Apple Introduces New Metal Game Tech For iOS 8
Epic Games wows us again, this time with Zen Garden.
We already knew that Apple's newest iOS devices were capable of great things when it came to games, but thanks to the new iOS 8 update coming this fall - and the addition of a new tech called Metal - they're about to get even better.
The technology was built to help increase efficiency in iOS games, and during this afternoon's two-hour presentation, Apple showcased just what it could do with three different examples.
The first was a snippet of what appears to be Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare from EA, with teams of plants and zombies coming together in a torn-apart street before a big, lumbering giant zombie crashed the party. Note, this was just a tech piece to show what Metal is capable of. Sadly, Garden Warfare isn't confirmed for iOS just yet. Still, the promise of a fully rendered 3D game in the series is definitely there.
The next demo was a very destructive one from Crytek, an isometric war piece using geom cache to show the different particles coming from destroyed vehicles and terrain. While briefer than the other demos, it definitely showed that, with the right team behind it, producing a console-like gaming experience for mobile isn't too far off.
Finally, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney took the stage to show off Zen Garden, an interactive iOS piece where users can roam around a tranquil house, doing little things around it to brighten up the dÃ©cor, including drawing leaves on trees and playing around in a pool with hundreds of koi swimming on the bottom. This was easily the most impressive piece of the three.
Best of all, users will be able to try out Zen Garden for themselves, as the game will be released for free later this year, for use on newer iOS devices.
Although this is just a taste of what's to come with Metal, we can't wait to see what's around the corner.