Oct 29 AT 11:42 AM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

John Carmack and id Software to port Rage game to Android

UPDATE: John Carmack has a new blog post up discussing Rage on iOS. Really good read.

PREVIOUS: John Carmack, co-Founder of id Software and lead programmer of hit games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, just tweeted that he is porting Rage to Android. We first saw Rage when it was presented as a tech demo on the iPhone 4 at Quakcon 2010, but it has since turned into a full-blown game.

This doesn’t come as a huge surprise since id Software posted a job listing for an Android developer last month, so it sound like they might have found their man (or woman).

Like we said last time, the graphics looked amazing and will make a lot of Android fans jealous, but most of the latest Android phones actually have the power to duplicate the same performance. Carmack also said the visuals in his Rage demo matched anything from the Playstation 2 or original XBOX.

Carmack originally said he was “spot-surveying” the Android ecosystem to see if it was worth supporting and would evaluate it again in six months but something must have excited him enough to move up the schedule. Maybe NVIDIA lent him a Tegra 2 phone.

We also know from a previous post that Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 3 is also coming to Android, so we now have the top two PC game engines making their way to Google’s mobile OS.

These are pretty exciting times for Android fans who like to game. Bring on that PlayStation Phone project and the dual-core phones!

If you want more Rage goodness, head over to YouTube and watch the trailer for the PC game.

[Thanks Stephen for the tip]

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  • http://Website Skynet

    Do you think the Samsung Epic will be able to play these games well?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yup, the Epic 4G has a faster GPU than the iPhone 4.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    I guess it’s an easy survey. Judging from the target audiences of hard core games, and the target users of Android, it’s easy to see the link. After all, we are talking about a platform with the word “Droid” in it.

  • http://Website Mike

    Looks like I’m gonna need a new phone soon. Preferably one made by Sony Ericsson for video games.

  • http://Website Khush

    a lot of android phones have faster processor than iphone yet my 2nd gen I touch can run any game better than any current android phone.

  • http://Website mike

    What about the Evo?

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      The EVO unfortunately doesn’t have a great GPU for 3D graphics. The first-gen Snapdragons don’t fare very well with their Adreno 200 GPU. The Epic’s GPU, for example, can render polygons about 4 times as fast.

  • http://Website Calvin

    Well I hope I can play this with my vibrant

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      You can, best 3D graphics processor available in a smartphone right now. Better than the iPhone 4 by a fair margin.

  • http://Website Skynet

    How can I reduce the RAM usage on my Epic. I check my task manager and its using 272 RAM is there a wa to lower it?

    Is there also a link to a easy guide to root the EpicM thank you!

    • http://Website BOFslime

      Well, yes, uninstalling unused app’s will reduce the memory footprint. However, you WANT as many applications loaded and ready (sleeping) in memory as possible, this is what makes the phone snappy. You touch on an app and its instantly ready to use, where as free memory does nothing for you and is considered wasted. Android is also very good about automatically killing your least used app should it ever need to make more space in order to load a particular app. (this makes task killers redundant and in some cases lower the performance of your phone).

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      BOFslime is right, Android works a little differently when it comes to memory. You want your memory full; it allows for better performance than pulling data out of non-volatile storage.

  • http://Website Khush

    Lol you down rate my comment but no reply just shows android fanboys are just as bad as iphone ones (i am neither I have both I am just posting my opinion)

    • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      Well your opinion is your opinion but it’s factually wrong. I won’t spit out spec numbers for the pure fact that they are 2 totally different platforms and they mean nothing to one another.

      What Android phone do you have and what ones have to tried high tech games on?

  • http://Website Khush

    Thats my point clearly everyone focuses on the specs but android isn’t optimized aswell as ios so everyone just complains about faster processors when iphone can run all apps faster than my galaxy s which has better hardware

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      That’s not really true. The problem is that the developers for iOS (I hate using that brand since I still think of Cisco routers when I say “iOS”) have had much longer to work with the Apple SDK.

      Google is working to flesh out their SDK further, but it’s not really a limitation of the Android OS, it’s a limitation of the developer’s know-how and the development tools they have available.

  • elijahblake

    anytime I see the word PORT and Videogame I don’t get very excited!!!

    I’ll be playing this on the ps3 anyway

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    A galaxy s running this game must be frickin awesome!

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