Epic Citadel was released onto the App Store today in the wake of Epic Games’s revealing of the Unreal Engine 3 for the iPhone and iPad. It showed off the graphical capabilities of Apple’s coveted device, and boy oh boy did it do that. Epic Citadel makes PSP games pale in comparison; DS games are out of the question.
Along with that, Epic has announced that the UDK (Unreal Development Kit) will be available for free to all developers, meaning a wave of games using the Unreal Engine should arrive soon (hopefully).
And by the looks of Epic Citadel, iPhone games are about to be a whole lot more… pretty. While Epic Citadel is only a tech demo, Epic is planning on developing and releasing Project Sword, a sword-fighting RPG type of game in which you will be able to challenge your friends via Game Center.
Now this is really up to developers, but in my opinion, I think the Unreal Engine can really step things up for iPhone gaming: better graphics, more 3D games, and better overall quality of games. While I don’t see this storming the App Store in full force anytime soon, I see it as the next step. For now, Epic Citadel has the best graphics I’ve ever seen on the iPhone and iPod touch.