Epic Games' Tim Sweeney Talks AR, VR, UE4, Fortnite, and Switch at GDC 2018

Shacknews caught up with Tim Sweeney at GDC 2018 to talk about Unreal Engine 4 and much more.


Shacknews saved one of our best interviews for last from GDC 2018. We caught up with Tim Sweeney at the Epic Games booth to chat about a variety of topics. Check out this exclusive interview where we talk about Unreal Engine 4's role in AR, VR, and movies. We also chat about Fortnite and the Nintendo Switch. Tim describes himself as a "lowly engine coder" and also announces to the world that he has yet to achieve a Victory Royale in Fortnite. Please take a look.

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If you still need more details on Epic Games' Fortnite, check out our exclusive interview with Nick Chester from PAX East 2018.


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      April 11, 2018 8:09 AM

      Thanks for that! Always interesting to hear from guys like Tim Sweeney, glad it was a longer interview.

      Also pretty cool they're making all those Paragon assets available to everyone in UE4 after shutting it down.

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      April 11, 2018 8:37 AM

      Nice chat!

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      April 11, 2018 10:36 AM

      cool interview

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      April 11, 2018 10:45 AM


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      April 11, 2018 10:47 AM

      A 22 minute chat with Tim Sweeney about all the good stuff? Are you fucking kidding me? THIS SHIT IS TIGHT!

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      April 11, 2018 12:14 PM


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      April 11, 2018 1:26 PM

      Nice interview! Thanks

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      April 11, 2018 1:44 PM

      Tim Sweeney and John Carmack should get together and write the ultimate 3D Engine.

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        April 11, 2018 2:30 PM

        Carmack should write some kind of input middleware that other companies could plug into whatever they're doing. I started playing Quake 3 (Quake Live, whatever) again because Champions is shit, and it's supernatural how much better it is than anything since as far as player input/movement is concerned.

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          April 11, 2018 3:16 PM

          Quake 3 pretty much ruined me for ALL OTHER fps games. Sure some have been good enough to feel almost as good as Quake 3, but stuff like Crysis always felt like total shit. UE4 feels "good" but not great. Seriously nothing feels as fluid or responsive as Q3

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            April 11, 2018 4:34 PM

            Reflex Arena I'd put on the same level...nobody plays it but DAMN the mouse input and overall feel is solid as fuck.


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            April 11, 2018 4:38 PM

            I'd say it's a large part of why the Call of Duty games were so popular, even though to a majority of casual players all that stuff might be something they aren't even consciously aware of.

            The setting and speed and weapons were completely different from Quake 3, but it still had the same solid feeling and response underneath it all.

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          April 11, 2018 7:04 PM

          Champions was amazing IMO (except for a couple of needed weapon tweaks) before the update in May of last year. It felt like actual Quake. I went on vacation in May, came back, and QC felt different. They fucked up the mouse feel and some other things. I was really keen on this until that change.

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      April 11, 2018 1:45 PM

      Good interview!

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      April 11, 2018 1:51 PM

      Cool, thanks for the interview I dig it.

      The Front Page of Shack is on FIRE, thanks for all the effort + content + vids you guys have been putting up on it recently.

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        April 11, 2018 3:22 PM

        Thanks, we are definitely working our best to do it for Shacknews!

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          April 11, 2018 4:20 PM

          Cool. Hands down the best exclusive vids, interviews and long gameplay vids you have ever had, really awesome to see!

          Keep it up guys, man if you do this for E3 as well that will be amazing! Thanks again.

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      April 11, 2018 3:17 PM

      Are they hiring? CliffyB wants to know.

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      April 11, 2018 6:17 PM

      Wow! Awesome interview. Got some great conversation going...

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      April 11, 2018 7:07 PM

      Good stuff Asif!

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      April 11, 2018 7:14 PM

      Sweet interview, thanks

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