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Ark: Survival Evolved reaches 1 million sales, releases modding toolset to celebrate

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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ARK: Survival Evolved, Epic Games, Modding, PC games, Unreal Engine 4, Wildcard Studios

Ark: Survival Evolved reaches 1 million sales, releases modding toolset to celebrate

It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that mixing “survival sandbox” and “dinosaurs” would deliver success, but Wildcard Studios have announced that Ark: Survival Evolved has sold an impressive 1 million copies since its release last month. To mark the occasion, the developers have teamed up with Epic Games to release a tailor-made modding toolset for the Early Access game, to allow the community to build custom maps and mods for the Unreal Engine 4-powered title.

“This provides an opportunity for a new generation of developers to get into development through mods,” said CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney to Gamasutra, “and potentially branch out into the game industry as a full time career for some of them.” Considering the versatility of the Unreal Engine 4 on top of the fact its SDK is available for free, he may well be right. You can read more about the Unreal Engine 4 in our exclusive interview with Epic Games from last year’s Gamescom.

Ark: Survival Evolved is available on Early Access from Steam for just £19.08, although you could always keep an eye over on CDkeys for some cheap Steam Gift cards to help pay for it as well.

Free to be Unreal - Why Epic's masterstroke will unleash creative opportunity

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Development, Epic Games, Free, Modders, Modding, Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Tournament

Free to be Unreal - Why Epic's masterstroke will unleash creative opportunity

Last year we were taken by surprise when Epic announced that not only would Unreal Tournament would free, but it would be developing it alongside the community. Now, they’ve gone and surprised us again, dropping the subscription fee and opening to doors to anybody who has even a passing interest in developing with the Unreal Engine 4, let alone a professional one. The news arrived alongside a new video from the studio, explaining how the move will work and the opportunities available to anybody. See, that’s the key word there – anybody. All of a sudden Epic’s proprietary engine is no longer just developers and serious enthusiasts, meaning we should see even more weird and wonderful things emerge from the modding scene.

As I learned when I spoke to Epic Games at Gamescom last year, the team thrive on the interaction with the community, both in terms of their input and their creative contributions. While the Unreal Tourament project is the catalyst behind it all, the truth is that the Unreal Engine 4 is becoming a melting pot for innovative ideas. Case in point – in my interview I learned how a modder had created an Assassin’s Creed style parkour mod for others to download and tinker with, just because there previously wasn’t one for UE4. The only different between then and now is that the ability to get involved in the hands-on discussion no longer costs a thing.

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INTERVIEW | Epic Games on the new UK studio, UT’s development, & Unreal Engine 4’s strengths

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Development, Epic Games, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, James Golding, Jim Brown, Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Tournament, Zack Parrish

INTERVIEW | Epic Games on the new UK studio, UT’s development, & Unreal Engine 4’s strengths

When we head over to Gamescom each year it’s usually the done thing to go and check out all the games. After all, there’s more than a few of them there, and here at Dealspwn we do like our games. However, we were presented with an opportunity to chat with some of the people behind the Unreal Engine 4 – the latest version of Epic Games’ proprietary engine – to discuss how it has been doing in the hands of developers, and in turn learn more about the community-driven Unreal Tournament project. In a day full of presentations to other developers, I was lucky to sit down with Technical Artist Zak Parrish, Lead Programmer James Golding, and Senior Designer of the UT project Jim Brown, to find out more about one of the industry’s leading development tools.

To start off, I had to ask about Epic’s newly opened UK office. Comprising mostly of the team at Pitbull Studio, last month’s announcement was a huge boost to the industry here in the UK. I asked the team what it was like officially bringing them into the Epic family and setting up shop on our shores. “I moved back over here in January to help set up the UK office, and that’s been super exciting to be back in the UK and seeing Epic make a commitment to the UK and embrace all the talent and stuff that’s going on here,” said Golding. “We already have a lot of developers using the engine in the UK and interested, so that makes sense, and we’ve had this relationship with Pitbull for a couple of years now, working super close with those guys and we’ve been treating them like peers, like part of Epic, for a long time, so it feels very natural.”

INTERVIEW | Epic Games on the new UK studio, UT’s development, & Unreal Engine 4’s strengths

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New Unreal Tournament already has shock rifle combos & its first hacker

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, PC games, Unreal Tournament

New Unreal Tournament already has shock rifle combos & its first hacker

Epic Games have released the first footage of their next Unreal Tournament title, which will be free if you haven't already heard the news. Though still in a primitive state, the team has managed to cobble together their first deathmatch, which already features the legendary ASMD zap-booom! combo and wall-dodging hacked in by one of the developers for an unfair advantage. Watch all the totally hilarious and not at all painfully forced hijinks in the video below.

