(Source: Official Unreal Engine website)
When Epic Games announced that their Unreal Engine would be free to download back in March 2015, game developers have rejoiced ever since. The engine continues to impress the game development community, especially after today’s update, which includes a new cinematics/animation tool (called Sequencer) and VR Editor tool preview. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!
Labeled as version 4.12, the new Unreal Engine update contains many features that are elaborated upon in their latest blog post. The most notable update though, is the introduction of a new “non-linear, real-time cinematics and animation tool”, called Sequencer. This tool acts as a successor to Matinee, which includes enhanced features like: creating alternative versions of shots and a collaborative work environment, where multiple artists can work on the same scene simultaneously.
Another noteworthy feature is the new Unreal VR Editor tool preview. Game developers now have the ability to “edit levels while immersed in virtual reality”, which includes being able to freeform drag objects within the level using VR motion controllers. The VR Editor tool is compatible with both the development versions of HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Some of the other major engine updates include:
- Rendering enhancements to surface reflections
- High-quality mobile post-processing
- Enhanced GPU particles on high-end Android and iOS devices
- Full scene importing
- Platform SDK updates to the following:
- Xbox One
A comprehensive list of all the engine updates can be found at the link below.