If you were watching the WWDC keynote or read anything about it afterwards, Epic's Zen Garden is likely old news. It's a tech demo that Epic put together to show off just how much more you can do with graphics in iOS games when you use iOS 8's new Metal feature, which allows developers to push existing iOS hardware way further. Like all tech demos, particularly those shown at an event like a keynote, it's natural to be at least a little skeptical about whether or not what you're seeing is real.

Well, it is. We ran in to Epic today and got a look at Zen Garden and it really does look just as good as it did during the keynote. Here's some video if you need proof:

Details surrounding the release of Zen Garden haven't been released, but I think it's safe to assume it'll launch along side iOS 8 this fall.

  • Twister

    This is what i call "bullshit"

    • http://www.mislaplus.tumblr.com damjancd

      why?

      • TerriBackettnyt

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      • SheenaJeetyib

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        monday I got a gorgeous Peugeot 205 GTi after having earned $6860 this past 4
        weeks an would you believe ten-k this past-month . with-out a doubt this is the
        easiest-job I've ever had . I actually started six months/ago and pretty much
        immediately started to bring in minimum $84... p/h . Read More Here F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • PresidentZer0

    Will there be an actual garden warfare game or was it just a tech demo

    • MajorCheevo

      Most likely there will be. They already announced coming to playstation.

    • falco

      Wtf I don't need Guns and blood in this !!

  • Poo

    Look at her sexy shoes.

    • gmattergames

      Shoes? Had my eyes on them legs. Seriously, this is not BS, it's the showpiece for Epic's middleware tech, just as Epic Citadel showed the possibilities prior to Chair's use in Infinity Blade.

      • iammane

        Ok good I wasn't the only one lolol...

      • PureRumble

        Ok guilty here too, that zen garden demo had about only 35% of my attention (^_^)

  • Alexythimia23

    Wow beautiful demo, looking forward to see how much this can improve graphics and the aesthetics in game, so when does anyone know when metal is officially launching? Is it available now??

    • darkcrayon

      It's part of iOS 8. Developers can begin working with it now.

      • Alexythimia23

        Thanks for the reply dude :)

  • thiagovscoelho

    mandatory PvZ mention

  • darkcrayon

    Would be interesting to know if Apple is *ahem* "suggesting" to some other game developers to make something amazing using Metal.

  • Eseres

    Now, I don't know if these graphics are only possible on a demo like this or a small app. But to me, this meens that the graphics on mobile devices can be a lot better than we have seen in some previous games. The excuse that a mobile device could not run games like lets say for example a classic Hitman game is completely bogus to me. This is proof that gaming on mobile devices will take a huge leap if not already this year, then it will happen pretty soon some time next year.

    This also meens to me that developers should start making more premium games and port more games from consols and PC. Im not saying that they should stop making F2P games, but come on... Some of us does not mind paying for our games, as long as its worth the asking price.

    So, come on, developers!!! Hit us with some cool stuff now!! We're all growing tired of clones and stuff we've seen a hundred times before. The age of mobile device gaming is obviously catching up to what we've seen in the last generations of consol games. You'll have to have a PS4/XboxOne/PC to top what you see in this demo right here...

    • ex2bot

      This allows game developers to use the full power of the graphics GPU on the newest phones and iPads, but it takes work and expertise. Console developers like Epic can do this.

  • spokentruths772

    DEM LEGS DOE

  • ImJPaul

    A lot of you need to get out more. Genuinely disturbed by the fact that there's more comments on a woman's shoes/feet/legs then the potential this tech brings.

    • Jake7905

      Internet comments.......you got to love 'em!

      • V for Viennetta

        Thought they were Eli's feet, until they walked off & he carried on talking.

      • PureRumble

        aouch! :-P That was low!

    • PureRumble

      Dont know how getting out more would cure this... "Affliction" :-D

      And oh before anyone takes a strike: i do get out a lot.

  • Alexander Radom

    Overall very cool but sadly it's a A7 only feature (if I remember correctly) which means that we see games that using it not at the moment, unless the developer doing the same game graphics on two different API's. I think in the most cases the developers will stick to the old OpenGL API to have support for older devices.

  • Zenfar

    Really jealous of you Eli very EPIC to get a hands in with this so early