Following on from the fantastic tech demo shown at E3 a few days ago, Epic Games have now given out some additional details on their highly anticipated Unreal Engine 4, more importantly – a confirmation that we will definitely see the first game release next year.
Firstly, if you haven’t seen the tech demo that is getting everyone talking at the moment, you can watch it again here. The demo was easily one of the highlights of E3 2012 and arguably a contender for the best graphics seen at the event.
Epic boss Mark Rein has given fans reason to be happy this week though, by confirming that the first game powered by Unreal Engine 4 will definitely release in 2013, although obviously no timeline yet since we’re still at an early stage in development. At E3, heads were turned when it was revealed that Star Wars 1313, a new game developed in-house at LucasArts would be using the current-gen Unreal Engine 3.
The game looked so good, again another contender for best graphics, but the real surprise was that it was using the Unreal Engine 3, not Epic’s latest tech. That can only mean good things with regards to Unreal Engine 4 though as it obviously implies that when we finally do see the first game – it is going to be something special indeed and well worth waiting for.
Considering that Gears of War was the franchise that first unveiled the Unreal Engine 3, it is also likely that we will have another major flagship title to show off Unreal Engine 4 in its full capacity. There’s still no direct confirmation that Gears of War: Judgment is actually Gears of War 4, despite it being the fourth game in the series.
With this in mind, don’t be surprised if Epic are actually planning a proper Gears of War 4 game and it will end up being the first game to run Unreal Engine 4, on a brand new Xbox console. If you are really impressed with what you have seen from Unreal Engine 4 so far, let us know your ideas on what you would like the first game to be. Mortal Kombat, Batman, Mass Effect, Gears of War, Devil May Cry – those are just some of the big name franchises that have used the Unreal Engine 3 already.