Unreal Engine now for iOS
So, how much can be squeezed out of an iOS based device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) when it comes to graphics? Apparently, a lot! So have proven the guys at Epic with their new Unreal Engine for iOS.
So, Epic came with an astonishing iOS game engine which was not a rewrite of the original Unreal Engine but more like an adaptation of it. That’s why the iOS version is packing a lot of features from his big brother like parallax mapping, weight maps, ambient occlusion, global illuminations, specular lighting and many others.
But this comes at a small price: all this features require OpenGL ES 2.0, which is not available on PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU featured on the iPhone and iPod Touch prior of 3Gs. But this will not shock many people considering the fact that also Apple has doped support for this devices.
Epic showcased their awesome engine first in Citadel, a demo of the engine’s power, and secondly in Infinity Blade, a top grossing game on Apple AppStore. Unreal Development Kit, required to develop games for Unreal Engine, can be downloaded for free on www.udk.com.