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Epic Games To Show UE4 Sneek Peek At GDC

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  1. hal

    hal Dictator Staff Member

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    A press release issued from Epic Games this morning details their involvement in this years' Game Developer's Conference 2012. Cliff Bleszinski will be hosting the GD Choice Awards, a bevvy of Epic talent will host presentations, and the big news is that Unreal Engine 4 will be on display to select licensees, prospective customers, and partners.

    Check out the comments thread for full details.
     
  2. hal

    hal Dictator Staff Member

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    Press Release:


    Epic Games Readies for Action at Game Developers Conference 2012


    On the heels of a legendary D.I.C.E. Summit celebrating 20 years of the studio’s success, Epic prepares to usher in the next wave of world-class games at GDC 2012



    CARY, N.C. (February 27, 2012) – Epic Games, Inc. announces its participation in the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to be held March 5-9, 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Epic will host press sessions and meet with developers and partners of its award-winning Unreal Engine technology in Business Suite 800, West Hall, at GDC 2012. In addition, Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski is set to host the Game Developer Choice Awards, and a dozen senior members of Epic’s staff are scheduled to speak at the conference.



    Leading the Way in Next-Gen

    Epic will conduct business and technical meetings for Unreal Engine 3, which offers the best toolset available for AAA game development, from mobile platforms and web-based gaming to consoles, high-end PC and beyond. The Unreal Engine holds eight consecutive Game Developer magazine Front Line Awards, with Unreal Engine 3 receiving the most recent accolade for best engine last month.



    Epic will also unveil a preview of its next-generation game technology, Unreal Engine 4, to select licensees, partners and prospective customers during the exhibition. Space is very limited, and appointments and non-disclosure agreements are required to see the Unreal Engine 4 presentation.



    Those wishing to meet with Epic should email licensing@epicgames.com. Please specify three possible meeting times, the number of people planning to attend and whether those individuals would like to see a technology demonstration, chat with Epic business representatives, speak with Epic technical representatives or discuss other matters.



    Appointments are not required but priority will be given to those with confirmed arrangements. In addition, Epic will host free advanced training sessions for its game engine licensees. Representatives from Epic Games Korea, Epic Games Japan and Yingpei Games (formerly Epic Games China) will be on hand to speak with licensees and prospective customers from those regions.



    Hours for Epic’s expo suite are as follows: Wednesday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, March 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.



    Announcing the Latest News

    Epic will host media briefings on Wednesday, March 7, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., and Thursday, March 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in its private expo suite. Thursday’s session will repeat content from Wednesday. Media wishing to attend either event should RSVP to pr@epicgames.com with representative and outlet name, number of attendees and day preference. Space is limited, and RSVPs must be confirmed to guarantee entry.



    Emceeing the Choice Awards

    Epic is honored for Design Director Cliff Bleszinski to host the 12th Annual Game Developer Choice Awards, one of the premier accolades for peer recognition in the digital games industry. Each year, the Choice Awards recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical genius of the finest developers and games created in the last year.



    Sharing Valuable Knowledge

    Staying true to tradition, Epic is supporting GDC with a bevy of talented speakers. The following sessions are listed in order of occurrence.



    Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room 2016, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Level Design in a Day: Best Practices from the Best in the Business tutorial with the industry’s top level designers, including Epic Games Lead Level Designer Jim Brown

    Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room 3005, West Hall, 3rd Floor

    · Producer Boot Camp tutorial featuring leaders in studio management and game production such as Epic Games Director of Production Rod Fergusson

    Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Room 2009, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Subtracting to Add - Environment Optimization Techniques lecture by Epic Games Senior Environment Artist Kevin Johnstone

    Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m. – 11:25 a.m., Room 3009, West Hall, 3rd Floor

    · Production Culture: How Two and a Half Artists Completed the FX for Gears of War 3 lecture by Epic Games Senior FX Artist Francois Antoine

    Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room 135, North Hall

    · Back to the Garage: The Return of Indie Development panel featuring independent game development experts, including Epic Games Founder and Technical Director Tim Sweeney

    Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Room 2012, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Gears of War 3: Building a Better Pipeline (Presented by Autodesk) lecture by Epic Games Senior Technical Animator Jeremy Ernst

    Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Room 2002, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Bringing AAA Graphics to Mobile Platforms lecture by Epic Games Senior Engine Programmer Niklas Smedberg

    Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 3014, West Hall, 3rd Floor

    · Forgotten Tales Remembered: The Games that Inspired Leading Innovators panel consisting of industry luminaries, including Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski

