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Unreal Engine 3 Ported to iPhone/iPod Touch, webOS Next Please

by Robert Werlinger Sun, 27 Dec 2009 1:55 pm EST

AnandTech is reporting that Epic Games have ported their Unreal Engine 3 game engine that powers games like Gears of Wars 2 over to the iPhone 3GS and the third generation iPod Touch.  The demonstration given to AnandTech consisted of a rather impressive fly through and playable Unreal Tournament level, and in practice "works well". 

This is great news for mobile gaming in general, and it looks like the iPhone isn't going to be the only platform rocking UE3 next year: Epic will be announcing support for "another platform" at CES in January.  There are a number of mobile platforms that are likely candidates for a port of the engine, and while we'd love to see webOS on that list, as of right now it doesn't look likely.

The engine requires that devices have an Open GL ES 2.0 equipped GPU, which both the Pre and the Pixi have, but lacking in webOS is an officially sanctioned way to write programs in anything other than JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

Unless Palm announces a major shift in how folks can develop for webOS at their CES 2010 presentation, webOS is out.

[Engadget via The iPhone Blog] Thanks to DJ for the tip!