Jaws dropping aside, this is a major development in the history of modern 3D graphics from the web. Most people who are old enough remember the kludgy history of the SGI graphics developed VRML. And the history of Shockwave based 3D games. These all required system halting plugins and could barely get graphics on par with a 1980s music video.
It is no wonder this demo piqued the interest of Epic Games. Epic Games, known as one of the top hardcore game developers for the high-end hardcore PC gamers with the “Unreal Tournament” franchise and countless of other games based on their Unreal Engines. With this new demo it shows that Epic can take technological plunges in stride. Epic made the successful leap to the current gen of home game consoles with the ‘Gears of War‘ franchise on Xbox 360. Making them the first game developer to actually capture the experience and HD graphics of hardcore PC titles for the home console market. Epic is now seeing the next generation of gaming, putting full support to bring that hardcore gaming experience to mobile gaming market. Their prime example it’s “Infinity Blade” & “Infinity Blade II” games Apple’s iPad / iPhone iOS platform. It only makes sense that Epic Games would see this leveraging this new web platform to help in developing even more draw to their gaming titles and access with modern web browser. TechCrunch reported that Vladimir Vukicevic, Mozilla’s engineering director and the inventor of WebGL, said, “that porting the whole Unreal 3 Engine to the web only took Epic four days and a few small adjustments.”
Mozilla has also announced that they are working with top game publishers Disney, EA, and ZeptoLab; makers of the popular “Cut The Rope” puzzle game, to bring games over to the browser market. It is not long till independent and other major game developers will see coming to the web browser as well. Mozilla now has their own Firefox Marketplace in preview for Firefox on the desktop and Firefox for Android, and will be on their own Firefox OS later this year.