Last week we learned from a tweet by Gameloft that their first title to use the Unreal Engine would be a game called March of Heroes. Unfortunately, the only information on the game was what was contained in those 140 characters or less. Based on the name alone, we felt it safe to assume that March of Heroes would be some sort of military first-person shooter, which isn’t much of a stretch considering that particular genre has flooded the market in recent years.

Today Gameloft has released a proper trailer for March of Heroes and – surprise! – it’s a military themed first-person shooter. Based on some of the visuals in the trailer, it looks like March of Heroes may take place during the Cold War era, similar to last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops.

The use of the Unreal Engine is definitely a huge upgrade from your typical Gameloft game, as their regular in-house engine has really started to become dated. I’m looking forward to seeing some more from March of Heroes, and seeing how this week is E3, I’m sure we’ll be getting tons of new information about this and other Gameloft titles. No release date or price has been set for March of Heroes, but we’ll bring you any news as we get it, and you can check out our forums for discussion of the game.

  • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

    The Question will be "Can Gameloft raise the Gameplay to a new Level by using the Engine from Epic?" It`s really Hard to tell by watching that Teaser Trailer.

  • Adams Immersive

    Present-day warfare depresses me as an entertainment topic (not opposed to it, don’t want to ban it... just not my personal first choice in fun). But this leaves me hopeful for more NOVA goodness! I think my favorite genre of game is class-based first-person team shooters... and there aren’t enough of those with a sci-fi theme!

  • backtothis

    Looks pretty epic so far. Graphics are definitely a step up from their previous graphics engine.
    Glad that Gameloft is doing more of what they're best at, quality FPS.

    • stunod0

      i agree cant wait for the game especially since mc2 was pretty good for most of the time

      • Gu

        mc2's multiplayer was legit

  • http://twitter.com/Kirkenjerk Ryeley Kuykendall

    In all honesty, the animations are much better. But if the character models are the same then count me out. The voice acting needs work too. 

  • Andiron

    I wonder what's up with that underwater scene?

    • Adams Immersive

      Divers or a mini-sub could be pretty neat, for variety.

    • Decoy Octopus

      I was thinking the samething

  • Guest

    It looks good , but the fact is Ipad 2 is the only idevice at this point  powerfull enough to run a Unreal Engine game with no graphics restrictions. So i think what we are seeing here is a lower graphic version so it can run with acceptable framerate on iphone,ipod.

    • Rex Overbey

      Unreal Engine runs fine on Tegra 2.  Look at Shadowgun and tell me this looks better.

  • Guest

    It looks good , but the fact is Ipad 2 is the only idevice at this point  powerfull enough to run a Unreal Engine game with no graphics restrictions. So i think what we are seeing here is a lower graphic version so it can run with acceptable framerate on iphone,ipod.

    • Coron

      Haha as if this junk would need an iPad 2 to run. This looks like a 2 year old game.

    • Coron

      Haha as if this junk would need an iPad 2 to run. This looks like a 2 year old game.

    • Anonymous

      What? The iPad 2 wasn't even out when the Unreal Engine 3 was released for iOS. My iPad runs Infinity Blade fine.

      • vimy

        its not a direct link s you may think
        UDK is an engine or a physics world where you build a game.
        the models are made outside of udk and brought in
        the terrain also, if its more complex than a straight plane, is usually also modeled and made from static meshes and this also needs power and is brought into game

        UDK has an IOS editing tool which is ideal for the platform and the designers can plug there idevices direct to pc and try it out to make sure all is well

        in othwords, UDK is not what will take the power to run, you can run it well on 400 meghz pc. UDK is great tool for building IOS. Easier than UNITY for beginners.
        what is brought into it as per models terrain and effects is what will decide where it will wofGameloft is good at scaling models down for the phone, udk provides them a state of the art engine to build it in, should be a no brainer.

        looks very pretty what they have done.
        Gameloft wll most likly make there game for 3gs and up., perhaps a seperate ipad version.(liklynreal 2003 is not UDK, UDK is updated almost every month and is much more advanced than in 2003. Runs better than ever if you ask me.

        before you ask, I have no affiliation whatsoever with them,
        I think if you hav e a 3gs or better you should be fine, Gameloft is very experienced and would not likly waste developmental money on something without maximising client base.

  • Anonymous

    That looked like the most boring, generic war shooter I've ever seen. Not impressed, hopefully there is something to this that they haven't shown us yet.

  • gee

    graphically its not looking too good, its just a trailer though, lets see what the final product holds.

    • LBG

      Not looking too good, compared to what? Name a FPS on iOS that looks better than this.

      • gee

        true, but look at infinity blade it looks awesome, they should follow the same steps, only then will IOS games stand up to the crowd

      • Anonymous

        "To be fair, an fps like this would likely use far more system resources, from CPU, GPU and RAM than something like Infinity Blade. When you look at IF, its much simpler in terms of whats going on - just 2 characters on screen, slower action, less AI, and environments were not really explorable in a free roam manner (in IF they likely cheated by only modelling and texturing what can be seen). Obviously that meant a graphical hit to get sufficient performance."

