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Unreal Engine 4

6 months ago

Epic set Paragon assets free for Unreal Engine games

Parts of Epic's third-person shooter MOBA Paragon will survive after the game shuts down in April. Epic today released thousands of Paragon's character models, map props, textures, voiced lines, and more free for all Unreal Engine 4 games to use. If you're prototyping or could use a few bits to spruce your game up, hey, have a dig. Epic say it cost them over $12,000,000…

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2 years ago

Gearbox show off a little new Borderlands technology

Gearbox Software have opened up a little more about the next Borderlands, after yonks of mutters and murmurs. Well, about some of its technology. Potentially. Gearbox head honch Randy Pitchford showed off some of the Unreal Engine 4 tech "that will power the next Borderlands game" during Epic's 'State of Unreal' presentation at the Game Developers Conference yesterday. Gearbox have been working on lighting with…

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Hey, These Procedural Trees Are Cool

Friday afternoon is as good a time as any to ask: fancy seeing some cool trees? I've got some cool procedurally-generated trees to show you. You want to see some realistic 3D trees with dynamic fruit and falling-to-pieces? I can show you those. Fancy some eerie neon pixeltrees which mmmay be sentient? I've got those too. Lots of good trees today, my friend.

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Mos Eisley Recreated By Obsidian Artists Just For Fun

Spaceports are en vogue today. Some environment artists at Obsidian have thrown together a faithful and playable recreation of the docking bay from Mos Eisley using Unreal Engine 4, along with some other places in the desert town (including an eerily empty cantina). It’s a personal project, they say, so nothing to do with anything the company is currently creating. But as something you can…

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3 years ago

Handbuilt: Unreal Engine Editor Going VR

Making games is easy, everyone knows. Developers write a letter to their computer saying what they want and draw it a few pictures, then the computer does all the hard work. But soon, all people will have to do is wave their arms about! Virtual reality is coming to the Unreal Engine 4 editor, letting folks step inside their worlds as they build them with…

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Epic Set Infinity Blade Assets Free For Unreal Engine 4

Gosh, this is quite nice. Thousands of assets from Epic and ChAIR's mobile series Infinity Blade [official site] have hit the Unreal Engine marketplace. That's roughly $3 million in art and sound design, Epic say, available for free for you to play around with. Isn't that nice? Imagine what you can do with all that stuff! Think of all the hi-def swords you can add…

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Feature: And it's worth celebrating.

Photorealism Is Crucial To Games

Global illumination. Volumetric clouds. Sub-surface scattering. These are words that make me hot. But I know this feeling is forbidden. I should care about games, not the empty pursuit of photorealism. But oh my, it’s so exciting, and not empty. In fact, I think that right now photorealism is becoming crucial to games, and that we should celebrate it.

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4 years ago

Less Unreal: Unreal Engine 4.5 Released

Thank you, Epic. Finally, someone has listened to me. I've said for years that games should use automatic C++ hot reload, but everyone's just copied Gears of War's reload. Animation retargeting too, very important that for twitch aiming. And streaming video textures mean livestreams should run at 60fps even in 1080p! Unreal Engine 4.5 is the game engine we've all been waiting for. That's all…

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Open Call: Epic Offering EGX Floor Space To Unreal Devs

At any big gaming conference or expo I've been to there's been a strong dividing line between mainstream and indie. Both are awful labels, but for sake of simplicity: the former fills cavernous halls with booths, music, and major publisher money, while the latter normally finds itself a corner of carefully curated darlings, most featuring sprite graphics and other symbols signalling that the game is…

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Mod Is Real: Unreal Tournament 2014 Announced, Free

Update: It's Unreal Tournament 2014, an entirely free sequel. Not free-to-play. No microtransactions whatsoever, apparently. Epic will make money by taking cuts from a user-driven mod marketplace. The game is extremely early, and Epic plans to develop it alongside fans. Original: Epic is about to announce something involving Unreal Tournament. Normally that would mean I'd be typing at you live from some extravagant Epic-rented volcano yacht in the Baltic…

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EVE Valkyrie Goes UE4, Picks Up Battlestar’s Starbuck

I've played EVE Valkyrie at so many events that, last time I climbed into its virtual cockpit (GDC), I immediately decided I'd try and break it. Mostly, this entailed me standing up and seeing if my "head" would pass right through the cockpit's glass, and - much to my surprise and elation - it did. Sadly, I did not immediately die of explosive decompression. Oh…

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Golly Gee: BioShock And Deus Ex Sure Look Nice In UE4

Sometimes you want to charge guns, swords, and words a-blazin into a game world and tame the land until Iron Maiden writes a song about you. Other times, you just want to heft your heavy eyelids, sip a light tea, and gently sail through friendly old places made new again. You've got a long day ahead of you, but you don't have to venture out…

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Dead Crusade Is Medieval Co-op Meets The Black Death

Dead Crusade is a game that aims to make two great tastes go great together. I mean, crusades have historically ended well, and who could forget all the wonderful times that were had in spite of the Black Death ravaging the European countryside and taking an estimated 75-200 million people? Now, while Dead Crusade uses that insidious murder plague as a backdrop for co-op first-or-third-person…

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

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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5 years ago

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

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…

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Engine Wars! CryEngine Shifting To Cheap Subscription

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…

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Epic Announces Dramatic Changes To Unreal Engine 4

Update: Now with trailer. Epic has announced today that Unreal Engine 4 is to dramatically change its licensing model. From now on anyone can subscribe to Unreal Engine 4 for $19 a month, and then release those games commercially for a 5% gross revenue share with the developer. This means that indies no longer need to stick with the Unreal Development Kit, but get the…

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Unreal 4 Video Contains Zero Explosions

Our previous look at the Unreal Engine 4 in action was the hyper-dramatic Infiltrator demo. It was sci-fi, it was 50 bajillion shades of grey, it was quite a spectacular piece of machinima that I totally want to play. This time around, there's almost no action or budget: just a couple of members of the development team talking about the engine's material layering capabilities. Where…

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6 years ago

Feature: Zero Shades Of Grimdark Gray

Fortnite: PC ‘First And Foremost,’ Launching As Beta

Generally speaking, Epic's a company that likes to put its best foot forward. When it debuts a new game or engine, everything's polished to a gloriously gritty sheen - even if a look behind the curtain tells an entirely different tale. So Fortnite's PAX presentation was - for many reasons - a strong reminder that the crayola-colored survivor is Different. It began, for instance, with…

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