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Established: 1991

Established in 1991 in Raleigh, NC, USA, Epic Games is a developer currently most notable as a creator of Fortnite and the Unreal game engine. In its early years, however, the company established itself with shareware games including Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball.

However its place in gaming history, and as a producer of premium quality shooters, was established with the 1998 release of Unreal and Unreal Tournament - the million selling shooters that gave name to Unreal Engine, used today by developers worldwide.

More recent highlights are Gears of War, Shadow Complex and the Infinity Blade series of games and, of course, Fortnite. The company is now headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

You can read more about Epic's games via the "Related Games" section.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Epic Games's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1994 title, "Jazz Jackrabbit" (PC).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Power Mac, Xbox and Dreamcast. Of these, "Gears of War" (Xbox 360), "Gears of War 2" (Xbox 360), "Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict" (Xbox), "Unreal Tournament 3" (PS3), "Gears of War 3" (Xbox 360) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2018 release "Fortnite" (Switch).

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30 Apr 2013

Epic Games Unleashes Explosive Cinematic Trailer to Mark the Blockbuster Launch of “Gears of War: Judgment”

Ready your Lancers and prepare to jump back into the fight, Gears Nation!

07 Mar 2013

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 Available for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation®4

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07 Mar 2013

NCSOFT Licenses Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4

Premier MMO developer and publisher to build on legacy of Unreal Engine success and harness the power of Unreal Engine 4 breakthrough technology for new blockbuster games

14 Feb 2013

IPKeys Technologies Teams With the Unreal Government Network to Elevate Military Simulations Above the Competition

Access to Epic Games’ award-winning Unreal Engine technology brings extremely realistic, high-fidelity environments to Warfighter training

06 Dec 2012

Square Enix Signs Long-Term Unreal Engine Licensing Agreement

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23 Oct 2012

It’s Everyone for Themselves with “Gears of War: Judgment’s” Free-For-All

New multiplayer experience throws team tactics out the window as each player battles for survival and kills versus all other players

28 Aug 2012

Tencent Makes Strategic Investment in Epic Games

A leading provider of Internet and mobile and telecommunications value-added services in China, announces today it has agreed to acquire a minority stake in US-based Epic Games

19 Jun 2012

Diablo® III Now Live

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14 May 2012

Commando Kiwi Takes Top Honors in Make Something Unreal Live with ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters’

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16 Apr 2012

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29 Mar 2012

Epic Games and Applied Research Associates’ Virtual Heroes Division Launch Unreal Government Network

New channel for government and civilian use of leading game technology offers successful foundation, draws high-profile customers

27 Mar 2012

Epic Games Unveils Infinity Blade: Dungeons

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08 Mar 2012

Epic Games and NCsoft® Sign Largest Unreal Engine 3 Licensing Deal in Asia to Date

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08 Mar 2012

Reverb Publishing Licenses Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for Worldwide Site License Agreement

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06 Mar 2012

BBC Worldwide and Supermassive Games Bring ‘Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock’ to Life with UE3

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22 Feb 2012

Make Something Unreal Live Sharpens Its Sword with ‘Fighting Fantasy’ IP

New iOS games based on cherished adventure book lore are whetted by senior industry mentors and will debut at Gadget Show Live 2012

09 Feb 2012

Gazillion Supercharges ‘Marvel Heroes’ with Unreal Engine 3

Developer leverages best-in-class game engine technology to create new Super Hero experience

17 Jan 2012

“Gears of War 3” “Fenix Rising” Map Pack Featuring New Experience System Launches Today

Highest-rated shooter of 2011[1] amps up the action on Xbox LIVE with new maps, characters and an experience system that lets players “Re-up” through level 100

17 Jan 2012

Gears of War 3 Versus Booster Map Pack Available for Free on 24th November

Presented by Paramount’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

24 Nov 2011

Square Enix Licenses Unreal Engine 3 For Multiple Games

Epic Games, Inc. today announced an agreement with Square Enix Co., Ltd. granting Square Enix a license to develop multiple games with Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine 3 technology

17 Nov 2011

“Gears of War 3” Gives Thanks with the Free “Versus Booster Map Pack” on 24th November

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02 Nov 2011

Nexon Mobile Licenses Unreal Engine 3 for its New iOS title, ‘Combat Arms: Zombies’

The 3-D First-Person Shooter to Be Revealed at G-Star 2011 Prior to November Launch

24 Oct 2011

“RAAM’s Shadow” for “Gears of War 3” Adds Hours of New Campaign Mayhem on 13th December

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20 Oct 2011

GDC Europe 2011 to Feature Roster of International Game Industry Stalwarts

The 2011 Game Developers Conference Europ will bring together several videogame industry luminaries to share their experience, insight and inspiration, and provide European developers with their visions for the future evolution of game development.

14 Jul 2011

Epic Games Announces Program Schedules For ‘epic Developer Day’ and ‘unreal University’ in Europe

Standing room only events offer best-in-class instruction to developers free of charge

08 Jul 2011

Free To Play Games Have Arrived On Steam

Five F2P Launch Titles Offering Exclusive Content to Celebrate Launch

15 Jun 2011

Epic Games Releases January 2010 Unreal Development Kit Beta

An updated version of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), free edition of Unreal Engine 3

19 Jan 2010

Microsoft Announces “Gears of War 2” Ships This November

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21 Feb 2008

Illuminate Labs Joins Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 Integrated Partners Program

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18 Dec 2007

Gears of War (PC) Fact Sheet

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04 Oct 2007

Midway acquires worldwide rights from Epic Games to publish three titles based on 'Unreal' franchise

Rights acquisition marks Midway's entrance into the premium PC games market.

28 Jul 2004

Unreal Tournament 2004 goes gold

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08 Mar 2004

Atari and Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 2004 demo becomes one of the most popular game downloads of all time

Posts more than 1.5 million downloads worldwide in first week - surpasses groundbreaking download rate of Unreal Tournament 2003.

23 Feb 2004

Atari announces Unreal II: The Awakening – Special Edition for PC

Package includes original single player game and revolutionary Expanded Multiplayer (XMP) Mode - XMP to be made available for current owners.

05 Dec 2003

Atari bringing Epic Games' Unreal II: The Awakening to Xbox for Christmas 2003

Console version of PC hit includes Xbox enhancements, multiplayer game modes including single player cooperative play and online competition.

16 Jul 2003

Atari announces Unreal Tournament 2004

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15 May 2003

Unreal Tournament 2003 reigns as #1 selling PC product for two weeks, excluding expansion packs

Follow-up to 1999 Game of the Year boasts new game modes, industry leading graphics.

28 Nov 2002

3D Games get Physical as Karma and Unreal Combine

Agreement results in complete professional game development solution for physics-based behaviour in realistic 3D environments.

26 Oct 2001

Infogrames Explodes Onto Playstation 2 Early with The Award Winning Unreal Tournament

Wildly popular first-person action game makes console debut at the launch of the season's hottest new system.

20 Oct 2000

Infogrames Explodes Onto Seganet with The Award Winning Unreal Tournament For Sega Dreamcast

Highly anticipated online console gaming to take off with the definitive multiplayer action game this Fall.

28 Sep 2000

Unreal Tournament: Game Of The Year Edition

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10 Aug 2000

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