Gameloft’s N.O.V.A 3 (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) to run on Unreal Engine

N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance“N.O.V.A” or “Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance”, certainly the most prominent, and probably the most playable multi-player FPS series for iOS has allied itself with Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 3. Unreal Engine 3 is available to any and all iOS developers as a completely free development package, with very reasonable licensing terms – which only kick into play once you are making some serious dough.

It is clear that the technology behind Epic’s pervasive console and mobile game engine is going to be right up to date with Apple’s newer mobile silicon, the Apple A5, and offer publishers an easy upgrade path with which to get to grips with increasingly powerful mobile hardware in the coming months and years. All of this will be based on a mature and constantly evolving development base, engine, SDK, scripting language and community. Offering exciting games close to that which we are used to expecting on consoles like the PS3 and XBox 360.

To date Epic’s Unreal Engine and id’s id Tech 5 Engine have produced some of the most stunning iOS visuals to date (“Infinity Blade” and “Smash TV” – respectively), and arguably some of the most playable, if not novel, games. So that can only be good news for fans of the N.O.V.A series as it evolves.

Are you excited about the future of FPS gaming on iOS? Let us know about your hopes and dreams in the comments…

{via 9to5 Mac}

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