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It's probably a subset of the Unreal Engine.

And it only works in Firefox, and even then only very well in Firefox Nightly.

Those points aside, though, this is pretty amazing. I fully expect multiple engines to target HTML5 in the same way Unity/Unreal/etc were cross-compiling for the Flash runtime. It's just not quite there yet...

(And it's good that demos like this exist to put pressure on browsers to fully support them).

As Brendan said, it's UE3, all of it. See the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV32Cs_CMqo (second half of video) for the Sanctuary UT3 map, complete with bots, shooting, etc. Once the engine was ported, we threw random UE maps at it, and it worked fine.

It works in any browser that has solid JavaScript and WebGL support. Audio will work with Web Audio, but it'll gracefully not have audio effects if it doesn't. There's no Firefox specific magic here. If you're on Aurora/Nightly, then you get asm.js/Odinmonkey optimizations and it runs even faster; that's it.

Edit: UE3 was chosen because it's known stable and optimized tech. This isn't the pinnacle of what can be done, far from it. But neither us (Mozilla) nor Epic wanted to be working with code that was still under active development for a next generation engine while simultaneously trying to port it to a new experimental platform. One step at a time! :p

No, not a subset. It's UE3 cross-compiled by Emscripten from ~1MLOC of primary C++ source. Some configury to use OpenAL (mapped to WebAudio), and of course OpenGL-ES (mapped to WebGL).


It's really not. It's the UE3 Mobile Engine. Which while it's compiled from the same C++ source, It has enough things stripped during compilation to not really be considered 'full UE3' custom shaders for instance are not supported.

And atop of missing some things from UE3, Citadel is designed specifically for limited devices.

While still a very impressive feat, let's not confuse this with running GoW or The Samaritan demo in the browser.

As mentioned in other comments, we also ran other UE3 games, like Sanctuary. We demoed that in a booth at GDC last month where people could play it. That's a full UE3 desktop game with bots, AI, normal FPS mouse control (not tablet-like), etc. etc. You can see it in action in the 2nd half of this video


And it's using the exact same code as this demo. You literally use the same compiled JS, and just swap in a different set of game assets.

If so, something like that would be a much more impressive demo. Citadel just frankly isn't that impressive.

Brendan what was the game you played at JQuery UK a couple of weeks back? It was Unreal Engine 4 right?

Thanks! (also thanks for JS, it is neat!)

That was probably BananaBread (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/bananabread), which uses a different engine.

BE stated explicitly that it was an upcoming Unreal Engine 4 game (and I've seen / played Bananabread, this wasn't it).

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