    Thursday, March 8, 12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room 2006, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Tackling Large Scale Destruction FX: Lessons Learned From RAAM's Shadow DLC lecture by Epic Games Senior FX Artist Francois Antoine

    Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Room 3014, West Hall, 3rd Floor

    · GDC Microtalks 2012: One Hour, Ten Voices, Countless Ideas back-to-back talks on the theme of “Paying for Time,” featuring thought leaders such as Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski

    Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Room 2009, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Evolution of the Cinematic Process: The Gears of War Trilogy lecture by Epic Games Cinematic Director Greg Mitchell

    Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Room 132, North Hall

    · Re-orienting Development and Accelerating Production to Create Infinity Blade and Infinity Blade II lecture by ChAIR Entertainment Senior Producer Simon Hurley

    Friday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Room 2016, West Hall, 2nd Floor

    · Gameplay Data Analysis: Asking the Right Questions lecture by Epic Games Senior Web Developer Ian Thomas

    Friday, March 9, 10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m., Room 135, North Hall

    · Killer Portfolio or Portfolio Killer: Advice from Industry Artists two-part panel featuring top talent from world-class studios, including Epic Games Lead Artist Wyeth Johnson

    Friday, March 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room 300, South Hall

    · Killer Portfolio or Portfolio Killer: 1-1 Portfolio Reviews one-on-one sessions with senior artists from half a dozen of the industry’s most successful studios, including Epic Games Lead Artist Wyeth Johnson and Epic Games Senior Environment Artist Kevin Johnstone
     
  3. Mozi

    Mozi Zer0 as a number

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    I almost went to GDC this year... :(
     
  4. blindrob

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    I remember how blown away I was at the UE3 tech demo.

    Let's see if the same thing happens again.
     
  5. evilmrfrank

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    Really wish I was going now XD
     
  6. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    Yeah, the UE3 demo was really something, a massive achievement. If UE4 can blow our socks off just like UE3 did, it will really be something special. Tim Sweeney gogo!

    Too bad we won't get to see anything though.
     
  7. Mozi

    Mozi Zer0 as a number

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    Well last year at GDC Epic showcased the DX 11 Samaritan demo behind closed doors and then a few weeks later released the same demo for public viewing. I am sure they will do the same thing this time as well.
     
  8. evilmrfrank

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    Really hope so!!
     
  9. akstylish

    akstylish Keyboard Crasha

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    I don't feel it will look much better in many aspects than everything current-gen, so it's better for me not to get excited.
     
  10. Lruce Bee

    Lruce Bee Transcending to another level

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    Epic will be pushing the envelope once again and showing everybody how it's done.
    Make no mistake, it's going to be jaw-dropping.
     
  11. Mozi

    Mozi Zer0 as a number

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    If the demo fails to own us all, we owe Akstylish a round of drinks... :lol:
     
  12. Crusha K. Rool

    Crusha K. Rool Coding Crocodile

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    Sweeney stated that the features in the Unreal Engine 4 would require 10 times more processing capabilities of the hardware than the current console generation could provide. And even the next console generation will only be 6 times faster than the current one, so who knows if Unreal Engine 4 will actually be in use for the next console generation already. Good thing we are PC players.
     
  13. TheSpoonDog

    TheSpoonDog CBP3! Yarrr!

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    I couldn't wrangle a trip to USA out of the boss :(
     
  14. Arnox

    Arnox UT99/2004 Mod Crazy

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    I dunno. Crytek might be developing something right now that might ruin Epic's day.
     
  15. ambershee

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    I'm pretty confident CryTek already have something ready for next-gen consoles, but whether people will license it over UE4 is another question.
     
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  17. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    And Epic hasn't sold out eh? Quit being a fanboy and wait till we actually see what UE4 has to offer. For all we know UE4 might just be a console optimized version of the UE3 Samaritan tech demo.

    As for Crytek Arnox, I doubt they are working on a new engine if this article is to be believed http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/5040/article/cryengine-developers-look-at-next-gen-platforms

     
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  18. Big-Al

    Big-Al amateur de bière

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    that'd be a huge shame :/
     
  19. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Yeah it would be a huge shame. Given that they are focusing more on consoles and mobile devices, the pessimist in me thinks this might be the case.
     
  20. Rambowjo

    Rambowjo Das Protoss

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    The samaritan demo was amazing, an achievement in my opinion. I like Epic though, that's true.
    It really would be a shame if UE4 was just a better UE3, rather than a whole new level like UE3 was.
     

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