Epic Games president Mike Capps took the stage at Apple's iPad event today to reveal Infinity Blade: Dungeons. Capps noted that the game has players trying to craft the "ultimate weapon." Our friends at Engadget confirm that the game is "definitely a step up" graphically from its predecessors. Dungeons will feature new crafting system and, obviously, will look the best when played on the latest iPad (though presumably it will be compatible with other iOS devices as well). Infinity Blade: Dungeons is "coming soon."
Namco also showed off a new Sky Gamblers game, which bore a very strong resemblance to the company's Ace Combat series. Namco's Jim Sheldon noted that "the extra graphics performance lets us increase the level of detail of everything in the game." Sky Gamblers will arrive exclusively on iOS later this month. See a shot of the game in action after the break.
Update: Epic has dropped a few more details on Infinity Blade: Dungeons. The game will see players "assume the role of an apprentice weaponsmith who serves the Master of the Forge," ultimately seeking to forge the Infinity Blade itself. It also features "a dynamic camera system that takes you in and out of battle, weapon crafting and exploration." You can view a trailer for Infinity Blade: Dungeons above.
Update 2: An Epic Games spokesperson tells Joystiq that Chair Entertainment is not behind the development of Infinity Blade: Dungeons, saying, "Infinity Blade: Dungeons is being developed by a team at the Epic Games headquarters in North Carolina, with some creative direction from Chair."
Award-Winning Game Franchise Grows with Stunning New Adventure for the new iPad and other iOS Devices
SAN FRANCISCO (March 7, 2012) – Today at Apple's media event in San Francisco, Epic Games, Inc. unveiled Infinity Blade: Dungeons, a new adventure set in the award-winning Infinity Blade universe to be released later this year for iOS devices.
Set several thousand years prior to the events in the classic Infinity Blade series, gamers will assume the role of an apprentice weaponsmith who serves the Master of the Forge, sent forth on a perilous quest to forge the one thing the Deathless will come to fear most: the Infinity Blade.
With a dynamic camera system that takes you in and out of battle, weapon crafting and exploration, Infinity Blade: Dungeons is an innovative take on the dungeon-crawling experience while also expanding the Infinity Blade universe. And with the latest Unreal Engine technology, it showcases what is possible for Apple's new iPad.
"Just like Apple has raised the bar for mobile computing, the Infinity Blade franchise has continually re-defined expectations for mobile gaming," said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps (@EpicActual). "With Infinity Blade: Dungeons we continue the tradition of melding exciting gameplay with beautiful, rich worlds powered by Unreal Engine technology; and Apple's new iPad allows us to push the boundaries even further."
For more information and to check out the trailer, go to www.InfinityBladeDungeons.com.
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About Infinity Blade
In December 2010, Epic Games' award-winning studio ChAIR Entertainment forever changed the landscape of mobile gaming with the introduction of "Infinity Blade" for iOS. Powered by Unreal Engine 3, "Infinity Blade" brought handheld gaming to new heights with gorgeous visuals, adrenaline-fueled battles and advanced character progression in a fully 3D castle realm. With millions of players worldwide, "Infinity Blade" is one of the most popular games ever launched on the App Store, receiving numerous Editor's Choice and Game of the Year accolades, as well as the "Excellence in Design" Award at the 2011 International Mobile Game Awards and the prestigious 2011 Apple Design Award. The award-winning sequel, "Infinity Blade II," was successfully launched in Dec. 2011 and remains one of the most-popular, best-reviewed games on the App Store. "Infinity Blade II" won the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and overall "Grand Prix" awards and was also named "Mobile Game of the Year" by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
About Unreal Engine 3
Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed tools and scalability across multiple platforms. Unreal Engine 3's highly mature toolset and content pipeline consistently evolve along with its advanced mobile features, multi-core processor support, optimizations for numerous platforms and massive world support. Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for computer and video games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and four Develop Industry Excellence Awards. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained at www.unrealengine.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its "Unreal" series, including "Unreal Tournament 3" for PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. The first two games in Epic's "Gears of War" franchise have sold more than 13 million copies and won more than 50 game of the year awards. The third installment, "Gears of War 3," sold more than 3 million copies within its first week of release, catapulting the franchise beyond $1 billion in lifetime sales. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 industry technology awards and powers many bestselling games. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at www.epicgames.com.
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