Mozilla, developer of the Firefox web browser, has announced a partnership with Epic Games that will bring the full power of the Unreal 3 and 4 engines to the web. Mozilla developed a “highly optimized version of JavaScript” that is capable of efficiently porting over a developer’s gaming code in order to bring crisp, fast paced 3D gaming to the web.

Mozilla release a basic demo of the Firefox’s 3D gaming capabilities with a game called BananaBread. You can check out the demo below.

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein sat down for an interview with Frank Cifaldi about the integration of Unreal technology into HTML5 recently.

When asked what Epic’s journey into the HTML5 world means, Sweeney had this to say, “This upgrades the web to a platform. Just like Sony and Microsoft have platforms, the web is now a platform, and if you can build and ship a game, you can have it run in several (and in the future, any) standards-compliant browser and have a great experience. It marks the end of drivers, installation, all the other weird quirks of legacy game development.” 

Sweeney goes on to speak about the benefits of web based development, “… it’s instantly deployable. Now you can have world-class graphics in any web browser — for games, tools, whatever.”

With this exciting partnership, the world can expect to see high quality 3D games on their browsers very soon. It will be interesting to see how many other companies and developers take advantage of HTML5’s new gaming capability and how it will affect the gaming industry.

Source: Mozilla Blog, Gamasutra

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