Epic VP Mark Rein seemed rather excited about Steve Jobs' new iPad tablet while attending its unveiling last Wednesday. Whether that enthusiasm is actually valid remains to be seen. After all, Rein's primary job is to promote his product—the Unreal Engine 3—which could eventually power many games sold on the upcoming device.
"I really like the device and I think it is going to be great for gaming," Rein told Gamasutra. "I thought the game demos at the event were amazing, considering the developers on stage only had a few weeks of access to it."
Although Rein was sporting a tech demo of Unreal Engine 3 running on the iPhone at the event, he's made it clear in the past that the company doesn't have plans to enter the iPhone and iPod Touch market. However, he's also said in the past that the company was looking to branch out beyond the PC and console market. Perhaps the new iPad will be the vessel in which Rein and the gang will explore a whole new frontier, Kirk-style.
With that said, Gamesatura asked if he plans to develop on the iPad now that he's gotten a little taste. "I think that's a pretty safe assumption -- especially considering the iPad appears to already run iPhone games well," says Rein. "We'll have to get an iPad in our hands and evaluate it from a hardware standpoint before we can say for sure what we can do on it, but I'm very excited about the opportunity the iPad presents."
If Epic does eventually develop games, then the company needs to follow Gameoft's example and stay away from id Software-based games (which features very awkward controls). Heck, maybe we'll finally see ports of the Unreal and Unreal Tournament series sometime this year.