Despite the advances that are clear in new game engines like CryEngine 3 and Luminous, the development team at Epic Games working on the new Unreal Engine 4 technology does not feel threatened and believes that Unity is the biggest competitor it has at the moment.
Chris Wynn, who is a senior producer working at Epic Games
, told VG247 that, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Wynn has revealed that he has played around with the development tools included in CryEngine 3, which is created by Crytek, and appreciated their ease of use but that does not mean that Epic Games will react by changing the core elements of Unreal Engine 4.
The new game engine is at the moment only slated to be introduced for the PC, although once Microsoft and Sony announce their next generation of home consoles, Epic Games will also offer it for them.
The first game to use Unreal Engine 4 will be called Fortnite
and will include cooperative mechanics.
Unreal Engine 4 was first demoed via the impressive Samaritan demo, which many believed was also a hint about a new game project that Epic Games will create in order to promote the new engine.
At the moment, the studio is also working on Gears of War: Judgment.