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Fortnite creators explain story and F2P model

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Fortnite creators explain story and F2P model

We got our first look at Fortnite this week, as Epic finally took the wraps off its free-to-play game. But what is it? A new video features Epic talking about the story, the mechanics, and why it chose to go F2P for this one.

Read more: The Storm approaches »

"The whole third person thing really damaged my intent to buy the game. Now that its F2P, its ..."
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Fortnite finally reveals gameplay footage

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Fortnite finally reveals gameplay footage

Update: Added information about alpha test registrations.

We haven't heard much from Fortnite in quite a while, but Epic is apparently ready to take the wraps off the world-building combat hybrid. A video shows off the game in action for the first time.

Watch: Building and defending your keep »

"I think it was their way of saying "this isn't Gears of War (but hey, pssst, we're the Gears of ..."
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Epic building games to be played 'for hundreds or thousands of hours'

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Epic building games to be played 'for hundreds or thousands of hours'

Between some high-profile departures and Microsoft's acquisition of the Gears of War franchise, it seems that Epic Games hasn't put much focus on games lately. It has ambitious plans for its Unreal Engine that has been taking up most of its press, but CEO and founder Tim Sweeney says that the studio still has games in the pipeline.

Read more: More than 90 working on Fortnite »

"At $1500 I still find Unity's fee much cheaper than what Epic is offering. "
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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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Gears of War acquired by Microsoft, Gears vet joins Black Tusk to develop for Xbox One

Gears of War acquired by Microsoft, Gears vet joins Black Tusk to develop for Xbox One

Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and has recruited series alum Rod Fergusson to help lead the internal development effort. Vancouver's Black Tusk Studios will be taking over development for the franchise, with a more concrete announcement for a future game planned for later this year.

Read more: Xbox One project to use Unreal Engine 4 »

"I wouldn't mind a Gears of War MP only experience. I agree with most of the sentiment on here ..."
- _Druxk_    See all 76 comments


Bulletstorm dev renamed Epic Games Poland, working on Fortnite

Bulletstorm dev renamed Epic Games Poland, working on Fortnite

People Can Fly, developers of Bulletstorm and Gears of War Judgment have been given a new name from their corporate overlords. The studio is now called "Epic Games Poland," and they've been assigned to Fortnite, a game that apparently still exists.

Read more: Multiple studios working on Fortnite »

"Then again, it's a different era so maybe it just doesn't matter."
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Gears of War ran its course on 360, says Microsoft

Gears of War ran its course on 360, says Microsoft

The Gears of War series helped define Xbox 360. As Xbox One fast approaches, Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer suggested that they'd like to see more Gears games going into the next generation, but that he thinks they should reexamine the direction after Gears of War: Judgment's middling reception.

Read more: Needs to "expand the universe and what people are doing" »

"Well it has a rambling, meandering plot that consists primarily of Marcus Fenix working out his ..."
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Infinity Blade cinematic recaps the great weapon's origins

Infinity Blade cinematic recaps the great weapon's origins

Infinity Blade 3 is scheduled to release until this Wednesday, and there's a new animated video that might help tide fans over until the big day. Developer Chair has released the game's opening cinematic, called Infinity Blade: Origins. The two-and-a-half minute video, narrated by Fringe actor John Noble, recaps the Infinity Blade narrative to this point. It essentially explains what the Infinity Blade is, who has wielded it over the years, and why it is one of the world's most powerful weapons.

Watch: The Infinity Blade explained »

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Infinity Blade 3 dragon has four times the polygons of any character from Epic

Infinity Blade 3 dragon has four times the polygons of any character from Epic

So, how much can the iPhone 5S handle? Quite a lot. While every generation of iPhone offers a boost in performance, Infinity Blade 3 creative director Donald Mustard said that the leap made for the 5S is "shocking."

In fact, according to Mustard, the dragon featured in the game's debut trailer is more complex than any character they've created before. "That dragon had four times the polycount of any console character we've ever done in Gears of War or Shadow Complex or anything like that," he said. "It had four times the texture detail, the normal map detail, all on that dragon."

Read more: Benchmarks show up to double performance »

"I wish the IB games were actually fun instead of basically being tech demos."
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Infinity Blade 3 announced

Infinity Blade 3 announced

Apple is showing off new iPhones to the world, which means Epic Games needs to announce a new Infinity Blade game. Infinity Blade 3 is "the epic conclusion of the Infinity Blade trilogy," and it promises to have eight worlds, two playable characters, and areas as big or bigger than the entire first game. It has the honor of being the first-ever 64-bit game for iOS devices.

Infinity Blade 3 has you playing as Siris and the "stealthy female warrior-thief Isa." Each character features three unique combat styles, as they try to destroy the Worker of Secrets.

Watch: Make J.J. Abrams proud »

"The graphics are insane for mobile. I wonder what tricks they're using, and how much RAM it needs."
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Infinity Blade: Dungeons officially canceled

Infinity Blade: Dungeons officially canceled

When developer Impossible Studios was closed earlier this year, Epic Games said that it was putting Infinity Blade: Dungeons on hold. Now, Epic has confirmed that the project is entirely canceled.

Read more: More Infinity Blade planned »

"I also wish there was a PC port but I'm not holding out hope. "
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Epic Games co-founders to join Develop Hall of Fame

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Epic Games co-founders to join Develop Hall of Fame

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein will be the first international developers to join Develop magazine's game development Hall of Fame. The pair will receive the Development Legend Award when they are inducted on July 10 in Brighton, England.

Read more: Previous inductees British-born »

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