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11:30 AM on 10.12.2012

New studio The Astronauts forms licensing deal with Epic

Do you remember a time when Unreal Engine 3 wasn't powering every game coming out, from epic sci-fi RPGs to football titles? Yeah, neither do I. Before a studio announces they'll be using Epic's meat-man simulator, we pretty ...

Brett Zeidler





9:00 PM on 09.06.2012

Epic Games opening Seattle studio for Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Tournament and Gears of War maker Epic Games is opening up a new studio in Seattle, WA that "will be initially focused on engineering efforts" for Unreal Engine 4. "The proximity to key partners, the density of world-c...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 08.29.2012

Unreal Engine 3 shown running on Windows 8, RT

At the IFA 2012 trade show, currently taking place in Berlin, Epic Games and NVIDIA showed the first public demonstration of Unreal Engine 3 running on Windows 8 and Windows RT. A live demo of Epic's "Epic Citadel" was shown...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 07.29.2012

Butcher peasants and burn down their villages in Chivalry

Chivalry is a first-person melee medieval combat game running on the Unreal Engine 3. This has been in the makings for a little while now, but I'm only taking notice now thanks to this developer video by Steve Piggott, Lead ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



E3 tech demos offer a glimpse into the future of games photo
E3 tech demos offer a glimpse into the future of games
by Allistair Pinsof

After a long week of E3 press conferences and demos, we are no wiser on what next-gen consoles will look like, but we do have a general idea of how their games will look.

Behind closed doors, we saw the new engines and tech that will drive forward gaming for the next five or more years. PC will get its first glimpse at the power of these engines before consoles, naturally, but it’s only a matter of time until you play a new Final Fantasy and first-person shooters that look like the demos below.

Among all the games and conference hype, it’s easy to miss some of these presentations and announcements, so I’m summarizing what these heavyweights brought to E3 this year. Though I’m not an expert on the tech that runs games, I know a pretty graphics engine when I see one and -- hot damn! -- these are some pretty-looking engines!

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Epic Games debuts Unreal Engine 4 photo
Epic Games debuts Unreal Engine 4
by Samit Sarkar



Last night on Spike's GameTrailers TV, Epic Games showed off Unreal Engine 4, the next generation of its industry-standard game engine, for the first time. You can watch the impressive "Elemental" demo above, with its heavily armored knight that awakens in a mountainside castle once a long-dormant volcano erupts. According to Epic, the demo is running on a single currently available consumer-level graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.

If you're wondering what's so special about Unreal Engine 4, Epic has also released a ten-and-a-half-minute developer walkthrough of the demo with senior technical artist Alan Willard. He ran through some of the salient points with Kotaku:

  • Real-time dynamic global illumination: Lighting looks much more realistic, taking into account every light source (such as a blinding noonday sun or lava's soft reddish glow) and surface (like dull stone or a gleaming, reflective statue) and calculating a scene's appearance on the fly.
  • Environmental and particle effects: Whether it's a raging bonfire, the tiny sparks leaping from it, or the thick smoke billowing off it, the vast increase in the possible number of particles will allow for better-looking effects in both obvious and subtle ways.
  • On-the-fly development iteration: Developers will be able to spend much more time making tweaks instead of waiting for code to re-compile every time they do, which is better for their productivity and, ultimately, for the games themselves.
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8:00 PM on 05.30.2012

Epic victorious in drawn out suit from Silicon Knights

After a protracted legal battle lasting five years, a North Carolina court has closed the book on a suit brought forth by Silicon Knights against Epic Games, alleging that the developer of Unreal Engine 3 competed unfairly by...

Conrad Zimmerman

5:00 PM on 05.08.2012

Here's the last Alpha vid of Primal Carnage, beta coming

Lukewarm Media has posted new (and the last) Alpha gameplay footage of Primal Carnage, an upcoming UDK-powered indie title that lets you control either the humans keeping them at bay or the dinosaurs. Yes, you can play as a ...

Brett Zeidler

6:30 PM on 03.14.2012

Warp is now up on PSN and PC, have a launch trailer

If you've been holding out for Warp, but you don't happen to own an Xbox 360, you'll be relieved to know that it is finally out for PlayStation 3 and PC. On PC though, you won't find it on Steam. Instead, you'll have to head...

Brett Zeidler

10:45 AM on 02.27.2012

Epic to bring Unreal Engine 4 to GDC

Epic Games just sent word that they'll be bringing their Unreal Engine 4 to next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. They are taking appointments to show off their new tech to partners and devs as well as pote...

Dale North

4:00 AM on 02.06.2012

Xitol Softworks reveals Zone The Battleground concept art

To say the market for first-person shooters is a tad over-saturated would just be pointing out the obvious. Unlike so many other genres, just having a competent product doesn't cut it. With so many great titles on the ma...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 PM on 01.27.2012

Fan project Renegade X: Black Dawn available tomorrow

Fans of the Command & Conquer series have had to deal with their fair share of ups and downs for the past few years. Up: Ric Flair fighting a bear. Down: Command & Conquer 4. After three years of work from Totem Arts...

Jason Cabral





7:00 PM on 12.05.2011

Fan's Final Fantasy VII Remake uses Unreal, looks scary

The introductory sequence from Final Fantasy VII has been remade by a team using Epic's freely available Unreal Development Kit, showcasing what a remade FFVII might look like if Square Enix ever did it. Except, to be brutal...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 12.01.2011

Creepy first artwork for Square Enix's Unreal Engine RPG

Curious about the upcoming Square Enix game that uses Epic's Unreal Engine? It was revealed in the latest issue of Famitsu, but there's still next to nothing in the way of details beyond what we learned yesterday. Square Enix...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 11.29.2011

Square Enix's Unreal project from Dragon Quest producer

The latest Famitsu reportedly reveals that Square Enix's Ryutaro Ichimura is heading up the company's first project that uses Epic's Unreal 3 Engine. Ichimura's last work was Dragon Quest IX, but he says that he has "gra...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 11.17.2011

Square Enix licenses Unreal Engine 3 for multiple games

Square Enix has buddied up with Epic Games to use their Unreal Engine 3 for multiple upcoming games. A press release says that Epic Games Japan worked with Square Enix directly on this new license.  "It is a pleasure to ...

Dale North