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Android is eager to get Unreal Engine

It may take a while, but sophisticated game developer Epic is committed to bringing the Unreal Engine development kit to Google's Android platform. The company just finished making it available for the iPhone.

Epic vice president Mark Rein recently said of the Unreal Engine, "Android is just not there yet." Like many other frustrated mobile devs out there, Epic blames the fragmentation factor of Android as a major stumbling block. That is, because there are so many Android phones on the market without a strict code of manufacturing regulations, creating anything for the Android Market without alienating a chunk of users is difficult. It's the same problem game developers run into when trying to port a game from Xbox 360, which has only a few hardware variations, to PCs, which have a nearly infinite number of possible internal components.

Nevertheless, Rein did confirm that bringing Android support to Unreal Engine 3 is on the list of things to do, and the company will do all it can to make it happen.

It's because of Unreal Engine that Epic's first iphone game, Infinity Blade, is selling so incredibly well. We've called it the device's most beautiful game, and one of the most important releases to date for the iPhone. These are the big boys, now, finally stepping into the mobile arena.

Sure, you can have your cutesy little Angry Birds and your dichotomy-inducing Plants vs Zombies, but at some point these games need to grow up. That's what Epic is doing. And it's no shock at all that Android gamers want in on the action.

[Source: Forbes]

Dec 16, 2010

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10 comments

  • spideralex90 - December 17, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    YES. Maybe It'll come out by the time I get a new more powerful Droid.
  • KnightDehumidifier - December 17, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    A conversation overheard at Epic Games: "Okay, we got the Unreal Engine 3 on the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and we just got it out on the fuckin' iOS. All that's left is Android, maybe Windows 7 phones and we'll call it." "Wait, wait. Haven't we forgotten something? Like another system or platform or something" "You're right, the PSP. I forgot about that system, but we'll get going on that soon." "No, not that. I feel like we're missing something." "Dreamcast? Oh man, that would be sweet." "No, think. There was another video game system that has been out for a while with the PS3 and 360." "Bullshit, c'mon. Really?" "Yeah, I think it has something to do with Nintendo...I think" "Your funny, you know that. I mean how are we gonna put the UE3 on a Game Boy?" "No, but I-" "Even better, what about on the Nintendo 64? Make it kickass for sure." "No I remember now, there was the W-" "If the Virtual Boy made you blind, then Unreal Tournament 3 on it will make you go blind happy." "...you know what, whatever. I'm going back to my desk." "Great, now I'll never know what Nintendo system or systems would use our engine. Oh well, back to finding ways to make Cole more offensive." -FIN-
  • chainchomp - December 17, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Do you think they will release a decent mobile phone battery along side it?
  • eightbitforlife - December 17, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    Saying Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7 is better than iOS and Android is like saying that Mac OS X is the best gaming platform EVAR!!!!!11111ONEONE1ONE reCAPTCHA - café Ganuot. Sounds yummy.
  • CrimsonKnight13 - December 17, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    This is great news. I look forward to having it on my phone. reCaptcha: preaccen 230 O_o
  • WillisTron - December 17, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    The term "Android gamers" causes a pain in my stomach. Playing Angry Birds for 2 minutes on the bus does not a gamer make.
  • k1ll8saurav - December 17, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    @darknessviking Please tell me you're joking? WINDOWS MOBILE of all things is better than iOS and Android?
  • CancerMan - December 17, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    Good news I suppose, but I just can't enjoy gaming on my phone.
  • Arcasi - December 17, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    droidX: and there was much rejoicing captcha: "and slextual"
  • JLThatshilarious - December 16, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    And they say they can't make the Unreal Engine work on 3DS? Bullshit.

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