This Thursday, Epic Games will release the latest version of their Unreal Development Kit, a free game-building SDK with some new tools to create iOS-optimized graphics and animations. Says Epic co-founder Mark Rein, ‚ÄúApple‚Äôs App Store is the most vibrant market for mobile gaming. If you‚Äôre going to make a game for a mobile device, and you want to make the most money, you‚Äôre nuts not to make it for iOS.‚Äù
(We agree: check out our review of Epic's Infinity Blade for iOS…)
There's no licensing fee to develop games with the Kit, or even tinker with it under the hood — but developers who want to sell any games built with the Kit must pay a $99 licensing fee and kick back 25% of any royalties after the first $5,000 in sales.
Will Epic release a similar SDK for Android coders? Not in the immediate future: Rein points to the fragmented Android hardware compatability issue, as well as file size limits in the Android Market that keep out code monsters — including, yes, Infinity Blade. But Rein also indicated that a Droid-flavored UDK is not an impossibility if and when Google solves said issues.
[Via the Wall Street Journal]