Today, Epic Games has announced that the video game software development company RAD Game Tools is now a part of Epic Games. RAD Game Tools’s products and technology have appeared in close to 25,000 games and are leveraged by the world’s leading gaming companies, including Epic. RAD’s products include Blink, Oodle, Telemetry, Granny, and The Miles Sound System 10. The official press release states: “Together, Epic and RAD plan to integrate RAD’s powerful technology into Unreal Engine to benefit the developer community and gamers alike.”
Talking more about how the acquisition of RAD Game Tools will help Epic Games, Epic said “as graphics in game development and beyond become more photorealistic and powerful, developers need best-in-class compression software that can manage increased data requirements without compromising quality. Members of the RAD team will partner closely with Epic’s rendering, animation, insights, and audio teams, integrating key tech and improvements across Unreal Engine and beyond.” This will allow 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 also said that despite this new acquisition, RAD will continue supporting their game industry, film, and television partners.
“We know first-hand how impressive RAD’s compression technology is, having used to improve the load time and quality of our most popular games – including Fortnite,” Kim Libreri, CTO of Epic Games said. “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.”
Jeff Roberts, Founder and CEO of RAD Game Tools said: “Our work with Epic goes back decades, and joining forces is a natural next step given our alignment on products, mission, and culture. We both believe that solid technologies enable developers to build beautiful, performant, and reliable experiences. We’re excited and humbled to join the amazing Epic team.”