Mozilla, Epic Bring Unreal 3 Gaming Engine to the Web
Mozilla has partnered with Epic Games to bring the Unreal 3 gaming engine to the web. The result is a high-end gaming engine that could change the way you think of web-based games.
The Unreal 3 engine has previously been ported to Flash, but this is the first time a plugin-free (and therefore mobile-friendly) version has been built for the web.
Mozilla is hoping this project will help turn the web into a more serious gaming platform capable of running top-tier console titles.
While the Unreal 3 port is incredibly cool, there are still some stumbling blocks on the path to the web as a top-tier gaming platform, not the least of which is that load times for most games would be massive. Think hours, not minutes, to stream the complex graphics from a server to your mobile device — probably not something anyone particularly wants to sit through.
For more on the project and to catch a glimpse of Unreal 3 running in the browser, check out the video below.