There have been doubts about the gaming prowess of Windows 8 from top game developers like Gabe Newell and and companies like Blizzard, however, Microsoft's flagship operating system and its little brother, Windows RT, are being bolstered by Epic Games and its Unreal Engine 3.
Epic Games had its first real-time public demo of Unreal Engine 3 running on Windows 8 and Windows RT during Asus' press conference at IFA 2012 in Berlin. You can see a live, real-time demo of the "Epic Citadel" app running on the Asus Vivo Tab RT (formerly known as the Tablet 600) for yourself in the YouTube video embedded below.
"The Unreal Engine 3-powered 'Epic Citadel' demonstration for Windows RT tablets implements our full DirectX 9 pipeline, with shaders and materials, all running beautifully on Tegra 3," said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. "By porting the full engine as opposed to a modified mobile version, NVIDIA and Epic have made it easy for UE3 developers around the world to bring their best content to Windows RT, Windows 8, and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. Windows RT code is available to licensees from Epic now and we're excited to see the great games they develop with it."
Additionally, Epic Games has also announced that Unreal Engine 3 licensees access can access Windows RT code as part of the Unreal Development Network.
With the wide range of video games that have used Unreal Engine 3 over the last 14 years, the Epic Games-powered engine should give Windows 8 and Winsows RT a jumpstart ahead of the OSs' October 26 release date.