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Interview with Epic Games on Bringing Games to iOS

Epic Games, the brains behind popular games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, have decided to compete with gaming companies on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch by bringing games to iOS devices that focus on utilizing the hardware. In an interview with Gamasutra, Epic’s studio president, Mike Capps goes into more detail about the expansion to iOS devices.

The Unreal Engine, the heart of most hardcore games, is making it’s way to iOS devices. Capps explains in the interview that these tools will make their way into the hands of Unreal Engine Developers, which means that games that use Unreal Engine on other platforms (i.e. Xbox, Playstation, etc.) could essentially be ported to run on iOS devices.

Capps notes that some games that push the boundaries of the Xbox, PS3, and other gaming devices will most likely need to rewrite some of the game so that it will work on hardware that doesn’t have as much power.

You can read the interview in its entirety on Gamasutra.

At the Apple Music Event, Epic gave a demo of their forthcoming iPhone/iPad game called Project Sword based on the Unreal Engine. While it won’t be out until later this year, iOS users can download a sneak peak (called Epic Citadel) and explore the environment in amazing detail.


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AutoDesk Bringing AutoCAD Back to The Mac and iOS Devices


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The industry standard for architectural designers and architects, AutoCAD has been a Windows only affair since the 90s. AutoDesk’s announcement brings the CAD application OS X faithful.

Built from the ground up for OS X, the native app includes many Mac interface bits we’ve come to expect, including the use of Cover Flow and Multi-Touch gestures on MacBooks and with the Magic Trackpad.


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“The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design. Over 5000 customers have helped develop this product through our beta program and they are delighted to have the choice of a native Mac version of AutoCAD,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business.

AutoDesk isn’t the only company excited about the news. Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said, “Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac and we think it’s the perfect combination for millions of design and engineering professionals, the AutoCAD WS app is a bold new idea, a mobile version of industry-leading design software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the world’s most innovative mobile devices.”


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In addition to the Mac native application, AutoDesk also announced a free iOS app called AutoCAD WS that will allow AutoCAD users to edit and share their designs on the go. Files are uploaded to a server in the cloud, and can be collaborated on in real-time with multiple users. 

AutoCAD for the Mac will be available this fall.

 

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