updated 04:25 pm EST, Tue December 14, 2010
Tech expected to increase standards in iOS games
The iOS version of Epic's Unreal Development Kit will become available on Thursday, says the Wall Street Journal. The kit is used to produce games based on the Unreal engine, and includes components for the likes of audio, rendering and physics, as well as editing tools. Although a license costs just $99, Epic collects 25 percent in royalties after the first $5,000 in sales.
The kit's arrival may have a major impact on iOS gaming. The Unreal engine is virtually standard in PC and console games, used for high-profile titles like Mass Effect 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum and the new Mortal Kombat. It is also capable of much better graphics than currently seen in most iOS titles, which often employ rudimentary 3D rendering where 3D is used at all.
The first iOS game with Unreal was Epic's own Infinity Blade. Launched on December 9th, the game has already managed to accumulate over $1.7 million in revenue. The figure may place the title as the fastest-selling iOS app ever released.