Epic: iPhone could run Gears of War within five years

Epic is currently working with a very gorgeous iPhone game, Infinity Blade, but it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing a more recognized and graphics-intensive games to the iDevices as they evolve. Gears of War on your iPhone? Epic reckons it’s possible. 

“I didn’t take it that seriously until we started making this game,” says Chair creative director Donald Mustard. “Now I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is literally going to be the best looking handheld game ever made’. It’s way beyond what a DS or PSP could do.

“I think it’s going to be an interesting future, especially if in two years we can really run Gears of War on an iPhone.”

Technical director Geremy Mustard added that the iPhone will “certainly” be powerful enough to run Gears within five years. He did add that he questions how viable a gaming option it’ll be, given the iPhone’s tiny screen, but the possibility is there. 

There’s no denying that the iPhone packs a punch in the graphics department, and I respect it as a gaming system. However, the touch-screen controls are always going to be the biggest issue, with only a fraction of games ever able to bring a “console” experience to the system with any degree of success. Looking like Gears of War is not the same as playing like it, but I’m still really eager to see how far the iPhone can go.

Epic is currently working with a very gorgeous iPhone game, Infinity Blade, but it hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing a more recognized and graphics-intensive games to the iDevices as they evolve. Gears of War on your iPhone? Epic reckons it’s possible. 

“I didn’t take it that seriously until we started making this game,” says Chair creative director Donald Mustard. “Now I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is literally going to be the best looking handheld game ever made’. It’s way beyond what a DS or PSP could do.

“I think it’s going to be an interesting future, especially if in two years we can really run Gears of War on an iPhone.”

Technical director Geremy Mustard added that the iPhone will “certainly” be powerful enough to run Gears within five years. He did add that he questions how viable a gaming option it’ll be, given the iPhone’s tiny screen, but the possibility is there. 

There’s no denying that the iPhone packs a punch in the graphics department, and I respect it as a gaming system. However, the touch-screen controls are always going to be the biggest issue, with only a fraction of games ever able to bring a “console” experience to the system with any degree of success. Looking like Gears of War is not the same as playing like it, but I’m still really eager to see how far the iPhone can go.

iPhone Gears of War possible “in 2 years” [Eurogamer]

Jim Sterling