Don’t Expect the Unreal Engine 4 Until 2014


OF COURSE the folks at Epic are working on the next iteration of the Unreal Engine. It’s only the lifeblood of their company. Epic’s Tim Sweeney tells IGN you shouldn’t expect the new engine soon, though.

I spend about 60 percent of my time every day doing research work that’s aimed at our next generation engine and the next generation of consoles. This is technology that won’t see the light of day until probably around 2014, but focusing on that horizon enables me to do some really cool things that just aren’t practical today, but soon will be. Some of our most productive work in the industry was on the first Unreal engine back in 1996, when I wrote a software vendor with a bunch of new features that hadn’t been seen before. I feel like that’s what I’m doing now on Unreal Engine 4 in exploring areas of the technology nobody else is really yet contemplating because they’re still a few years away from practicality. But I see a huge amount of potential there and so it’s very, very fun work.

So that means Epic is banking on the next generation starting up roundabouts 2014. Probably not a bad thought, although some people think it’s happening earlier. than that. I’m in no rush, though.

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3 Comments on Don’t Expect the Unreal Engine 4 Until 2014

JosephPS3 Dead State

On September 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

2014 launch is realistic.

2011 is already almost finished. BF3 and Skyrim and Rage and Uncharted3 are just being released. BF3, Skyrim, and Rage have brand new game engine and UC3 has a major revamp. Its most likely we’ll see another sequel or games based on those engines probably be released around 2013 Nov. Meantime we’ll have DLC.

Sony and M$ are now probably going to next gen ideas and 2012 they’ll have a prototype made available to the developers. 2013 they’ll announce the next gen and show some game clips. 2014 next gen release. The economy by this time is probably much better too and ppl will be more ready for next gen.

Darkraidor

On September 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

“the economy by this time is probably much better too” XD

anyways I think 2014 soudns correct for this engine, and possibly next gen consoles. but who gives a becuasee the pc will outdate them within a year anyway!!!

JosephPS3 Dead State

On September 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

What is XD?