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Unreal Engine aiming to be 'next level' Minecraft

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Unreal Engine aiming to be 'next level' Minecraft

Unreal Engine is generally seen as a powerhouse that fuels big-budget blockbusters, but Epic has made moves to open it to a wider range of users with the recent announcement of a subscription model. Engine general manager Ray Davis said this is part of an effort to make the engine more accessible, and that it's been inspired by more simple building game tools like Minecraft.

Read more: Trying to craft "an equally fun experience" »

"Yeah; I sighed at the title at first, thinking it was a reference to Fortnite, but making level ..."
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Unreal Engine 4's latest tools demoed in new video

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Unreal Engine 4's latest tools demoed in new video

Unreal Engine moving to a monthly subscription model wasn't the only update to Epic's middleware SDK. The engine has been updated to natively support Oculus Rift, and adds some new features, like a new material system, Blueprints, and level building.

In a new video released by Epic, Zak Parrish walks through some of the new features of the Unreal Engine's latest iteration.

Watch: Next-gen graphix »

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Unreal Engine 4 now available via monthly subscription model

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Unreal Engine 4 now available via monthly subscription model

Developers that are interested in making games off Unreal Engine will be able to do so for cheap through a new monthly subscription model. For $19/month, you can have access to "everything," including the engine's complete C++ source code.

Once your game is ready to ship, you'll pay a royalty: 5% of the gross revenue of your game. Unreal Engine 4 is available right now.

Read more: 'Aimed at early adopters' »

"how anyone manages to ship anything without a lot of programming support would be amazing ..."
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Epic shows Unreal 4 Engine running in-browser

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Epic shows Unreal 4 Engine running in-browser

Epic has been making a push for browsers to support its popular Unreal Engine. To that end, Mozilla and Epic have teamed up to show a demo of UE4 demos running in the Firefox browser without plugins.

Watch: Epic's Soul and Swing Ninja in-browser »

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Unreal Engine 3 HTML 5 tech demo released

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Unreal Engine 3 HTML 5 tech demo released

"The Unreal Engine running in a browser without any plugins, purely on HTML 5, WebGL and JavaScript? Pull the other one, lass, it's got bells on," says someone or other. "I bet you believe everything The Man tells you." No, curious character! It's real and everything! Why, you can see for yourself, as Epic has released a browser version of its old UE3 tech demo Epic Citadel for us all to marvel at.

Read more: If you have the correct browser, that is »

"It has great performance at 5760x1080 on FF nightly, but it calculates FOV badly so it's really ..."
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PS4 'isn't quite as powerful as Epic was hoping for,' Digital Foundry reports

PS4 'isn't quite as powerful as Epic was hoping for,' Digital Foundry reports

Although Epic Games publicly has high praise for PS4, the wizards at Digital Foundry have determined that maybe "the next generation of console hardware isn't quite as powerful as Epic was hoping for." How did they come to this conclusion? By comparing the first Unreal Engine 4 tech demo, running on a PC equipped with an Nvidia GTX 680, with the latest presentation running on a PlayStation. By analyzing the two, minute differences where the PS4 comes short can be found.

Watch: PS4 vs PC »

"Only really noticed Tessellation, Depth of Field, and some lighting issues the rest were about ..."
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Epic Games VP explains why PS4 is like 'the world's best PC'

Epic Games VP explains why PS4 is like 'the world's best PC'

One of the biggest changes for the upcoming console generation is the switch to x86 architecture. That means working on PS4 (and likely the next Xbox) will be very similar to working on a PC. Already, Far Cry 3's tech director has spoken out on how great a decision that is. But what does Epic Games--developer of the near-ubiquitous Unreal Engine--have to say about it? Well, they're gushing as well.

"It's really important for us because we know the PC, we know the evolution of the PC and we work closely with those vendors on those parts," Epic VP Mark Rein said. "There's nothing that we have to guess about--we know what the processors can do, we know what the CPUs can do and we're using those same parts on the actual development hardware that we use. It just makes it a lot smoother and it also means we can build on our particular strength."

Read more: 'We can do crazy, ridiculous stuff' »

"It also had things like tesselation and some other features that didn't hit until the next gen."
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Unreal Engine 4 to support HTML 5, will be 'end of drivers'

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Unreal Engine 4 to support HTML 5, will be 'end of drivers'

At its Game Developers Conference presentation, Epic Games announced details about the scalability and ease-of-use tools of its upcoming Unreal Engine 4. The company went into great detail about the engine's capabilities, and showed off a new trailer to illustrate its strengths.

