Gears Of War Maker Calls iPhone, iPad, Android 'The Consoles Of The Future'

Epic Games, the people who make Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, could eventually bring Gears of War to your iPhone or Android, the future destination of big budget, "AAA" games.

So says futurist and Epic Games VP Mark Rein, who is a big proponent of iPhone and iPad gaming. Epic's Unreal Engine is already running on versions of the device in prototype form, so to hear Rein say that Gears of War could eventually go mobile is not much of a surprise. Epic's interest in iAds and the possibility of the bombastic shooter going "download-only" might, however, be less expected of the company.

Rein also said that Epic is "definitely going to experiment with micro-transactions and lower-price games" at the GameHorizon Conference 2010, according to a report from

It certainly doesn't sound like the developer is moving away from consoles and powerful PCs, just expanding its reach to those other multi-million selling platforms.

Having played with the Unreal Engine prototype on an iPhone myself, it's not that unreasonable to consider playing a good-looking shooter on the device, even a whittled down Unreal Tournament. But a fully-fledged game a la Gears of War or Bulletstorm? We'll see about that, Mark!

Epic: triple-A will come to mobile platforms [GamesIndustry]


    We've certainly seen superior but more expensive technologies flounder and fail in the past in favour of a cheap, simple alternative.

    Witness the last gasps of PC gaming in the face of consoles for instance.

    Notice there's still no news on the next PS3, Xbox or Nintendo box? Not even half solid rumours. All the big game conpanies are watching Apple and casual gaming and running the sums.

    I call Bullshit!

    Nothing will replace sitting in front of a big screen on the couch with surround sound etc.

    Mobile gaming has a place and its not for long games with a lot of depth.

    Mobile gaming needs to clever and pack a punch in the 10 minutes its going to be used for now and again.

      I think he means future as in a future where they can make crappy 2months dev cycle games and sell it to us for $20.

      People used to say the same thing about shooters on consoles, back when consoles were just seen as made for platformers and arcade games.

      Nothing will EVER replace the mouse and keyboard, they said.

    I'm going to miss controllers...

    Great, the kiddy pool that is console gaming will further devolve into the puddle of mobile gaming.

    hearing the words "Epic Games", "Unreal Engine" and "Android", together in a single document just made me CREAM MY FREAKIN' PANTS.

    Do it, Mark! Get it done, CliffyB! come on! :P

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