Epic Games to make government training games


Epic Games is teaming up with Applied Research Associates to make games for the government
March 28, 2012

Of all the companies you’d expect to announce a big government partnership, a major video game studio is probably not at the top of your list. Nevertheless, Epic Games announced Tuesday that it has entered into a “long-term, multi-platform” deal with a division of Applied Research Associates to license the Unreal game engine for government use.

The Unreal Government Network will create programs such as a multiplayer crime scene training simulation for the FBI, medical simulations for Army physicians and custom models for “a top five defense contractor and national laboratory.”

The group will aim to make “serious games” for the government to use as teaching and training tools.

“We recognize the growing market needs of our government customers and are excited to have Virtual Heroes provide a full spectrum of focused services and support using our game engine technology,” Michael Capps, the president of Epic Games, said in a statement.

The games will work on multiple platforms, including mobile, handheld and console gaming, as well as PC gaming.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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