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Android Gets ‘Epic Citadel’ Two-Years Later

Way back in 2010, Apple Inc. let video-game studio Epic Games, makers of the graphics engine Unreal, to show the amount of horse power gaming companies could squeeze out of the iPhone.

Epic Games elected to make an interactive tech demo, which users of the phone could download and experience themselves, after it was previewed on stage with Steve Jobs, head of Apple at the time. The application was called Epic Citadel, and it certainly impressed the audience in attendance, along with the many people who downloaded that day in the App Store.

While there wasn’t gameplay, the demo did play much like a first-person shooter. The player controlled the camera and walked around a small village with the atmosphere of the dark ages. Eventually they ended up in a European castle and if they headed to the back, they would be on cliffs that over looked an ocean.

The App paved the way for Epic’s first title Infinity Blade and later a sequel to the game. Both of which were popular in their own right.

This was over two years ago, but now Android users are able to download this same tech demo, along with some who have the Amazon Appstore. Those with Android, they’ll have to own a “High Performance” device because this won’t play on a lower end cell phones. Some middle of the road devices will render the graphics, but were hearing they tend to drop in frame rate — some reportedly below 20 FPS.

While Epic has yet to release any of the Infinity Blades, it’s a sure bet this is going in that direction. In my opinion, this sounds like a test run to see how the graphics will be handled on the many of the conflicting phones out there.

It should also be noted that Epic Games have updated Epic Citadel on iOS today as well. The update supports the iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod Touch as well as optimized graphics for the iPad with Retina Display.

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