Epic’s new game to “push next generation graphics”

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Epic Games and its engine are well known for pushing the boundaries of computer graphics and other similar, meaningless hyperbole. Fawning aside, their engine is great and they make great games. Their next game, they say, will “push next generation graphics.”

Talking up Unreal and the future of Epic with Edge, Epic’s Tim Sweeney said of the company’s new game, “It’s going to push next generation graphics as you’d always expect Epic to do.” Our money’s on it being based on that Samaritan demo.

“There’s a lot [of Unreal Engine 4 games] on the way and a large number of them haven’t been announced,” he continued “You’ll see lots of triple-A stuff coming out over time.”

That however, isn’t the most interesting thing that Sweeny said. According to him, the games industry is going through quite a change.

“The industry’s changing. This generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around – and each one seems to have about three times the budget of the previous generation. I think we’re heading towards a future where triple-A is the minority.”

Fewer AAA games are being made, and the ones that are are costing mountains of money to produce. If you’re keen to see what Unreal Engine 4 is capable of, here are some shots from the UE4 demo. You can see them in glorious 8K if you wish, over on dsogaming reader K putt’s Flickr page

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Last Updated: April 24, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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