- Used for computer games: BioShock
- Developer: Epic Games
- Engine Family: Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) is a computer game engine developed by Epic Games. It is the third generation of Unreal Engine, designed for DirectX 9/10/11 personal computers (PC), the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Android, and OpenGL-based operating systems (OS) such as iOS and Mac OS X. Its renderer supports many advanced techniques including high dynamic range rendering (HDRR), per-pixel lighting, and dynamic shadows, and builds upon the tools available in prior versions of the engine.
Epic has used this version of the engine for their in-house games Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, Mortal Kombat IX, and an improved version for Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3. Due to aggressive licensing, this current iteration has gathered a great deal of support from several big licensees, including 2K Games, 3D Realms, Activision, Atari, Capcom, Disney, Electronic Arts, Koei, Konami, Microsoft for Kinect, Midway Games, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, THQ, Ubisoft, and more.
The first screenshots of the Unreal Engine 3 were first presented in 2004, at which point the engine was in development for 18 months already. Unlike the Unreal Engine 2, which still supported