Glossary Post - Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is a game engine developed and launched by Epic Games. It is frequently used in AAA games like Fornite, Epic’s battle royale, and Psyonix’s Rocket League. Unreal Engine allows developers to create games for various platforms such as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Four, Xbox One, and desktop computers. Due to the flexibility of the system, it is widely used by game developers from around the world. Both experienced and amateur programmers can use UE for developing computer games. Experienced programmers can write their scripts, codes by using C++, while amateur programmers can use blueprints blocks. Blueprint blocks are prefabricated code blocks that amateur programmers can use to make interactions in their games. 

History

The first generation of Unreal Engine was created in 1991 by Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. In 1995, the first-person shooter game Unreal was launched by the company. The codes of the game were written at Unreal Engine by Tim Sweeney. 

Features of Unreal Engine

C++ source code and Python Scripting 

Programmers can study customize and debug their projects while using the C++ source code access feature of the UE. The program allows users to automate workflows with full support for scripting of Python. 

Robust of multiplayer frameworks

Over two decades, UA is working on and producing battle-tested multiplayer video games. UE offers client /server architecture that enhances the practicality of the multiplayer component for programmers. 

Photo-real rendering

UE provides the client with photo-real rendering features in real-time, which allows them to achieve high-quality visuals in their games. 

This feature includes:

  • Dynamic shadow options

  • Screen space

  • 3D reflections

  • Lightning channels

  • Ray-traced rendering

VR, AR, and MR 

UE  provides high-quality gaming solutions for developing both Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality games. Unreal Engine four offers forward rendering, MSAA, and stereo rendering features that help users to create these games.