Epic’s Fortnite debuts Unreal Engine 4 and emphasises the power of player choice

Fortnite yard sale

What goes bump in the night? In Epic’s world, grisly snarls are usually attributable to Lancer teeth chewing through beefy aliens. Yet as scary as being blindsided by a Mauler can be, Gears Of War’s scripted encounters have favoured choreographed spectacle over dynamic surprises. Now the studio’s approach is changing as it shifts its focus to its next-generation engine technology.

Fortnite gallery

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The first game to use the formidable Unreal Engine 4 is Fortnite, which seems to have more in common with Minecraft than a typical Gears experience. Here we present a gallery of high-res screenshots that showcase Epic’s project’s distinctive look.

Make Something Unreal Live: Epic Games’ Unreal Engine student game jam returns for 2013

Make Something Unreal Live 2012

Make Something Unreal Live, the Unreal Engine student development contest culminating in a game jam at the Gadget Show Live, will return next year, Epic Games has announced.

Epic invites students currently enrolled on a full-time higher education course at any European institution to submit pitches based on the concept of Mendelian inheritance, a cornerstone of genetic theory spanning concepts including variation and mutation. It’s quite the departure from this year’s theme – Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy books.

Epic Games hints at major new Unreal Engine deals

Epic Games hints at major new Unreal Engine deals

Epic Games says that Unreal Engine 4 is increasingly being adopted by major studios who have traditionally used their own tech as the next generation of hardware approaches.Speaking to us in Cologne on the eve of Gamescom Mike Gamble, Epic's European territory manager, said that the increased scale of next-generation games had several companies thinking about using Epic's hugely popular engine over the proprietary tech they have used in the past.

Unreal Engine 4 unveiled

Epic Games has formally pulled back the curtain on Unreal Engine 4, its next-gen development technology.While the company has been showing off its wares behind closed doors for some time, last night GTTV aired the below video, in which senior technical artist Alan Willard talks through UE4's capabilities. [youtube:MOvfn1p92_8]