Feb 02 AT 11:43 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Tim Sweeney talks about Unreal Engine on Android

Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games and is best known for his work on the Unreal Engine. We have been following Epic Games because they showed off the Unreal Engine on an iPod Touch and then an Nvidia Tegra 2 tablet. Epic had hinted they would support another mobile platform besides iPhone OS, but no information was given on which operating system was powering the Tergra 2 tablet demo.

Virtually every Tegra 2 tablet we saw at CES was powered by Android so we have been speculating that Android would be the other mobile OS to run Unreal Engine 3.

ARMdevices recently caught up with Tim Sweeny at CES and quizzed him on Android. They asked what he thought about Android and when Unreal Engine would be compatible with the OS.

It’s a nice device. We are looking at it right now, but we don’t have anything to announce yet. (smiling) Well, we are not announcing anything so I can’t comment on it, but it’s a nice platform. We really like what Google is doing with Android.Tim SweenyEpic Games

The conversation was captured on video (see 2:12) and I think Tim’s reaction speaks for itself.

Let me go out on a limb here and predict Epic Games finally announces Unreal Engine 3 for Android at next month’s Game Developer Conference. Google is sponsoring the event and giving free Android phones to the developers who attend. We know devices like the Droid and Nexus One are on the same level as the iPod Touch and iPhone 3GS, so they should be able to handle the engine just fine.

Source: ARMdevices

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  • Sc4R3d

    I hope it turns out to be true.

  • http://www.typhon4android.org Mike Leahy

    It should be interesting to see what happens. One thing to note is that the only terminology used by Sweeney for who will have access to the mobile U3 engine when and if it does appear are existing licensees (not you or me). It would be great if it were open to anyone in a similar fashion to the UDK, but questions remain if it will only be available for those that shell out for a full license of U3 tech. Sweeney even mentions one of the last things being worked on are licensing issues.

    I don’t think it has to be specifically announced for Android as it should clearly run via the NDK on 2nd gen Android devices powered by Tegra 2 and competing processors of that class or better. The hold up is not if it will be available, but how they will capitalize on it’s release. I could see a licensee that gets their hands on it simply do the likely minimal port to the NDK / Android and get it up and running. A further thing to remember is that it likely needs to be compiled/tested for each processor; Tegra2 and others in same class should be fine.

    • softweyr

      “I could see a licensee that gets their hands on it simply do the likely minimal port to the NDK / Android and get it up and running. A further thing to remember is that it likely needs to be compiled/tested for each processor; Tegra2 and others in same class should be fine.”

      Oh, I don’t think the non-kernel code on these devices is all THAT processor specific. The ability of all of these to swallow ARM/THUMB instructions is about the same, so creating a binary that runs on most ARM-based ‘droid platforms should be do-able.

      As for URE coming to Android, let’s see now, are there any game manufacturers that also make mobile phones, and do they have an Android model? Let’s see, there’s… Sony/Ericsson? :)

  • http://Website cory

    noone ever brings up the moment when talking about high powered phones the moment is way better then the droid or am i wrong?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      You are wrong.

  • http://Website cory

    how so?

    • http://Website alex

      @cory the moment technically has a faster cpu, (800 mhz vs. 550 mhz) but that just is clockspeed. The droid has a different cpu architecture (texas instruments arm a8 cortex) which is more efficient clock per clock than the moment (which has a special samsung arm11) so moment was fastest android phone, got beaten by droid, then n1

  • http://Website jeeps

    My grandpa wants his glasses back!

  • http://Website cory

    thanks for clearing that up for me i hope the n1
    comes to sprint that would be the best

  • robojerk

    Imagine how sad we all would be if the other platform was WP7.

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  1. I hope it turns out to be true.

  2. Mike LeahyGuest 5 years ago

    It should be interesting to see what happens. One thing to note is that the only terminology used by Sweeney for who will have access to the mobile U3 engine when and if it does appear are existing licensees (not you or me). It would be great if it were open to anyone in a similar fashion to the UDK, but questions remain if it will only be available for those that shell out for a full license of U3 tech. Sweeney even mentions one of the last things being worked on are licensing issues.

    I don’t think it has to be specifically announced for Android as it should clearly run via the NDK on 2nd gen Android devices powered by Tegra 2 and competing processors of that class or better. The hold up is not if it will be available, but how they will capitalize on it’s release. I could see a licensee that gets their hands on it simply do the likely minimal port to the NDK / Android and get it up and running. A further thing to remember is that it likely needs to be compiled/tested for each processor; Tegra2 and others in same class should be fine.

    • “I could see a licensee that gets their hands on it simply do the likely minimal port to the NDK / Android and get it up and running. A further thing to remember is that it likely needs to be compiled/tested for each processor; Tegra2 and others in same class should be fine.”

      Oh, I don’t think the non-kernel code on these devices is all THAT processor specific. The ability of all of these to swallow ARM/THUMB instructions is about the same, so creating a binary that runs on most ARM-based ‘droid platforms should be do-able.

      As for URE coming to Android, let’s see now, are there any game manufacturers that also make mobile phones, and do they have an Android model? Let’s see, there’s… Sony/Ericsson? :)

  3. coryGuest 5 years ago

    noone ever brings up the moment when talking about high powered phones the moment is way better then the droid or am i wrong?

  4. coryGuest 5 years ago

    how so?

    • alexGuest 5 years ago

      @cory the moment technically has a faster cpu, (800 mhz vs. 550 mhz) but that just is clockspeed. The droid has a different cpu architecture (texas instruments arm a8 cortex) which is more efficient clock per clock than the moment (which has a special samsung arm11) so moment was fastest android phone, got beaten by droid, then n1

  5. jeepsGuest 5 years ago

    My grandpa wants his glasses back!

  6. coryGuest 5 years ago

    thanks for clearing that up for me i hope the n1
    comes to sprint that would be the best

  7. Imagine how sad we all would be if the other platform was WP7.

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