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.