Looks like January is continuing on with another big acquisition for gaming companies. Epic Games has recently announced that they have acquired the video game software development company RAD Game Tools.
While many may not have heard of the company, RAD Game Tools proudly states on their website that ‘at least one of our products is built into almost every video game made today. To date, we’ve appeared in more than 24,600 games!’
Their more popular software Bink Video , Oodle and Telemetry are industry staples which have been used since the company’s inception in 1988 and used by almost every major game studio under the sun.
We know first-hand how impressive RAD’s compression technology is, having used it to improve the load time and quality of our most popular games – including Fortnite. The RAD team includes some of the world’s leading compression, video and game dev tooling experts, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Epic family.Credit: Kim Libreri, CTO of Epic Games
Epic Games further states that they hope this new partnership between the two companies will mean utilising RAD Sofware’s expertise to create more improvements for Epic’s Unreal Engine and ‘will allow even more developers access to tools that make their games load and download faster, and offer their players a better, higher quality video and gaming experience.‘ Epic has also previously utilised RAD’s Oodle data compression software to improve loading times on their highly successful game Fortnite.
RAD Software also wanted to emphasise to users that while this means a new chapter for their company, they state:
RAD will continue supporting their game industry, film, and television partners, with their sales and business development team maintaining and selling licenses for their products to companies across industries – including those that do not utilize Unreal Engine.Credit: Epic Games/RAD Software
So while this new acquisition might not impact gamers directly at the current moment, it will likely have a lasting impact on future games development and anything using the Ureal Engine, including smaller indie titles. Here’s to hoping the new partnership between the two companies will produce even better tools for developers in the future!