BY Mark Rein
Epic Games, Inc.
FROM MOBILE TO
ENGINE 3 POWERS
Over the past year, Unreal Engine 3 has continued
to power some of the best titles in the industry
and produce success stories for the developers
behind them across a wide range of genres and
sizes. In addition, we’ve released Unreal Engine
3 for mobile, showing it onstage at the Apple
Special Event in September with an introduction
by Steve Jobs himself. Steve called it “remarkable,”
and one journalist’s reaction was “everything’s just
changed,” which I think sums it up pretty well.
With more than 1. 5 million downloads in the
i Tunes App Store, the reaction to our Epic Citadel
demo shows that people are enthralled by
the kind of experiences that UE3 will soon be
powering on mobile platforms.
Our recent release of Unreal Development
Kit with iOS support opens up free access to
our toolset to anyone looking to create iOS
games, and ChAIR’s recently launched Infinity
Blade is just one more example of what can be
achieved with UE3 on handheld devices.
But mobile isn’t the whole story.
We’re powering motion gaming. Microsoft’s
Kinect is already enjoying wide acclaim and early
success. Kinect Adventures, the game that comes
with every Kinect sensor, is powered by UE3.
We’re on PlayStation Move as well. In their E3
keynote, Sony revealed Sorcery, a stunning
first-party Move title coming in the New Year.
Additional ground-breaking motion titles are in
development using UE3 as I write this.
This year, we also added Scaleform GFx, the
world’s leading user interface technology, and
the full package comes free with UE3. Scaleform
has an awesome UE3-based in-the-world 3D
interface demo you’ve got to see for yourself.
Speaking of 3D, at various tradeshows we have
been showing stereoscopic 3D on PC, Xbox 360
and PS3, and even auto-stereoscopic 3D on a
prototype Android mobile device powered by
NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 hardware. Batman: Arkham
Asylum™ Game of the Year Edition shipped in
stereoscopic 3D on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with
support from Darkworks’ TriOviz technology,
which has now joined our Integrated Partners
Program. Look for several big 3D titles powered
by UE3, including Disney’s TRON: Evolution
and the next Mortal Kombat title, both of
which had great 3D showings at E3.
There’s so much more to talk about, but the
bottom line is that regardless of your genre
or budget, if you’re looking for the best game
engine technology on PC, console and mobile
platforms, then we should talk. Our door
is always open.
Epic Games, Inc.
Rein is vice president and
co-founder of Epic Games
based in Cary, North
Epic’s Unreal Engine 3
has won Game Developer
magazine’s Best Engine
Front Line Award four
times along with entry into the Hall of Fame.
UE3 has won three consecutive Develop Industry
Epic is the creator of mega-hit “Unreal” series
of games and the blockbuster “Gears of War”
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