Remember VRML?

Last month, Unity announced JavaScript and WebGL support in their new game engine, and showed off high-quality 3D game demos running in the browser with no plugins. Today, Microsoft and Ubisoft showed off their own WebGL game demo: Assassin's Creed Pirates, a sailing game optimized for touch-screen browsers. Microsoft's developer site has a promo video and loads of technical details.

[Disclosure: I work for Mozilla, which helped Unity develop the WebGL back-end for Unity 5.]

  1. Had a quick look in Firefox this morning, and it’s not all that inspiring as a game qua game, unfortunately, and the lighting tech is pretty primitive compared to say, that recent demo of Unreal engine running in-browser without plugins. Still, it shows the kind of stuff that’s becoming possible, and is pretty exciting — not as much, to me at least, in terms of gaming, but in terms of other creative stuff that people are going to be building into the web experience soon.

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