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Getting Started With Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 is a game engine made by Epic Games. The Unreal Engine has been around for over a decade and has been used to make a ton of games. The latest release of the engine (4) has a new business model too: it’s free!

You can download and make games right now and release them commercial. All Epic asks is that you pay them a royalty of your sales.

To get into Unreal 4 here’s some helpful resources.

If you’re used to using Unity you’ll want to check out this handy guide on using Unreal 4 for Unity developers.

Good sources to learn Unreal right from Epic:

Official Unreal Engine 4 tutorial playlists

Unreal Engine 4 Wiki (includes written tutorials, too)

Unreal Engine 4 Documentation

 

Within Unreal there is a visual scripting system called ¬†Blueprint. Here’s a good tutorial on getting started with it.

Unity 4 is Looking Good

It looks like this year could see some really nifty developments in the world of game engines. I’ve already looked at Unreal Engine 4 and now Unity 4 news has been announced.

Here’s a fellow with a super-popped collar that explains some of the new things in Unity:

The new character animation technology looks rather promising and may make it easier to produce crowds and make them look real. There is a focus on improving workflows for studios in Unity 4 – including a Linux build!

There’s a whole load of new features including exporting to Flash (still no HTML5) and DirectX 11 support. What I’d really love to see is a visual editor included by default.

Unity 4 should be released in the last quarter of 2012.

Unity comes is available in multiple flavours and you can find out which suits you best here.

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