EPIC: “We Don’t Feel Beaten by Other Engines”

Epic Games isn’t threatened by other game engines and has full confidence in its Unreal Engine 4. Moreover, the studio believes other engine developers try too hard to compete with Epic’s creation.

Chris Wynn, senior producer at Epic Games, told VG247:

“I don’t think we ever feel beaten by them, but we definitely look at other engines to see what they’re doing. This is going to sound a little cocky, but sometimes I think that the other engines are trying to go in different directions just to try and compete with Unreal.

“It’s like they’re trying to find something unique and new. I’d say that the one I look at the most and makes me go ‘wow’ is Unity, because of what they’ve been able to do. They’ve really expanded their tools to be more versatile, and that is really interesting.

“I remember looking at the Crytek tools and thinking, ‘yeah, that is as slick as hell, those are sweet tools’. But we never sit down and say, ‘wow those guys are beating us, let’s change direction.’ We’ve set our direction, we’re going to hit it and I think we’re going to keep on competing.”

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Unreal Engine, but I’ve recently developed an appreciation for Crytek’s engine as well. What’s your take? Do you believe Epic is overconfident?

Also… can we have Unreal Tournament 4 now?

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4 Comments on EPIC: “We Don’t Feel Beaten by Other Engines”

TheDog

On October 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Although epics engine is good, I much prefere Cryteks engine. It just looks better in my humble opinion. Been a fan of crytek for years now.

SupremeAllah

On October 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

Well, this all depends really. If he is referring to the Unreal 4 engine specifically, then I can’t say too much since there isn’t a game out currently running on Unreal 4 tech.

However, if he is talking about Unreal 3 tech, then he’s full of himself. Cry2 as well as Cry3 are both way better than what Unreal 3 is capable of.

Much of my opinion stems from how underwhelmed I was by the Unreal 3 engine to begin with. It wasn’t a bad engine by any means, it just simply didn’t do anything better than any of the other engines out there at the time. Graphically, I was expecting more. The initial screen shots of Unreal Tournament 3 were amazing looking, but in practice in the game, not as much.

Take Cry2 or Cry3 on the otherhand, where the screenshots look incredible and in practice, look just as good.

Maybe a lot of it is due to the Unreal folks not pushing their engine as hard as they could be, due to them releasing console games heavily. Crytrek was able to make Crysis 2 look reasonably well on the X-Box, but without sacrificing what the PC version had going on (even though the PC Crysis2 was released as a DX9 garbage heap, and wasn’t properly upgraded to DX11 until long after people stopped playing it)

I always get excited for new engines, so I’m not just knocking the Unreal guys. And while the tech demo for Unreal4 does look impressive, I will hold all judgements until I see it in practice.

But one can look at this tech demo, then go look at the modern Cry3 tech demo, and I think most would say Cry3 is far more impressive.

R.J.

On October 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

It’s hard to say if they’re overconfident with Unreal4 since no games using it are out. If we’re talking Unreal 3, I’d say there are probably other engines that are more impressive, but I can see where Epic would develop a high opinion of its engine considering how many games from various genres use it. If a bunch of other companies approach you wanting to license your engine, there is probably something worthwhile about it.

SXO

On October 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

Forget about what kind of visuals these engines are capable of producing. The real metric is how easy they are to create games with, and how wide-ranging the hardware they are capable of running on. Once you look at that, then it’s easy to see why Epic is so confident with Unreal Engine. I’m a fan of many other engines, but even I have to admit that games running on Unreal Engine run surprisingly smooth with old hardware while still delivering impressive visuals. When I played Mass Effect 2 I was surprised at what they were able to deliver with such an old engine, granted it had some upgrades in that time, but it still ran buttery smooth.