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Is that Oblivion in your pocket, or could Epic's iPhone game actually look this good?

Witchcraft. Seriously, just witchcraft. I've been playing games for decades now, and I've got a pretty good grasp of technology and development techniques, yet still the occult is the only explanation I have for what Epic Games and Chair Entertainment are pulling off with the recently unveiled iPhone version of the Unreal Engine 3.

You've probably already read mine and Justin's ebullient geek-out over the Gears of War dev's Epic Citadel tech demo. If you haven't, click here. In short, Xbox 360 in your pocket. But now, via an iPhone 4 promo video, the first tiny snatch of footage from the game proper has appeared.


Above: Click the pic to check out the video

It's only a few seconds long, but it's a pretty significant few seconds. Firstly, it shows the first in-game characters we've seen so far (the currently available demo is a beautiful but entirely unpopulated affair). And it shows that they look fantastic. And secondly, it gives a rough impression of how the game is going to work, or at the very least adds credance to my early guesses.

Many, myself included, were worried about how a triple-A action-adventure would control with the iPhone's touchscreen limitations. From the screen furniture and camera framing in the footage shown, it looks like the combat elements will take place via a dedicated set of separate game mechanics rather than blending with the twin-stick, first-person navigation we enjoyed in the demo. There are no clues as to whether they will play out in real-time or via a turn-based system, but either way, I'm now breathing a little easier than I was before.

Despite Epic boss Mark Rein's comments earlier this week, I still believe that portable gaming requires a very different design philosophy than that of 'big' console games, so I'm very interested to see how Chair make the overall game work. But it's excited interest, without a doubt. What do you reckon?

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13 comments

  • BeatDown - May 4, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    This game looks amazing, just like Infinity Blade and Battlefield. Another game that looks amazing is CHupacabra, the graphics are in 3D.
  • BeatDown - March 21, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Well for starters this game looks very cool! the graphics look as good as Infinity Blade! Coming soon!http://bit.ly/chupcab Cheers!
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  • mrmorozov987 - October 6, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    While that looks really pretty and all, graphics have never been the iPhone's problem. A severe drought of good games is.
  • Fuzunga - October 6, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    I'll be waiting for idTech and Unreal on the 3DS, thank you very much.
  • ArcaneGhost - October 6, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Looks kinda cool. Thanks for the useless link to the video though. If I lived in that website though, I wouldn't be able to find my own arse. Probably my own fault, but I'm wishing for a direct video...
  • thatoneguyPDX - October 6, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    It's nice to know that I'll be able to play a first rate roleplaying experience on the same device I use to drunk dial
  • AxiamWolfe - October 6, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    @acethejedi The title already says it's for iPhone 4. Of course this means that the equivalent iPod Touch can also run this app (4th Gen. Not sure if 3rd Gen ones are able to. 2nd and 1st Gen touches are out completely though.).
  • acethejedi - October 6, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    never been into handheld gaming but like the look of this will it b for ipod touch?
  • deonebjc - October 6, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    The Apple conference a few weeks ago where they unveiled the new iPods had longer footage of this including some multiplayer action - just go lookup 'Project sword footage'. And as for 'there are no clues as to whether they will play out in real-time or via a turn-based system' the answer is in the Project sword clips - it's turn based. Probably for the best on the iPhone
  • oryandymackie - October 6, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    Well, they've got the software. Scientists are still attempting to find out exactly what Apple products are for.
  • Ell223 - October 6, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    I'm still buying an Android phone.
  • infernox - October 6, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    again buttons > no buttons. they really need to make a game for 3DS or psp2. maybe even panasonic jungle xD

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