In an interview with gaming news-site Shacknews the CEO of Jazz Jackrabbit’s producer Epic Games, Mark Rein, revealed that Epic has been thinking about bringing their old franchises (Jazz Jackrabbit, Jill of the Jungle) to next-generation consoles using the Unreal 3 Engine (which, might I add, looks totally awesome). Especially this excerpt (which is also the only one mentioning Jazz Jackrabbit) is interesting:
It wouldn’t be possible to bring Jazz, the old original Jazz code which was a lot of assembly code, to Xbox Live Arcade but that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t bring the characters and ideas and stick them into Unreal Engine 3. We do have a few Unreal Engine 3 casual game projects under way. Not us, personally, but licensees. We’re excited about that, and Sony’s service that they talked about, so I think you will see a lot of cool stuff brought to Xbox Live Arcade using Unreal Engine 3. It’s certainly a lot more efficient than what people were using before. Whether any of that is old content or not, I don’t know. I want to see a new Jill of the Jungle game in UE3. I mean, it’s our IP, so who knows.
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Eat your lima beans, Johnny.