It's still early days for UTF2P (we'll iterate on that acronym), but once the framework takes shape it should result in a deluge of content - both from Epic and from numerous Unreal Engine 4 coding community. Expect only deathmatch at launch, mind, while other modes will be added constantly throughout the game's lifespan.

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Epic shows off Unreal Engine 4 with free Flappy Bird clone

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, Unreal Engine 4

Epic shows off Unreal Engine 4 with free Flappy Bird clone

Unreal Tournament is set to become the perfect tech demo for Unreal Engine 4, but an Epic Games programmer has decided to show off the scalability of their next-gen engine with... Flappy Bird?

Say hello to Tappy Chicken.

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Game Buzz | Episode 75 - Unreal Nintendo Spanking Paddles

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Challenge Carl, Epic Games, Game Buzz, Insomniac Games, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sunset Overdrive, Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Tournament, Wii U, Wii U games

Game Buzz | Episode 75 - Unreal Nintendo Spanking Paddles

It was all going so well, Nintendo. Sadly we have to reprimand the Big N this week, but before we do that, we chat about Epic's amazing Unreal Engine 4 initiative alongside their announcement of a new, free, Unreal Tournament, we dish out a challenge for Carl (thanks to everyone for sending in suggestions for that, do keep them coming), and we discuss whether or not Insomniac can bounce back from the utterly forgettable Fuse with the curious-looking Sunset Overdrive.

Game Buzz | Episode 75 - Unreal Nintendo Spanking Paddles. Recorded 9th May, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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New Unreal Tournament will be Free To Play in all the right ways

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, FPS, Modding, multiplayer games, PC, PC games, Unreal Tournament

New Unreal Tournament will be Free To Play in all the right ways

"If you know what you want, you can make it"

Unreal Tournament was -- and still is -- the best multiplayer FPS ever made. No arguments. Its sequels and spinoffs ran the gamut from great to awful, but we've been clamouring for a new successor over the last few years, much as we enjoyed Marcus Fenix' burly brown escapades.

Now it's finally happening. Epic Games have revealed that a new Unreal Tournament title is headed to PC, Mac and Linux, where it will be available to download for... free?

That's right. Free. Not draped in garish adverts or lousy with microtransactions, but properly, completely gratis. Rather than cashing in on misery, Epic intends to develop the game in conjunction with the community and start a new modding revolution - with developers able to sell their wares should they want to.

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Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Games, FPS, PC, PC games, Unreal Tournament, UT99

Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition | GOG | £1.49 (save £4.50)
PWNCAST: The Best Multiplayer FPS Ever

Unreal Tournament is the best multiplayer FPS ever made. Ever. Ever.

Epic Games' superb shooter is still the benchmark for online multiplayer, featuring an extraordinarily enormous selection of the best maps ever made, the best guns of all time, loads of mutators, a bountiful cornucopia of modes (most of which laid the foundations of the games we play today) and even a fabulous singleplayer campaign. Not to mention more than a decade of fantastic mods and user-generated content. It's superb, a skill-based arena that you can play on your terms and a game for the ages. The GOTY Edition is only £1.49 at GOG.com, so you don't have to take our word for it.

HOWEVER, I assume that the impending GameSpy shutdown is going to cripple its server list, so you might need to swap some IP addresses or organise some LAN events if modders can't cobble something together...

More Epic Than Epic: What We Want From The Next Gears Of War

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Black Tusk Studios, Epic Games, Gears of War, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

More Epic Than Epic: What We Want From The Next Gears Of War

Today brings us the news that Microsoft have bought the Gears Of War license from Epic Games, meaning that the franchise will now become one of the Xbox One's core exclusives. Black Tusk Studios are already working on the next game in the series, which has the potential to take the series in some exciting new directions.

So much potential, in fact, that we've come up with a quick wishlist for what we'd like to see from the franchise, both in terms of its setting, gameplay and features we so desperately crave.

E-Day

More Epic Than Epic: What We Want From The Next Gears Of War

Every death, every twist, every hard-won battle and every sacrifice in the Gears Of War canon harks back to a single pivotal event in Sera's history: Emergence Day. The Locust blitzkrieg changed everything, yet the games have proved surprisingly reluctant to actually show it to us beyond a couple of brief cutscenes. Even Judgment chickened out, opting to set its campaign after this all-important conflict. It's high time we experienced E-Day in all its savage and desperate glory, seeing how the pristine cities of Sera became the charred rubble we've seen in game after game, as massive sinkholes open up beneath the gathered COG war machine.

