A new collaboration is finding both Epic and Firefox creator Mozilla working together to port Unreal Engine 4 to the web.
Let’s be clear that Unreal Engine 4 is the same engine that is powering AAA next-gen console and PC games with high visual capabilities. Having that run on a web-based format is pretty amazing.
“This technology has reached a point where games users can jump into via a Web link are now almost indistinguishable from ones they might have had to wait to download and install,” said Brendan Eich, CTO and SVP of Engineering at Mozilla in a statement today. “Using Emscripten to cross-compile C and C++ into asm.js, developers can run their games at near-native speeds, so they can approach the Web as they would any other platform.”
Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games added, “We believe the web has a crucial part to play in the future of game development and deployment, and Mozilla has proven it is the catalyst to make this happen.”
The project is still fresh and while the engine seems to be performing smooth in Firefox, more optimizations are expected to happen in the coming months. Mozilla highlighted that this is not just exclusive to Firefox and any modern browser can run asm.js content.