Epic Games have unexpectedly decided to release their very own tech demo, titled simply Epic Citadel, for Android devices. The demo originally came out more than two years ago for iOS and features in its current form a fairly large map, which players can explore – from the circus bazaar and the sweeping cathedral in the center of town to a flowing river nearby. Movement is executed through dual on-screen joysticks or by tapping forward. Visually the demo still holds up pretty well, although some recent titles (Wild Blood) have either managed to reach the same quality or slightly surpass it. Bear in mind though that Epic Citadel isn’t a game in the traditional sense, but rather a tool to demonstrate the technical capabilities of the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 on mobile platforms – specifically:
- Realistic reflections and animations. Environment mapping and other high-end rendering techniques produce lifelike reflections, and vertex deformation and skeletal animation bring trees and banners to life with dynamic movements.
- Global illumination. Unreal Engine 3’s built-in global illumination system, Unreal Lightmass, provides realistic lighting and shadows with minimal development resources.
- Dynamic specular lighting with texture masks. Sophisticated graphics features impart a tangible quality to cobblestone roads and vivid reflective marble surfaces, while lens flares and light coronas add dramatic emphasis when panning across light sources.
Android users can now also gather performance data through the Benchmarking Mode and compare results. Epic Citadel roughly takes up 177 MB of space and can be downloaded for free from the Play Store. Wheter this means that Infinity Blade I & II will come out for Android in the near future is yet to be seen.