My jaw is literally on the floor. Epic Citadel, a newly released free to download tech-demo for iPad from Epic Games is, well, epic. I have never seen graphics this good before on any mobile device. Hell, I didn’t even think visuals this slick were even possible on an iPad.
Epic Citadel is a showcase of the capabilities of the Unreal Engine 3, an engine previously reserved for creating high-end games on PC’s and consoles – now available for all iOS devices. In the app, players navigate a medieval castle using a seamless multi-touch interface with an environment inspired by Epic’s newest game, Project Sword.
The Unreal Engine 3 is packed with a huge array of tools and fancy tech like bump offset mapping, texture blending, global illumination, dynamic specular lighting and real-time reflections and animations that developers can use to create games and simulations just like Epic Citadel.
Epic Games have the Unreal Development Kit available for free download (http://www.udk.com/download) and President Dr. Michael Capps stated in a press release “We’re putting Unreal Engine 3 technology in the hands of game developers all over the world, and we can’t wait to see the apps they make next.” Frankly, I can’t wait either.