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JJ Abrams jumps into gaming with ChAIR to launch ‘SPYJINX’


Although many may think JJ Abrams would be busy right now with a major movie getting ready to open, he took some time to announce a new partnership his Bad Robot studio is entering into to launch a new computer game. SPYJINX will be a new espionage genre title for computers and smartphones launching in 2016. To get it into the hands of gamers, Bad Robot has teamed up with ChAIR, the development team behind Infinity Blade. Read more

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is heading to mobile devices with Tegra K1


Thanks to NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 Super Chip, Epic Games can bring their Unreal Engine 4 to mobile devices. According to their press release, NVIDIA stated “the lines between mobile, desktop and console don’t make any sense any more. They’re gone forever. It’s now possible to run the same UE4 based game on all three platforms today.”

The Tegra K1 chip can produce graphics on par with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 while performing like an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Incredible if you ask me. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that his company “can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or on a console and run it on Tegra.”

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Epic Citadel and benchmarking tool land in the Google Play Store

Epic Games finally stepped up to the plate and brought Epic Citadel to Android. It’s a demo tool that shows the power of Unreal Engine 3 by letting you explore 3D locales from Infintiy Blade. You can navigate the locales on your own via touch controls or get a guided tour. This title was made with the same tools and technologies used to develop console and PC games. Just how much can your phone or tablet handle? The included benchmark mode will tell you how many frames per second you have achieved.

Epic Citadel launched on iOS back in 2010 so it’s nice to see some Android love. Check out the video below and hit one of the download links below to get started.

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Gameloft Developing Four Titles using the Unreal Engine 3 for Android

According to the good folks at Android Central, major mobile gaming developer Gameloft has announced that it is partnering with long-time game developer Epic Games — known most recently for the controversial shooter Bulletstorm — to bring four games (which have not yet been specified) powered by the Unreal Engine 3 to the Android platform. The first two titles are due sometime this year and the other two are due in 2012, hopefully before the world ends.

The Unreal Engine 3 is a very popular and powerful game development platform, and it was recently shown running on Android hardware such as the LG Optimus 2X. It also powers some very popular games, such as the aforementioned Bulletstorm, the Gears of War series, DC Universe Online, the Mass Effect series and many more. It will be interesting to see which titles get ported to Android, or if Gameloft announces all-new titles. We’ll be keeping an eye on this partnership for more developments.

Besides Android, Gameloft will also be developing titles for the iOS and the Playstation Network as well.

[Via Android Central and Epic Games]

Epic Games’ Jay Wilbur Talks Android Game Development

The good folks of The Slowdown are at the Dubai World Game Expo (grumble lucky sods grumble) and were able to snag an interview with Epic Games’ Jay Wilbur. In this review, he discusses the Unreal Engine, the Unreal Development Kit, developing games for the iOS, and well as a little bit about developing for Android. Here’s a clip wherein Mr. Wilbur is showing the interviewer a demo of Epic Citadel on his Galaxy S:

What are the challenges in developing for Android? The demo there seems to be running great.

It runs really well and really fast. One of the problems with the Android marketplace is hardware fragmentation, that’s a really big issue. The other thing is marketplace fragmentation, there are so many different appstores out there. The Android marketplace is a little more difficult [to develop for] because there is less control. I think the Android marketplace is robust … I find it very easy to buy things on it, it’s just that Apple has very tight control. So anything in the Apple world is perfect. It’s just perfect. We like that, we like that a lot. We know that it’s just gonna work. Sometimes that’s not always the case in the Android marketplace.

Can’t really dispute his comments, can we? As much as we love our Androids, fragmentation is and will continue to be an issue for a while. However, it didn’t stop the PC from becoming the dominant computing platform in the world. Just sayin’. ;)

You can read the whole interview by heading over to The Slowdown by clicking the link below.

[via The Slowdown]

Unreal Engine 3 Coming to Android

The Android gaming corner is getting more exciting.  First we hear about OpenFeint’s gaming platform coming to Android, and now there’s word of Epic Game’s UDK (Unreal Development Kit) coming.  Just in case you weren’t aware, the Unreal Engine 3 is behind some of the biggest gaming titles out there:  Gears of War, Bioshock, Medal of Honor, Borderlands, and of course, the Unreal Tournament series.

It’s uncertain how soon we’ll see games based on this technology, but Mark Rein, Vice President and Co-founder of Epic, has already tweeted about showcasing the Unreal Engine 3 on an Android Tablet running a Tegra 2 processor, as well as on a Samsung Galaxy S device.  Unfortunately for now, Apple’s iOS has priority on development, but this is still exciting news for Android gamers.

[via droidgamers]