Army, FBI training about to get Epic

The FBI and Army will use gaming for more than just a fun pastime, after striking a new deal with Epic Games, Information Week reports.

Epic has licensed its Unreal Engine 3, which powers such multiplayer games as "Gears of War" and "Mass Effect," to several of the U.S. government's intelligence and defense agencies. The agencies will use UE3 for training that simulates real-world scenarios.

According to Information Week, the FBI is using UE3 to create a multiplayer game simulating actual crime scenes that it will use to train recruits. And the Army will use the engine to develop two new medical applications.

"We recognize the growing market needs of our government customers and are excited to have Virtual Heroes provide a full spectrum of focused services and support using our game engine technology," Epic Games President Michael Capps said in a press release.

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