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Epic Games is a game developer and publisher, best known for Unreal, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and Fortnite, as well as its most widespread technology, the Unreal Engine.

They started in 1991 as Potomac Computer Systems, and their first game ever, ZZT, was developed using Turbo Pascal. The studio would later be recognized as Epic Megagames, and shortly before the launch of the first Unreal Tournament, the company would rename itself as simply Epic Games.

The company currently maintains two of it's own freely downloadable Game Engines; Unreal Engine 4 and 5, with UDK (Unreal Development Kit, or Unreal Engine 3 as it was commonly called) having deprecated support. Unreal Engine 4 was praised for its cross-platform capabilities, the gorgeous visuals it could render, as well as being very easy to work with with it's "blueprints" system, making game logic easier for developers to work with, rivalling that of Unity when it came to making development easier for developers of all stripes. It has subsequently been used as the basis for a lot of PC games ever since its release in 2014, with Unreal Tournament 4, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, as well as the Destroy All Humans remake being some of the more prominent examples. It is also used in animation too; Zafari for example, uses the engine to create its show to great effect.

In late 2018, Epic announced that in addition to their existing repertoire of game development, publishing and technology, they would also be expanding into the realm of game distribution with the launch of the Epic Games Store, a Digital Distribution platform that competes with Valve's Steam service, EA's Origin, and CD Projekt's GOG DRM Free store.

The pre-Unreal years:

Unreal series:

Unreal Engine games which Epic Shanghai (上海英佩) took part in but released by other publishers:

  • [2010] Global Mission TPS - ZY Games
  • [2011] Glourious Mission, aka Passion Leading Army - Giant Interactive
  • [2011] Homefront - THQ
  • [2012] Spec Ops: The Line - 2K Games

Gears of War series:

  • [2006] Gears Of War
  • [2008] Gears Of War II
  • [2011] Gears Of War III
  • [2013] Gears of War Judgment (developed by People Can Fly)

Other new millennium games:

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Alternative Title(s): Epic Megagames