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Epic On Latest Unreal Engine: "We're Adding Great New Features"

The most recent iteration of the Unreal Engine has been found in everything from downloadable titles to family-oriented games to big ol' blockbuster productions. And it seems the new version is gonna be just as popular.

Epic Games creates these engines and head man Mark Rein spoke to VG247 about what could technically be called "Unreal Engine 3.8." By this time, Rein says the engine is "very mature," as the team continues to make it more capable year after year. Initially, the Unreal Engine 3 was said to have problems adapting to the complex PlayStation 3 hardware, but that was back in 2007, when just about every developer had some sort of issue with the PS3. As for this new engine, Rein had this to say:

"It’s a very mature engine and we’re adding great new features every year. I just saw some incredible new stuff that we’re either later this year or next year for new engine features and I think they’re really going to blow people away."

There's an incomplete sentence in there - maybe VG247 will update it - but we get the gist. A few days ago, we learned that internal Sony teams might be using the Killzone 2 engine to drive a few new projects forward, although those games currently under wraps. Also, the engine will likely remain exclusive to Sony (internal as it is), while you can bet that third-party developers everywhere will once again be clamoring to license the new Unreal engine. It's always plenty popular.

7/22/2009 Ben Dutka

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:40:18 AM
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Yeah, I had to read that statement twice and then saw your comment. Interesting, though. I wonder what they've added.

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Mr Bitey
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:43:59 AM
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Is it just me, or do games that use the Unreal Engine always have blocky looking characters?

(Gears, Bioshock, Batman, etc)

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Soultaker
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:46:41 AM

Well the game Blade and Soul being developed by team bloodlust and being published by NCsoft with the game possibly coming to the PS3 (when they're done with the PC version they're more than likely going to put it on ps3). Anyway the game is running on unreal engine and it doesn't look blocky to me it has a really nice smooth feel to it but that's only my opinion.

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King James
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:49:22 AM

nope. its not just u.

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KevinCairo
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 9:21:07 PM

The Batman character models look AWESOME for the Unreal Engine, so I don't know what you're talking about.

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KevinCairo
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 9:21:13 PM

The Batman character models look AWESOME for the Unreal Engine, so I don't know what you're talking about.

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King James
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 2:01:55 AM

I believe my new best friend, Barnabee Jones, (Frisky Dingo reference right there)is referring to blocky stature as a whole, not the textures. Batman looks clucky. Don't get me wrong I'm totally playing the game but he looks clucky.

And, Soultaker, I seen a vid for Blade & Soul...HOLY ISH!!!! And no they don't look blocky. But they do have that 360 gloss. Too bad its not officially confirmed for the PS3. I never heard of this game till today. I thought NCsoft was working on Aion?

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Soultaker
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 11:05:12 AM

King James i've made a topic about it in the forums just look in the ps3 section. I'm not 100% certain but I do remember Ncsoft and Sony set up some exclusive games or something and Blade and Soul we believe is to be the first exclusive coming to PS3. The developers said that they wanted to finish the PC version first since they only have about 60 people on the team and that a PS3 version is a big possibility.

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Soultaker
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:44:28 AM
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I wonder if it will run more smoothly on the PS3.

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King James
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:53:30 AM
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Am I the only one that finds it odd that Unreal's games run best on the xbox, when at E3 2008; Sony said the Unreal Tourney 3 will be a PC/PS3 release and the Unreal engine will be optimized for the PS3 1st?

Whatever happened to that?

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Soultaker
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:02:53 AM

Maybe some under the table money swaping huh? lol

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King James
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 2:04:22 AM

Hmmmm...I doubt it. Epic is pretty respectable IMO.

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heyface
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:23:40 AM
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I wont buy anything built around or on the killzone2 engine. kz is a terrible franchise, with corner cutting devs.

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Qubex
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:29:54 AM

What nonsense!.. you definitely don't speak for all of us heyface!

Q!

"i am home"

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Soultaker
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:32:15 AM

KZ2 surely looked very nice and played quite well from what I played of the demo even if demos don't give full detail of the gameplay.

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Masterofallz
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:34:50 AM

Speak for yourself. Even if you think that the KZ franchise is bad, the engine is still fantastic. Probably one of the best between all of the consoles.

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:35:26 AM

come on guys, don't fall for it.
Just a Troll, nothing else to see here just move along now :-)

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:19:22 PM

To each their own. Everyone has their own opinion. Whether or not most people agree, they are entitled to them.

