Keep an eye on Cliff Bleszinski’s twitter account tomorrow, as he posted a mysterious “Thursday is going to be Jazzy. Might even be rabbity…” announcement on it today.
Update: So, what happened was that Epic released an update for their engine to make it compatible with iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, and they used a Jazz Jackrabbit demo to show it off! Check out some screenshots over at Joystiq.
It’s hard to say much about the demo based on just screenshots, but it looks like Epic at least got the colourful look right. The company has a history of turning tech demos into full-blown releases, so who knows…
Edit: Video! here
Extra edit: Quoth Mark Rein, big boss of Epic Games (emphasis ours):
Just to be certain: this is not intended to be the start of a new Jazz Jackrabbit game from Epic. Shane wanted to make a tutorial to showing how you could use Unreal Kismet to whip up a quick little game prototype for iOS. He and Cliff thought it would be funny to use Jazz as the character for it. He did a great job on it and it turned out to be a fantastic tutorial on how to use Unreal Kismet, the powerful visual scripting tool in Unreal Engine 3.
News Never Stops: Quoth ClifferyB:
Think of this as a way of testing the waters for interest. You never know. I’m open to finding a right partner who could potentially bring Jazz back. I’ve been talking to some industry friends who are poking around.
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Eat your lima beans, Johnny.