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Microsoft buy Gears of War IP from Epic, Black Tusk to develop going forwards

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Black Tusk Studios, Epic Games, Gears of War, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft buy Gears of War IP from Epic, Black Tusk to develop going forwards

News has just broken that Microsoft have bought all of the IP rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, and have handed over development on the series to Black Tusk, with Rod Fergusson -- former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears of War franchise -- moving back to Microsoft to spearhead the effort.

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Unreal Engine 4 Video Talks Aesthetics & Art

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 Video Talks Aesthetics & Art

Epic Games has released another Inside Unreal video explaining some of the new features of Unreal Engine 4, this time talking about the art pipeline and layered materials used to create the 'Infiltrator' tech demo. Not for mainstream consumption, but well worth a look if you're into your graphics and tech.

Probably best to watch the original tech demo first via the link above. Unreal Engine 4 has been confirmed for use in Fortnite, Fable Legends, RIME and Space Hulk: Deathwing alongside unannounced titles from Square Enix and NCsoft.

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Chair: "We Want Shadow Complex 2 More Than Anyone"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Chair Entertainment, Epic Games, Shadow Complex, Shadow Complex 2

Chair: "We Want Shadow Complex 2 More Than Anyone"

Do you want a new Shadow Complex game? We sure as hell do! But it seems that no-on wants it quite as much as Chair Entertainment's co-founder and creative director, Donald Mustard.

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Epic Working On "Unannounced Competitive Online Action Game"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Action Games, Epic Games, multiplayer

Epic Working On "Unannounced Competitive Online Action Game"

Job Listing Spills The Beans

An Epic Games job posting has revealed that they're working on an as-yet undisclosed competitive multiplayer game underpinned by a strong progression system.

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Unreal Deal Pack | £5.75 | Steam | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Games, FPS games, Midway, PC games

Unreal Deal Pack | £5.75 | Steam | PC

Unreal Deal Pack | Steam | £5.75 (Save Many £££s)
Unreal Anthology / Unreal Tournament 3 Black PC price comparison

Contains Unreal Gold, Unreal 2: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor’s Choice Edition, and Unreal Tournament 3 Black. Definitely worth the price of admission for some classic FPS carnage. Thanks to  grizzl33 @ HUKD!

Gears Of War: Judgment - Lost Relics DLC Announced

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly, Xbox 360 games

Gears Of War: Judgment - Lost Relics DLC Announced

Epic Games have outed the next Gears Of War: Judgment DLC pack, entitled 'Lost Relics.' Expect three new maps, a retooled classic and a new game mode.

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Rein: MS and Sony "Fully Embracing" F2P For Next-Gen

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, F2P, IAPs, Mark Rein, Microsoft, Microtransactions, Next-gen, Sony

Rein: MS and Sony "Fully Embracing" F2P For Next-Gen

According to Epic Games' VP Mark Rein, Microsoft and Sony are informing developers that they're "going heavily" in on free-to-play and in-app purchasing models when it comes to their next-gen consoles.

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Gears Of War: Judgment - Call To Arms Map Pack Out Next Week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly, Xbox 360 games

Gears Of War: Judgment - Call To Arms Map Pack Out Next Week

Gears Of War: Judgment is fantastic fun in multiplayer, but its crippling lack of on-disc maps didn't go unnoticed. People Can Fly are quickly rectifiying the situation by releasing the first full map pack, which will be included as part of the season pass. Details about pricing, the three new maps and new Master At Arms gametype below.

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Gears Of War: Judgment | £24.99 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly, Xbox 360 games

Gears Of War: Judgment | £24.99 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

The latest Gears title is as ridiculously good fun as you'd expect from some of the folks who made Painkiller and Bulletstorm, packing the best multiplayer of the series to date. However, the lacklustre storyline, short campaign and pathetic number of maps makes Judgment solid if forgettable in the long run. If you've been holding out, Simply Games are waiting to save you an absolute packet.

Thanks to Syzable at Hot UK Deals, who found this epic saving.

Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Epic Games, PS4
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Epic Games: PS4 Is A "Really Perfect Gaming PC"

"It’s Like Giving You The World’s Best PC.”

Epic Games have been quick to jump on the PS4 train with Unreal Engine 4, suggesting that Sony's new console is akin to the "world's best PC."

Easy now, fellow PC gamers. Easy. Let's hear him out first.

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Gears Of War: Judgment Gets Free Map, Mode & Patch

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly

Gears Of War: Judgment Gets Free Map, Mode & Patch

Gears Of War: Judgment has been expanded by a new free DLC pack that bolts on an extra map and gametype. Not to mention a slew of fixes.

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