CARY – Epic Games is acquiring Cloudgine, a Scotland-based game and cloud technology studio, as part of its effort to improve gaming technology within cloud computing. Dave Jones, the creator of Grand Theft Auto, is president of Cloudgine
Cloudgine is best known as developer of the game “They Came From Space.”
VentureBeat notes that the title is a “proof of concept” game for the PC, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Gamesindustrybiz points out that Coudine “has been focused on cloud tech since its founding in 2012. It lent its expertise to Microsoft for Crackdown 3, and created the free Toy Box demo experience for Oculus Rift.”
Adds VentureBeat: “Cloudgine’s tech uses cloud servers to enable console, PC, and virtual reality games to render content and interactive objects without worrying about the platform.”
Epic said it plans to operate Cloudgine as a wholly own subsidiary. The firm has been a licensed use of Epic’s widely used cutting edge game development engine Unreal 4.
“Since its inception, Cloudgine’s research and development has been based on Epic’s Unreal Engine 4,” Epic’s Dana Cowley said in announcing the deal. “Cloudgine’s cloud computing and online technologies will enhance the UE4 feature set to help developers push the creative and technical limits of games, film, animation and visualization through advances in physics simulation and networking.”