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Posts tagged “Unreal Engine”

A few Unreal tweaks to make The Outer Worlds better

I spent a good part of the weekend exploring The Outer Worlds. Just pottering about, as you do, looking for space adventures and feeling bad about the dead sprats (until I met a large and angry one, and now they all need to die). I also spent some of that time changing the game to my liking, and what I couldn’t do in the settings,…

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Unity say Improbable games don’t need to shut down after all, as Epic offer devs cash to go Unreal

Games built in Unity using Improbable's SpatialOS cloud server platform will not need to shut down, Unity's makers have stated. Improbable claimed yesterday that a recent change in the popular game creation software's rules would bar developers from using their cloud multiplayer services. This caused a big panic yesterday for developers who yesterday suddenly thought they might need to kill their games. Unity say it's…

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I have seen the future of videogame graphics, and it is this plant

I'm in the midst of an existential crisis about videogame graphics. For so many years, I've nodded and bought into new technology, swallowing the line that because it looks prettier, it must be better. Why do I need, say, HDR now, when I was floored by 256 colours in 1993? Is there anything at all to support the idea that better graphics mean more contented…

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Feature: 20 years later...

A retrospective of Unreal, from the people who made it

Unreal turned 20 years old this month. The extraterrestrial first-person shooter spawned (and showcased) a game engine whose descendants still motor on today. To commemorate all those screaming prisoners and innocent alien creatures killed at the hands of jumpy players, I got in touch with a handful of the original team and asked them to share their memories of making the first Skaarj conflict. This…

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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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Exhibit an Unreal game at EGX Rezzed and get 2x space

EGX Rezzed returns on April 13th to 15th 2018 to pack London’s Tobacco Dock with PC games. If you're hoping to attend, tickets are on sale now. If you're hoping to exhibit a game you're working on, then there's good news if your game is being built in the Unreal engine. Epic are partnering with the show again this year to offer a 2-for-1 scheme…

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Watch: System Shock Reboot rebooted in Unreal

Am I being a mad old man or does this look quite different to the bluer, brighter, System Shockier demo put out to publicise Night Dive's System Shock Reboot [official site] Kickstarter last Summer? In this matter at least, I am confident my sanity is unaffected. For as well as an apparent shift in its art direction to something more traditionally sci-fi/horror, SSR has hopped…

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Epic Games announce tactical bosher Battle Breakers

As the press release sharks swim around our heels on the opening of GDC, one of them has gone in for a testing nip. Battle Breakers [official site] is an upcoming tactical RPG, Epic Games have announced. It’s done in the flavour of Saturday morning sci-fi cartoons of the 80s, they say - a turn-based battler about taking back your Kingdom from space monsters. It…

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Feature: The Epic outdoors

The Great Outdoors: Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney And Scans Of Scot-Zealand

In the furnished upper floor of the Epic booth at this year's GDC I sat down with company founder, Tim Sweeney. We were there – indoors and down a flight of stairs – to discuss the great outdoors. I wanted to know more about the challenges of producing outdoor environments using a game engine, how Epic themselves approach the challenge, and what the big areas…

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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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Unity 5 Is Out Now, Has Free No-Royalty “Personal Edition”

I'm at a Unity [official site] special event at GDC and I've had a donut for breakfast. Take everything I'm writing below with a pinch of the sugar rushing through my veins, but Unity have just announced that Unity 5 is available to download now and that there's a free, no-royalty Personal Edition for use by small companies. There's a livestream of the event and…

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Feature: With a shiny new map too

Unreal ‘Free’ To Devs, Unreal Tournament Free To All

Even the tallest of titans couldn't stand against the tide of free game-making for long. With so many developers turning to Unity to make their own games, and Unity's capabilities improving rapidly, Ye Olde Unreal Engine was starting to look like something of a dinosaur despite being the go-to framework for a great many blockbuster action titles. And now it, too, is free, albeit with…

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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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The Unreally Real Deal

VG247 have talked to Mark Rein about the Unreal Engine deal with EA. The deal apparently includes use of the latest Unreal tech in more than five different titles. Rein also says some other stuff about Epic's current position: ““I think what excites me most about the engine licensing business today isn’t just that we’re doing a large number of licenses with companies like EA,…

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