Train2Game News: “We want to be on the bleeding edge of technology and that means having to invent it” – Epic Games

Epic Games invent technology in order to maintain their place as one of the cutting edge names in game development.

That’s what Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein told Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson in a developer dialogues session at Develop Conference 2012.

“We want to be on the bleeding edge of technology and that means having to invent it” said Rein, who enthusiastically pointed out that in order to improve as a company, Epic are always hiring.

Of course, Epic recently revealed the potential future of gaming by showcasing an Unreal Engine 4 tech demo. But while Epic Games want to be number one when it comes to video games technology, their UDK modding tools allow developers of all abilities to create games, and Rein said this was always part of Epic’s plans.

“We always intended to make modding tools clean and easy enough for anyone to use.” he said.

Epic Games partnered with Train2Game earlier this year for Make Something Unreal Live, which saw winning team Commando Kiwi walk away with a fully licensed Unreal Engine for iPhone and iPad.

There’s more news from Develop Conference right here on The Train2Game Blog, while be sure to keep reading for the latest from Epic Games.

What are your thoughts on Rein’s comments?  Is inventing technology necessarily to be at the cutting edge of it?

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Train2Game news: Next-gen ‘Samaritan’ visuals available on PC “right now” say Epic

The Samaritan Train2Game blog imageTrain2Game students have probably seen Epic Games’ impressive Samaritan tech demo by now, and with the quality graphics and animation, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a game like that could only be achieved with a next gen console.

But according to Epic vice president Mark Rein, Samaritan like graphics are available “right now” if you happen to have access to a high spec PC.

“In fact, Unreal Development Kit has all the features that powered Samaritan – every single graphics feature you can do. We could have shown another 30 videos,” he told CVG.

“We have guys doing stuff on high end PCs that are just outside of the gaming space that are really pushing the envelope there. So that to us is pretty exciting – and you can do that now.”

As previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, Unreal Engine 4 was shown to a select group of developers at GDC. But Rein added that there’s still plenty of life left in Unreal Engine 3.

“The UE4 stuff is very futuristic. UE3 is really the horse for this year.” he said.

Of course, Train2Game students are currently preparing to use Epic’s Unreal Engine for iOS to make games as part of Make Something Unreal Live at The Gadget Show

For more about Epic Games, the Unreal Development Kit and that Samaritan tech demo,see The Train2Game Blog interview with Epic European Territory Manager Mike Gamble, who was speaking to us at the Train2Game & Epic Game Jam.

What are your thoughts on Rein’s remarks on the graphical capibilities of the current and future Unreal Engine?

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Train2Game news: Unreal Engine 4 reveal later this year

The Samaritan Train2Game blog imageTrain2Game students will get to see Unreal Engine 4 later this year. That’s according to Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein who not only said Unreal Engine 4 is scheduled for a reveal in 2012, but hinted that it’s already in the process of running on next-gen consoles.

“People are going to be shocked later this year when they see Unreal Engine 4 and how much more profound an effect it will have,” Rein told G4TV.

And while the development kit for Unreal Engine 3 took years before being given to indie studios and modders, The Train2Game Blog has previously reported that Unreal Engine 4 will be available to the public much sooner than the current version was.

You might remember that Epic showed off their impresive Samaritan tech demo, a glimpse of what could be possible with next gen systems, at last year’s Game Developers Conference, which you can see right here on The Train2Game Blog

And while there’s no guarantee that an Unreal Engine running on a next gen console would look like that, Rein reportedly said Unreal Engine 4 is running on “systems we can’t name yet,” which could potentially signal a next generation Xbox console. Alternatively, it could be the Nintendo Wii U, scheduled for release later this year.

For more about Epic Games, the Unreal Development Kit and that Samaritan tech demo, see The Train2Game Blog interview with Epic European Territory Manager Mike Gamble, who was speaking to us at the Train2Game & Epic Game Jam.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Unreal Engine 4 being revealed this year? Could it already be in the works for next-gen consoles?

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[Source: NowGamer]