Though saying Killzone 2's graphics or game "suck" provides no intellectual feedback for others to calculate the decision process on their views. Though one cannot argue with someone who refuses to provide examples of such claims as "cutting corners" or how "Killzone is a terrible franchise" coincides with the game engine quality itself.

Usually a statement as such clearly points out the individual's age or education level that may simply imply they prefer Pokemon games.

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Cpt_Geez
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:22:50 PM

@ heyface

You gotta be effin kiddin right?

You must be refering to the wii version.

They should give you 20 thumbs down for that comment.

Last edited by Cpt_Geez on 7/22/2009 12:25:02 PM

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:48:14 PM

please delete your account

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 6:23:16 PM

I find it amusing that trolls always think that their computer is a penis-extender.

Especially when the only thing of theirs that will actually ever grow from trying to Bullsh!t everyone, is their new 12 inch long "Pinocchio" nose.

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:35:48 AM
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I'd like to see more developers utilize the Naughty Dog Engine. Killzone 2 was great, but IMO Naughty Dog has displayed great use of very deep color pallets along with just about every other feature expected from current gen game engines.

Then there is God of War III... anyone know what engine is being used for this game?

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Soultaker
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:38:14 AM

Probably just an enhanced version of the old god of war game engine? The original engine probably made from scratch maybe?

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Orvisman
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:47:09 AM

I believe Sony Santa Monica built its own engine.

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Masterofallz
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:53:28 AM

Yeah.I think Santa Monica built its own engine too.

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:09:27 PM

I figured they were using their own proprietary engine. Which some quick Internet searches proved. Ken Feldman (art director for GOW3) did state that they rewrote the engine from scratch to take advantage of the new architecture.

Does anyone know if it has a label (or name)? This I could not find.

Last edited by Nynja on 7/22/2009 12:11:26 PM

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Ricochet
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 7:04:57 PM

The PS3 generation now has been building engines from scratch. Naughty Dog, Killzone 2, inFamous etc. Who knows, maybe that's what the PS3 is planning all along, building a lot of good engines so that future games can come a lot faster with better quality.

And with so many engines at hand and mostly "exclusive" to the PSX, I guess we can say that Sony have secured itself in this gaming generation. There's only so much Unreal Engine can give but I'll cross my fingers and give them a chance to showoff again.

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 11:42:46 AM
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Heyface, you have no idea what you are talking about.


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a lot of people say bad things about the unreal engine, but people forget how old and how versatle it is too.

UT3 still looks great, and for those who doubt me, then you should play the game again, and just because other people who use the engine arent as versed in its ways as say Epic are... they are getting better.

I think this new engine will be awesome, I trust Epic.

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Ricochet
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 7:06:32 PM

A lot of AAA games are being released with that engine so I can forsee some sort of "jump" with the next Unreal Engine. But with Sony's upcoming engines, they can have a lot more variety which will mean more "games".

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DGo8
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:00:41 PM
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Heyface....you cannot call Killzone Sh*t ( you did in a round about way) in tech terms its a groundbreaking game and its amazing 2 play..man you need 2 sort it out big time

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:09:28 PM
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Still at some point they should make an all new one instead of adding piecemeal to the old one.

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:18:12 PM

Agreed. They might end up like you know who... cough *Valve* cough

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 7:53:27 PM

Watch your mouth Karosso! Epic will never stoop to Valve levels.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 10:52:47 PM

Epic is either building or researching the Unreal 4 right now. They're just improving their existing product.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 12:28:01 PM
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I would love to get my hand on that engine...

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 5:22:59 PM

@Kevinator, OK, I'll bite....
And you'll do exactly what, with that engine??????

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Strker777
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 1:20:49 PM
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Crystal Tools > Unreal Engine 3.

Last edited by Strker777 on 7/22/2009 1:21:13 PM

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 7:54:58 PM
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When Epic Games says it's "really going to blow people away," I pay attention. They have given us gaming goodness for years.

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Karosso
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 8:03:52 PM

Easy Al, I was just trying to illustrate what could happen. To be honest, I believe that technology wise, the Unreal engine has always been the best out there. Very flexible and powerful at the same time.
But if they keep it the same for the next 5 years and add just some better lighting to it cough*Vale*cough they would end up that way.
No chance of that happening tho

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Alienange
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 @ 9:07:52 PM

I was just ragging on you for bringing up Valve like that. ;)

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