Epic Games brings Unreal Engine to iPhone

   02/09/2010 at 20:02       Richard Horne       1 COMMENTS.
 - Epic Games, Epic Citadel, Project Sword, Unreal Engine 3, All style and no substance

Epic Games today revealed its new Epic Citadel app for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Available for free from the iTunes app store the app shows off the capabilities of Epis'c Unreal Engine 3. Which on the iPhone is no mean feat.

Players can navigate through a fictional castle using the touch screen as well as experience stunning visuals and special effects in an environment inspired by the company's newest title Project Sword.

“Project Sword” is the codename of the all-new action role-playing adventure game exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch developed by Epic’s critically acclaimed studio, Chair Entertainment, creators of the Xbox LIVE Arcade games of the year “Undertow” and “Shadow Complex.” Scheduled for release later this year, “Project Sword” will bring unrivaled visual fidelity and a highly accessible gameplay experience to the iOS platform.

“This is a testament to the sheer power of iOS devices as up until now, Unreal Engine 3 has typically been used to create high-end gaming experiences on game consoles and computers,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps. “And we’re not just keeping it to ourselves. We're putting Unreal Engine 3 technology into the hands of game developers all over the world, and we can't wait to see the apps they make next.”

Epic Citadel was apparently created in just eight weeks by a small team of Epic's programmers, artists and testers.

And while there's no real game there, it's proof positive, were it ever needed, of just quite how powerful Apple's touch-screen devices are. Of course, games like Archetype have proved that just because you can shoe-horn an FPS onto the iPhone doesn't mean that you necessarily should with controls being an on-going concern.

Still, quite the demo for nowt innit?

Epic

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