      • LBG

        Infinity blade may look awesome, but it comes at a price. I'd rather play a good looking FPS where you can move yourself and have multiple enemies on-screen than a great looking fighting game where your movement is on-rails with little content and extremely repetitive gameplay.

  • Anonymous

    Very impressive.  The city shots makes me think Ubisoft could easily make a legit Assassins Creed game for this platform.

  • Coron

    Meh looks like your typical Gameloft crap, the graphics aren't anywhere near "great", average at best. UE3 can do much more than this bland, blocky mess. Pass.

  • Coron

    Meh looks like your typical Gameloft crap, the graphics aren't anywhere near "great", average at best. UE3 can do much more than this bland, blocky mess. Pass.

    • Decoy Octopus

      Maybe if comsumers would pay more than 99 cents for a game we would see those amazing graphics your talking about. What do you expect when Gameloft typically sells their games at $6.99?

      • Coron

        6.99 sounds more than 99 cents to me. And uuh, I don't know what I expect, maybe graphics on the level that other developers are apparently able to deliver? Whatever your point is, it doesn't change the fact this looks like crap.

      • Decoy Octopus

        Id like to know which games besides Infinity Blade and Rage HD that look better than this game.

      • Vimyvimy

        it not money issue.
        3 million copies at 99 cents equals a success.

        they need to build a pretty big world for a device that is limited at best.
        IPHONE was not orriginaly though of as a gaming platform., only with 3gs and better that it became worthy.

        STILL

        As much as I try to like gameloft, generally I find there games are not fun.
        I bought many, but finished few, (if any come to think of it) I get bored and this is an issue of pour game design. Nothing to do with engines or models.

  • Maple9988

    well actually i thought grahpics would be like good as other unreal engine but whatever
    i still going to buy this thing and play it for about week and finish the story mode and realize i wasted my money on other gameloft game

  • Maple9988

    but yeah graphics for maps and other stuffs looks really good only problem with me with this game is the way the gun look so far.... i wish they could make guns looks like more real

  • Strikeracer

    Graphics look a teeny bit better. But the framerate looks dreadful compared to MC2, Whereas MC2 had a fluid 60fps (frames per second), this seems to have around 25-35fps. Shadowing is a bit better, explosions look worse. But destructible environments and vehicles will convince me to buy it. I look forward to 9mm and Silent Ops more.

    • Anonymous

      It's called slow motion.  I don't see anything wrong with the framerate.

  • Macaroon

    Hmmm, how could Chair, using the exact same engine, make Infinity Blade look so classy, and yet Gameloft have managed to make their Unreal debut look like just a slightly up-graded version of the same thing we have been fed from them a hundred times over...

    • nizy

      To be fair, an fps like this would likely use far more system resources, from CPU, GPU and RAM than something like Infinity Blade. When you look at IF, its much simpler in terms of whats going on - just 2 characters on screen, slower action, less AI, and environments were not really explorable in a free roam manner (in IF they likely cheated by only modelling and texturing what can be seen). Obviously that meant a graphical hit to get sufficient performance.

      • Macaroon

        I see. I genuinely had no idea. Thanks for clearing that up: )

    • Anonymous

      Gameloft sucks?  I don't know why people keep buying their games.  Bad graphics, bad stories, bad presentation, bad audio, and most of all bad controls.  Everything about their games indicates blatant cash grabs with a minimal amount of effort put into the product - just enough to get people to not feel totally ripped off.

      That said, this actually doesn't look to bad. I have little doubt though that Gameloft has simply chosen a new graphics engine, and the other deplorable qualities of their games will remain.

  • Rtrewgfe

    graphics still look too colorful, war isnt war colorful its bland and grim and real

  • http://www.mooedia.co.uk Tom - mooedia

    Im going to reserve my judgement on this one till its out doing the rounds. Gameloft can make good FPS's, loved modern combat 2, but they all look the same at the end of the day. And this looks no different. Will see what its like when its out.

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile... Apple announces new notifications, new Game Center, new camera button, PC Free, iCloud etc in iOS5. Get on it guys!

    • Vimy

      is it me or is it just repackaging the same bs.

      I love mac, great work invironment but their hype is never ending

  • Anonymous

    THIS LOOKS STUNNING.  Haters will hate, but I can't believe that some of the above commenters actually watched the trailer.  The fact that they can be so sure about the game's final product from a freaking teaser... jeez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Falconer/100000873771898 Rick Falconer

    It looks good but certain elements could look better. (What's with the Lego explosion? Lol!) I'm more concerned about Gameplay than graphics. Gameplay is Gameloft's Achilles heal! I'm a huge fan of Modern Combat 2. They got that right graphically but teleporting soldiers are unacceptable! This game looks like it has potential but doesn't look action-packed. It looks like stop n' go FPS. I will still definately be buying it.

