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Unreal Engine’s free Core game creation tool comes to macOS and iOS


Core is a game-development tool previously limited to PCs.
Core is a game-development tool previously limited to PCs.
Photo: Manticore Games

Core is a free tool for creating games that runs on Unreal Engine, which is only available on PC. But as part of its one-year anniversary, developer Manticore Games said Friday that Core is coming to macOS and iOS in summer 2022.

When Mac, iPhone and iPad get Core, gamers will be able to cross-play between versions with Windows gamers, Manticore said. And developers can start playing with Core for iOS on Friday.

Free Core game creation tool comes to Mac, iPhone and iPad

So, starting this summer, anybody can create and play games using the Unreal Engine on iOS and Mac. Core, a free and currently PC-only app, is available on the Epic Games Store.

Core itself is a free game with a built-in system for creating games. As of Friday, Manticore Games said there are more than 50,000 “games, worlds, and events” that you can check out in its world.

And starting Friday, developers who want to get started on creating mobile experiences using Core can work via early access with a new suite of iOS optimization tools.

Core is not the only platform making metaverse-like games more accessible. Meta recently announced its Horizon Worlds, currently only available via VR headset, is coming to web and mobile. Roblox, long available on a variety of platforms, may soon come to PlayStation.

Perhaps virtual worlds will surface more and more on Apple devices.

But Manticore has not yet set a date when the expansion becomes available to Apple users.

For gameplay, Manticore Games recommends a computer with a Core i5-7400, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or AMD equivalent. A device with at least 16GB of RAM is recommended. Most Macs made after 2016 will be able to run Core, as will iPhone XR and newer models.

Hey, in the meantime, check out some of the latest fun in Apple Arcade.


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