Mozilla and Epic team up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the

first_imgAt the Game Developers Conference 2013 in San Francisco, Mozilla and Epic Games have announced that they have teamed up to bring Unreal Engine 3 to the web.  It’s great news for the web as a whole, but especially for Firefox users and those who purchase smartphones running Firefox OS later this year. Why? Because of the recently-integrated asm.js.When Mozilla unleashed OdinMonkey, it finally offered a response to Google Chrome’s Native Client. Asm.js promises to speed up Emscripten-ported JavaScript apps and games to the point where they perform nearly as well as their native-code counterparts. When you add asm.js in with things like WebGL support, improved memory management, and hardware acceleration, Mozilla has positioned Firefox perfectly as the browser of choice for next-generation, plug-in free gaming on the web.With Firefox OS and the Firefox Marketplace launching later this year, this is a significant win for Mozilla. No, the porting of Unreal Engine 3 doesn’t mean that Mass Effect 3 is going to find its way onto sub-$100 Firefox phones, but it does mean that mobile hits like Infinity Blade and Dungeon Defenders will. It should also mean that we’ll see more developers offering up browser-friendly versions of their mobile hits — particularly if the porting process is relatively painless and offers an additional revenue stream.Prior to the launch of Windows 8, doing so might not have made much sense. But half a year on, the PC market is now rich with touchscreen devices. Now that there’s a top-notch game engine that runs under asm.js and a web browser that’s optimized to do the heavy lifting, Android and iOS-style games are a much better fit for the modern web.last_img

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