Read more: Tools for easier animation, AI, and navigation »

"It depends on the browser and platform. It's up for a browser to use hardware acceleration. For ..."
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Unreal Engine 4 shown off in Infiltrator trailer

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Unreal Engine 4 shown off in Infiltrator trailer

Epic Games showed off all the bells and whistles of its Unreal Engine 4 at GDC this week, giving developers an up close look at the ease of use of the tools and just how realistic the technology can make game look.

To emphasize the point, Epic's Mark Rein closed the presentation with a fairly long "Infiltrator" trailer showing a spy making his way into a factory of sorts. The spy has a cool gadget that reflected images to hide his location. The trailer showed off quite a bit of the tools that had been showed previously. At the end, the dropped some of the pretty art to show the trailer in a wire mesh that was so complicated that even the highest end graphics card had trouble processing it in real time.

Watch: The Unreal Engine 4 in action »

"What the heck is a game play camera, and how do you get "in" it?"
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Heavy Gear Assault shows off Unreal Engine 4 trailer

Heavy Gear Assault shows off Unreal Engine 4 trailer

Heavy Gear Assault, the mech game that recently announced crowd-funding plans, will be based on Unreal Engine 4. MekTek Studios and the perfectly named Stompy Bot Productions announced use of the engine today, and released a new trailer to show off just what it can do with UE4 behind it. It takes a lot of horsepower to make a robot rollerskate.

Watch: Rollerskating robots backed by UE4 »

"I loved and miss heavy gear. So fucking awesome. Amazing music too. "
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Primal Carnage: Genesis brings dinosaurs to PS4 and PC

Primal Carnage: Genesis brings dinosaurs to PS4 and PC

It's time to fight more dinosaurs. At a PlayStation "Indie Arcade" event at GDC 2013, Lukewarm Media revealed Primal Carnage: Genesis--an Unreal Engine 4-powered single-player follow-up to its multiplayer shooter.

Coming to both PS4 and PC, the game aims to "resurrect the immersive dinosaur first person experience that people have been waiting for" across a mix of tropical and man-made environments. Instead of coming in a traditional $60 box, Lukewarm plans to release the adventure episodically.

Watch: Unreal Engine 4-powered dinosaurs »

"man that fighter was awesome. it was near the end of the snes life so it wasnt as popular"
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Epic releases 'Epic Citadel' for Android

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Epic releases 'Epic Citadel' for Android

Epic has decided to show off its Unreal Engine 3 tech on Android, with the release of Epic Citadel for Android devices. The free app offers plenty of pretty visuals, and houses a few new features to boot.

Read more: New 'benchmarking mode' available »

"43.3 FPS on my HTC Amaze 4G (960x540). High Performance. Looks pretty good!"
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Epic launches Seattle studio to push Unreal Engine 4 development

Epic launches Seattle studio to push Unreal Engine 4 development

Epic Games has announced the formation of an as-of-yet unnamed Seattle studio that will focus on further developing Unreal Engine 4 technology. The studio is hiring, looking in particular for senior-level people with experience in online game services and infrastructure.

Read more: 'The perfect locale' for a new studio »

"Given the recent layoffs in that area, I'm sure they won't have any problems filling those jobs."
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The 'philosophical' improvements of Unreal Engine 4

The 'philosophical' improvements of Unreal Engine 4

As this generation comes to a close, Epic's next multiplatform engine is starting to take shape. Unreal Engine 4 is the next iteration of Epic's popular game engine, and it promises to do more than make games look prettier.

"The biggest improvement in Unreal Engine 4 is philosophical," Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney said. "We want designers and creative people to take charge of as much of the game production process as possible."

Read more: 'We want designers and creative people to take charge' »

"I sighed at Sweeney's "connectedness" remark. The current generation's idea of "connectedness" ..."
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Fortnite is the first Unreal Engine 4 game, exclusive to PC

Fortnite is the first Unreal Engine 4 game, exclusive to PC

Epic Games' Fortnite will be the company's first game to take advantage of Unreal Engine 4. Debuted at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, the cartoony action title is being described as "a co-op sandbox survival game," with building at the core of the game.

"Everything you find allows you to build and improve your structure," producer Tanya Jessen told an audience at a Comic-Con panel.

Read more: 'This is a PC designed game' »

"It's possible. My thinking is that they toned down the art assets because they wanted to avoid ..."
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