  • Anonymous

    such a great engine and such a low-poly fail from gameloft. i hope they reconsider the model complexity for their games.

    • vimy

      its for the ipod one gamers

  • Plasmakirby3

    Shadowgun looks a thousand times better than this and it uses the Unity Engine...

    • vimy

      modeling is not the same thing as engine
      also
      Shadowgun is going to loose its shine if it wants to release to maximum number of users. As I understand it at present it only runs well on IPAD2

      • BruteOutlawz

        "i understand it at present it only runs well on IPAD2"

        Thats not true, the developers have already stated that its running @30 fps on a ipod touch 4g. which is acceptable if you ask me

  • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO VOICE MY RAGE OVER THIS GAMELOFT TEASER TRAILER

  • YakiYamamato

    Remember to support your troops.  Why?  Because the American media tells you so a thousand times a day in an amazing display of modern propoganda.  Never mind that they are simply weak willed followers who take orders from Obama, a man who promised change and only meant you get his two cents.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because things would have been so much better had MCcain and Satan I mean, Palin been on board instead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dimitris-Katsafouros/666754640 Dimitris Katsafouros

    This game begs for an art director...
    Gameloft is proof that no matter how many resources you have you still need to have some talent to get advantage of it.

  • Anjoroge

    I can't believe they stole the menu music from Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes. Seems that they can't even come up with original music

    • gee

      lol

  • Briker Ed

    Okay, they upgraded to a new engine.... Let's see if they can actually come up with some fresh ideas for once. I'm not holding my breath though.

  • Metro3001

    Seems to me that gameloft's focus is on pushing out as many new games as possible rather than polishing games up to an excellent standard. This is due to the app grazing mentality we have with our mobile apps (not just games). This in turn keeps prices down. I'm glad Chair came along with Infinity Blade to show developers and publishers that it doesn't have to be that way. There are a few excellent games for mobile such as Dead Space, Lara Croft, Grand Theft Auto, and Rage. It would be great if Gameloft would take their time and really polish up one of their new properties. It could be great.
    Looking at this video though, it's clearly not happening here.. the trees are made of two flat planes stuck together at right angles, the rock walls are simple geometric shapes without any variations. I can see textures repeating on the roof of the huts. Making this game on the UDK is not going to improve the game design or the feel of the world if they don't make more of an effort.

  • Jmslovatt

    Still looks like a gameloft shooter. Aside from a handful of new lighting effects and some extra particles, if I didn't know better I would have thought it was modern combat 2 (or whatever their previous one was called)

  • http://twitter.com/Dune_001 Jase Wayne

    well that was disappointing

  • trent reznor

    i dont understand why you have to press a button to look down the gun sights on a hand-held touch screen: shooters can work well without that feature, and it is just cumbersome on an iphone  duhhhh

    what would be really nice is using the iphones volume buttons as shooting buttons

    • BruteOutlawz

      While it would be nice to have shoulder buttons, i expect that the amount of idevices getting dropped would increase. have you actually tried playing a fps on idevices and pressing the volume buttons as if your firing? its not a good feel, it just feels awkward.

  • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

    Modern Combat 3 with a different name and slightly better graphics... This is obviously the best version they have to show so I don't want to think what's going to look like on third gen devices...

    BTW@toucharcade:twitter : When will we see the so promised overwhelming wave of news and games from E3 and WWDC?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Well, E3 started about an hour ago and we've been meeting with people at WWDC all day!

      • http://twitter.com/NOVAinc Lucas

        Awesome, I just started seeing the new articles arriving

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marshall-Pope/100000602530531 Marshall Pope

    So is anyone actually going to answer the question about what is better?  Several have asked, much more have commented that it looks old and outdated or that the graphics are shoddy...but when asked for what looks better the only answer so far is an on-rails game with very little going on outside the main character and the single enemy at a time. Not trying to stir trouble I'd just really like to know I havent found a free roaming fps on the iphone or ipad that looks better than this and if it exists I would like to buy it.

  • Johnny101

    I don't why there are so many negative comments. It looks like a good FPS game to me! I admit some of Gameloft's games are generic but this one looks pretty good.

  • heyday72

    Man that theme music from the March of Heroes trailer gave me goose bumps. Its the first time i had more attention to the music than the graphics. If this theme is in the game, i buy it just for that only allone. Please let it be, its a unbelieveble score. Gameloft do you hear me, i want that score in the game!! please!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-VQFXdlBIQ&feature=related
    click on this link and dream away on the orcestra.
     

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-VQFXdlBIQ&feature=related
    click on this link for the trailer, never was more exiting about the music than the graphics or gameplay. Man i had goose bumps when i heard it. Gameloft, is this the in game music? Please let it be. I buy it only for this allone.