Epic Games to preview next gen graphics engine at GDC privately with media, open for appoint-only meetings
Technology demo will be nothing short of “breathtaking”, open to media only and under NDA (at least for now)
Last week Epic Games, the developer of the Gears of War franchise, revealed that they would be showing their next generation graphics engine to a private media audience at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. The developer has confirmed that the engine is called Unreal Engine 4, the follow-up to the current Unreal Engine 3.
Even though the wider public won’t be able to see the engine, “select licensees, partners, prospective customers and the media behind closed doors” will be able to get a first look at the engine. Non-disclosure agreements will need to be signed before being allowed to view the demo. There is no word on whether the information will be allowed to become public at some point after the event, or whether other events such as E3 will be the first chance for the public to see the engine.
Last year Epic Games released a tech demo, know as “Samaritan”, of the next-gen engine, which was revealed to be able to scale up all the way from a mobile device to a console platform.
The company has also confirmed there will be business and technology meetings on the current engine, along with appointment-only media briefings on Wednesday and Thursday during the show.
The demonstration will take place at the Moscone Center, San Francisco during GDC from March 5-9, with the show kicking off next Tuesday. Epic Games has also confirmed that there will be talks from Chair co-founders Geremy and Donald Muster, Gears of War producer Rod Ferguson, design director Cliff Blezinski and the founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney.
Cliff Blezinski will also present the 12th Game Developers Choice Awards on March 7. Many categories are being contested: Bastion has been nominated for Best Debut, Best Audio and Best Downloadable Game among others. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been nominated for Best Game Design, Best Technology and Game of the Year to select a few. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has been nominated for Best Narrative, Best Technology and Best Visual Art. Super Mario 3D Land and Jetpack Joyride are two of the games up for Best Handheld/Mobile Game.