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Unreal Engine 3 gains iPhone, iPod support

updated 01:45 pm EST, Tue December 22, 2009

Should allow more advanced iPhone games

Unreal Engine 3 has been converted to run on iPhones and iPod touches, a recent demonstration reveals. Created by Epic, the technology is used in a number of PC and console games as the basis for rendering, as well as other major game components; some Epic titles with the UE3 engine include Gears of War 2 and Unreal Tournament III. Graphically the engine supports dense geometries and complex lighting.

Epic VP Mark Rein notes that the company is still experimenting with different interfaces, and that the demo lacks polish and some visual details. Because the mobile version of the engine requires OpenGL ES 2.0, it can at present only operate on the third-generation Touch and the iPhone 3GS. Another mobile platform should be shown at next month's CES expo.

Rein states that Epic itself has no plans to produce iPhone games. Third-party licenses are not yet available, but should be in the near future. The technology may in theory allow for more sophisticated and graphically appealing iPhone games, borrowing features directly from their counterparts on more mature platforms.




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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Wow

    Sweet jebus, that looks awesome! Can't wait for the first title using this engine.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Gameplay

    I love my iPhone....wait for it....but, I think many games are difficult due to the touch control interface. Sometimes I wish someone would come out with a gamepad attachment for iPhone & touch. The the iPhone/Touch could be the best portable gaming platform out there.

    Did I say I love my iPhone?

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