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Friday, August 19, 2005
Unreal Engine 4 in the Works
9:33 AM | Blake Buck | 1 comment

Computer and Video Games recently posted an article in which Epic Games announced the Unreal Engine 4. Previously unheard of, the Unreal Engine 4 is an advanced graphical game engine that will power the games of the future. This announcement comes as a suprise, as Epic Games has just now begun to license the Unreal Engine 3 to publishers such as Microsoft and Sony for their next-generation platforms. From the Computer and Video Games article:

Unreal Engine 4? Our minds veritably boggle at the prospect. God alone knows what Epic are cooking up there, but if it's the generational leap forward that Unreal Engine 3 is, then world look out. Rein hinted that it's designed for the next next generation of hardware. Epic feels they got a two to three year headstart on this generation when they started Unreal Engine 3 and aimed it for hardware that was only in the planning stages at the time. Their gamble paid off when Microsoft and Sony chose that level of hardware to power their upcoming next-gen consoles. Rein says the focus for Unreal Engine 4 is getting a leg up on the competition for the next major paradigm shift in computing hardware that is likely to see the light in future PCs and console systems that are mere concepts today.

So why tantalize us with the possibilities of Unreal Engine 4 when Unreal Engine 3 still has years of development and progress remaining? Talent. It's all about attracting talent to come and work at Epic Games. Rein says he's issuing a plea to developers everywhere to consider joining the team at Epic to help shape that future. Epic are currently on a recruitment drive for both US and international developer signings and he issued the following cheeky challenge: "We're really looking to hire the best in the industry. Nobody should imagine they're paid too well now or that they're too entry level to apply. We want to talk to anyone who has the potential to be at the top of industry. We're looking for talent. Top talent."

While still many years off, the Unreal Engine 4 could play an important role in the future of the gaming industry. IMG will have more information on this story as it develops.

Computer and Video Games Website - Unreal Engine Four Article
Epic Games

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