Unreal Engine 3 Now Works In Flash

What is one of the world's most popular 3D engines, the same one used to power many of the most popular console games in the world, also ran in your web browser? That would be pretty interesting, right?

Things just got interesting: Epic Games has announced that their incredibly popular Unreal Engine 3 now works in Adobe Flash, demoing a version of Unreal Tournament 3 running inside the new Adobe Flash Player 11.

That means porting existing games to work in a browser-based solution — and there are a ton of games on Unreal Engine 3 — would be more or less turnkey.

A quick look at the screenshots provided by Epic indicate that the engine isn't as powerful as a non-browser-based engine — no big surprise there — but that it's still very much a "real" 3D experience. (I haven't yet seen the engine in motion.)

Even better, developers will be able to migrate their games from, say, iOS over to a browser-based environment without much hassle, making it possible to easily sell browser-based games that play the same games as apps on mobile devices.

But the real thing that should make you arch an eyebrow is Facebook. Nearly every game you can play on Facebook runs on Flash. And now Flash can run hardware-accelerated 3D, just like Real Games.


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    ... what, you know its coming. :p

    I'm expecting to see the COD on FB. Funded by microtransactions that will give the user armour piercing bullets and Publisher sanctioned aimbots.

    That is very surprising and well fantastic news for flash there. I'm curious what the practical application will be. Considering your most avid flash gamer players are running on intergrated graphics anyway hardware accelerated 3D isn't going to help too much.

    Sigh. It's rough realising these days just having a discrete video card (let along a good one) in a PC makes you hardcore.

    Great, give unity some heavy competition which is great.

    Just had a look at that list of games running unreal 3 and

    Zumba Fitness + Facebook = ?????

    As Impressive as it all is, my god its going to feel like were back in the early 90's spending a good 10 minutes loading a "flash" game

    I tried to load the new Flash 11 game example "Tanki" i had time to go put my clothes on the line and make a cup of tea :P

    why are there basically 2 kotaku articles on the same thing?

    Ok, Epic, I've never asked you guys for anything before, but if you could see it in your infinite wisdom to remake the original Unreal Tournament in Flash, I would be forever grateful, and would probably even off some kind of sexual reward...

    maybe...
    kinda...
    not really...

    ok, how about you just make the game first, and I'll decide what I'm willing to give up...

    this is the death of "flash" games and the birth of flash "games"

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