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Epic’s Fortnite Goes Free-To-Play, Alpha Sign-Ups Open

By Nathan Grayson on April 9th, 2014.

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH GRAY IN THIS GAME.

As Epic told me during GDC, sugar-cereal-colored buildy blaster Fortnite isn’t fourscore feet under, as a) that’d be total overkill and b) it’s doing just fine. After a lengthy period of radio silence, the Unreal Engine mega-maven has finally seen fit to re-reveal the game and begin taking sign-ups for an upcoming alpha. The biggest (noticeable) change so far? Fortnite is now officially free-to-play.

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Epic: Fortnite Has ‘Evolved,’ UE4 Inspired By Minecraft

By Nathan Grayson on March 25th, 2014.

Before GDC, Epic’s ubiquitous Unreal Engine was a walled garden. But that all changed when company president Johnny Epic waded into the conference crowd while bellowing, “You get an Unreal Engine and YOU get an Unreal Engine” to everyone in attendance. And then he chainsawed a life-size replica of traditional gaming industry business models in half. Or at least, that’s how I like to imagine it happened. I was asleep while John took the bullet of waking up at Ungodly O’ Clock to attend Epic’s presser. The takeaway, however, was obvious: Epic is trying to make its engine more accessible to everyone - full-time developers, part-time indies, and no-time hobbyists alike. I asked Epic engine GM Ray Davis how the studio plans to achieve that (hint: Minecraft) and also about where Fortnite‘s gone because I pretty much had to.

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Engine Wars! CryEngine Shifting To Cheap Subscription

By Craig Pearson on March 20th, 2014.

Other CryEngine games include Sniper Ghost Warrior 2, Aion: The Tower of Eternity, and WARFACE!

Who’d have thought game engines could be so competitive? We need Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura commenting on all this news from GDC. Following on from yesterday’s announcement that Epic will be releasing Unreal 4 on subscription for $19 per month plus a 5% share of the gross profits, Crytek has responded by announcing that their CryEngine will also be available on subscription, for the cryminally low price of $9.90 per month and no cuts from the profits. Is this the engine equivalent of Hulking up?

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Bouncy Sprites And Surface Tackiness: Unreal 4 Engine

By Craig Pearson on December 6th, 2013.


The Unreal 4 Engine is something you’ll be seeing a lot of in the next few years. All platforms, all devices, and probably even some high-end running shoes, will have its distinct shouldery shininess running away in the background. It will be the puppet master, pulling the strings of RPGs and FPSes and FPSeseseses. Frankly, it deserves some recognition, which is why Epic have been showing off its hidden secrets in a series of videos. Funnily enough, I was the last person on RPS to post one of these, and it’s a trend I’m happy to continue: the new video shows how some of the background of The Infiltrator demo was created, and I’ve embedded both below.
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Epic’s Fortnite Still Exists, Now At Bulletstorm Dev

By Nathan Grayson on November 2nd, 2013.

Do you see it? Behind that box. That stare bear is doing the stare bear stare, which is like a normal stare only bear stare bear stare stare bear bear bear stare stare bear stare

It has been far, far longer than a fortnight since we last heard even the slightest peep about Epic’s Fortnite. Many fortnights, in fact – enough to bridge the gap between last year’s PAX Prime and this very day. During that span, renowned puppy eater and fearless chainsaw-gun entrepreneur Cliff Bleszinski departed the studio for somehow greener pastures and also another Gears of War game came out or something I guess. The latter, however, was developed by Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly, who now happens to be on – you guessed it – Fornite. Also, they’ve been rechristened Epic Games Poland, a distinctly less optimistic (yet far more factually accurate) name, if you ask me.

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Fancy That: Unreal 4 Engine Trailer Is Spectacular

By Jim Rossignol on March 29th, 2013.


The purpose of Unreal 4′s increasingly elaborate vignette story trailers eludes me, since they are basically devoid of any game context, and might as well be rendered or something. However, I can’t deny that the latest – a leak spotted by the Big K – is an extraordinary sight. Go take a look, below.
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Crytek & Epic’s Tastes Of Tomorrow

By Alec Meer on March 26th, 2013.

Is that... Elvis?

Jim, John and Nathan are all out at GDC for RPS right now, but the lack of any news from them so far leads me to presume they are all either dead, kidnapped, hungover, hiding or trapped inside a branch of The Cheesecake Factory. So, while I’ve not been out there to see and thus usefully report on any of the following myself, I can at least once again do what is approximately 19% of my daily job, and resize video embed code to fit on our website.

This time it’s looks at what we can expect from Crytek’s Cryengine 3 and Epic’s Unreal don’t-call-it-4 Engine 4. I think you’ll all agree that Golfzon (above) is what we most want from the game engines of tomorrow. And if you don’t, some of the other stuff in there might well be more to your tastes.
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Patchy Like It’s 1998: Unreal 1 Updated

By Alec Meer on November 12th, 2012.

We don't need no tessellation

D’awww! My cockles are forever warmed by communities keeping olden games alive, and so it is that an email declaring the latest release of a fan-made, Epic-permitted patch of the original Unreal brought about my first smile of this dingy day. OldUnreal’s Patch 227 has been kicking around in various forms since 2008, but yesterday brought the first update to it in over a year.
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Make Something Unreal Live Is “Genetics and Genomics”

By Jim Rossignol on October 3rd, 2012.


This year’s Make Something Unreal Live is a competition “open to teams of six to 10 members consisting of current full-time university students.” The grand prize of full Unreal engine licences tasks entrants with making something from scratch using the Unreal engine, with the theme of “Our Mendelian inheritance: genetics and genomics.” The full brief is here. The reason for this theme is that the competition is now backed by The Wellcome Trust, the charitable foundation which promotes scientific ambition in the UK and around the world. Wellcome’s Dr. Daniel Glaser said of the alliance with Epic: “The Wellcome Trust is committed to using games and gaming culture as a means of engaging people with science, working to network the talent and knowledge of scientists and developers and offering a range of funding schemes.”

Science and games, together again: that’s an inter-disciplinary fist-bump, right there.

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People Can Buy: Epic Gobbles Up Painkiller Developers

By Craig Pearson on August 13th, 2012.

People Can Fry
This headline feels like it’s dropped in from from 2007. Back then Epic put a pile of money under a giant washing basket. Then Mark Rein waited with a length of string tied to a stick and hoped for a developer to wander underneath. Painkiller devs People Can Fly did, enticed by the money and banquet that Rein had seeded his trap with. But when the trap came tumbling down, PCF left a leg sticking out, so all Epic got was a bit of the company. As of today, Epic Games have trapped that missing leg and now fully own the Bulletstorm developers. They’ve bought the final chunk of the company from founder, Adrian Chmielarz.
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Fortnite’s Jessen Talks Minecraft, PC Gaming, UE4

By Nathan Grayson on July 20th, 2012.

It’s been ages since Epic last took up PC gaming’s banner and affixed some sort of completely bonkers weapon to it. Instead, the Unreal creator has been off duct-taping chainsaws to other platforms while we spill warm tears onto screenshots of Jazz The Jackrabbit. But no more. Epic recently announced that Fortnite – at least, for the time being – will be leading on PC and debuting Unreal Engine 4 to boot. So I had a massive chat with producer Tanya Jessen about that, during which we discussed Minecraft comparisons, the not-so-obvious benefits of Unreal Engine 4, Fortnite’s cartoony art style, online aspects, and why Epic never really left the PC behind. It’s all after the break.

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