September 16, 2014

Android Gaming gets Unreal with Dungeon Defenders: First Wave

I have often scoffed at the idea of your phone being considered a gaming console. I’m not sure why, seeing as how I do everything else on it, but “serious” gaming has never really occurred to me. Angry Birds is awesome, but I play it for a minute or two and put it away. It’s something I do when waiting in line or something, it doesn’t bear the same significance as a proper release title on a console or a computer. The guys at Trendy Entertainment are among many who seek to change that, but these guys are doing it with the Unreal 3 gaming engine!

The Unreal 3 engine is a pretty big deal. With it, game developers will be able to deliver rich 3D environments for their games to thrive in. Over 100 games for nearly every major console have been made using Unreal 3, including huge titles like Gears of War, Borderlands, and Mirror’s Edge. This engine becoming available to the mobile space could bring not only significantly improved graphics, but in the long term we could even see cross platform gaming, where you are able to flip seamlessly between your phone and console.

Dungeon Defenders: First Wave will be dropping on Android handsets on December 23, a week after it’s iOS debut (go ahead, take a moment to boo. I’ll wait.). The game will only work on newer Android devices with hardware capable of powering the Unreal 3 engine. Before anyone cries fragmentation, I would like to point out that the iOS release has the same restrictions. Now that I am done fruit bashing, let’s take a look at the trailer!

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