Remember back when anyone who knew how to make a Flash video thought they could become freakin' comedians? Well now they could become wizards instead. Adobe's Flash Player 11 update was made available for download last night, but it comes alongside another major announcement: Epic Games will be bringing Unreal Engine 3 to the Flash Player environment. Epic's founder and CEO Tim Sweeney demonstrated Unreal Tournament 3 on Flash Player 11 earlier today at Adobe MAX 2011.
Flash Player 11's newest "Stage 3D" technology allow for hardware accelerated graphics, and that's what Epic leverages to cram UE3 in Flash media format. It heralds bold new things for all those Flash games that are taking off these days in a social gaming environment. Sweeney beams in the press release:
“With UE3 and Flash, games built for high-end consoles can now run on the Web or as Facebook apps, reaching an enormous user base. This totally changes the playing field for game developers who want to widely deploy and monetize their games."
Epic certainly knows how to bring Unreal Engine to new shores, as the developer was previously delivered it on Apple's iOS. It certainly will be interesting to see how well developers can realize Unreal Engine's potential on Flash, as it may be landmark enough to see fairly decent ports of console/PC UE titles running (and playable) in web browsers or even supporting smartphones and tablets. Links to a few demos of Stage 3D Flash titles can be found on Adobe's site. Yes, they still have really loud audio. And might take a while to load.