi-media franchise Empire is in the works, along with a comic book and feature film. An Empire novel, written by sci-fi author Orson Scott Card, was released in December 2006. Card formerly worked with members of Chair Entertainment before their departure from developer GlyphX, whose Xbox and PC action-adventure title Advent Rising was also penned by the author.