Tekken 7 Could be Coming to PC

Games come with a choice, what platform do you get them on? With big releases coming out on several platforms at once, and some containing “exclusive” content, you are often required to choose the platform you see as the best for the game. With the revelation that Mortal Kombat XL won’t be coming to PC, the PC lacks a fighting game series with a history. Something Bandai Namco could solve with the rumours that Tekken 7 could be coming to PC.

All the way back in December, Katsuhiro Harada hinted at the possibility of a PC release for the Unreal Engine 4 game. Originally built for PC the Unreal engine has powered games over the years, from the Gears of War series to Batman Arkham City, meaning that a PC release for any games built using it should be easier than porting across a game that was specifically designed for consoles.

The latest fuel on the fire is a survey, that you can currently find here, that asks you quite simply do you want to see Tekken 7 on PC. We don’t know if there is a threshold that must be reached before Bandai Namco consider releasing Tekken 7 on PC but quite a few people will be interested in the concept. If you are one of them then sign away and hopefully we can make this happen.

Cliff Bleszinski Optimistic About Gears of War 4

Gears of War was one of Microsoft’s biggest titles when the Xbox 360 was released. Featuring Co-op, multiplayer and modern graphics the game quickly became a flagship for the Xbox consoles, featuring not just one but two sequels carrying on a story that left people angry and in tears all at the same time. It’s no surprise then that Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the franchise, has come out feeling rather happy with Gears of War 4.

The status posted on twitter, found below, makes it sound like he’s being kept in the loop regarding the series. Originally owned and created by Epic Games (the creator of the Unreal Tournament series and the Unreal Engine which Gears of War used), the franchise was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, with several games announced soon after.

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With such a popular series Microsoft has unleashed Gears of War Ultimate, a modern update and remake of the original featuring not just the storyline but features and weapons from the more recent games. There has been no word though on the PC version which has still yet to be released, displeasing some who were looking forward to the game, one which has been confirmed as not being a port from the console version.

With great series of games, it’s always nice to know when the original creators are interested and exciting about remakes and new approaches to the series. Will be interesting to see how Gears of War 4 measures up to expectations when it releases.

NASA Releases Astonishing Images of The Sun in 4K

Modern technology has allowed us all to see the beauty of our own solar system and gaze in its wonder. The advent of ultra-high resolution video means it’s now possible to observe planetary bodies in such an unbelievable degree of detail. Today, NASA released a video which captures the Sun’s temperature variation is glorious 4K. In NASA’s own words:

“SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material,” NASA’s YouTube channel explains. “In this video we experience images of the Sun in unprecedented detail captured by SDO. Presented in ultra-high definition video (4K) the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.”

The footage is accompanied by a soothing audio track which makes the video extremely relaxing and quite mesmerizing. Perhaps as imaging technology improves, scientists will be able to unveil more about the solar system and further our understanding of the universe. I really hope funding doesn’t inhibit research in the next century as scientific discovery is essential to progress the human race. If you even have a passing internet in astronomy, I’d definitely give the video a look!

Latest Unreal Tournament Build and Pre-Alpha Season Trailer Released

I’m sure a few of you have already been enjoying the pre-alpha build of the new Unreal Tournament, I know I have! And so far, it’s been pretty epic. For those that have been and, of course, for those who have yet to download it, the latest build is now available.

Epic Games have also released a new trailer for their free-to-play arena shooter, showing off the games newly added characters Skaarj and female NEcris with unlockable upgrades. There’s also three new maps in the build, perfect for those who’ve grown a little weary of the current line-up, but most importantly is a modern remake of one of the most iconic maps in Unreal history, Facing Worlds is back!

You’ll also find a new progressions system as well as offline challenges, adding to the already exciting game and we’ll no doubt see many more updates in the not too distant future.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Got an itchy trigger finger and want to take the game for a spin? Head over to the official site to download the game here.

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Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator Tech Demo Now Available for Download

I don’t know about you, but I love myself a good tech demo. It’s a shame that commercial games rarely, if at all, meet the visual appeal that many tech demos offer, but I often find them a great way to enjoy the full might of my graphics hardware and see the potential of future games.

“Infiltrator is a high-end demonstration of Unreal Engine 4’s rendering and cinematic capabilities. Originally shown at GDC 2013, it’s still highly representative of the capabilities of high-end PC GPUs.” – Epic Games

Unreal Engine 4 has been quickly gaining traction, and while we’ve seen numerous videos showing how it can flex its polygon gymnastics, we’ve not been able to run much of anything ourselves. The Infiltrator from Epic Games is a prime example of what UE4 can really do, so you’ll be glad to hear that you can finally download it test it on your own system!

The tech demo can be downloaded from the Epic Games Launcher, just head through to the ‘Learn’ tab once you get there and enjoy!

Download speed to slow or GPU hardware not up to the job? Check out the video below to see what all the fuss is about!

Have you downloaded the tech demo yet? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.

Unreal Engine 4 Real Time Images

An Unreal Engine forum member ‘koola’ has uploaded two screenshots from his latest project, the two images look incredibly mind-blowing most photo realistic we have seen to date, this is a very good show of visual quality that will be found in games in the close future.

Koola has previously delivered some über realistic real-time architectural visualization using the unreal engine 4. taking advantages that unreal can offer such as accessibility and power, the results of his work have wowed his colleagues and garnered attention the international press and also the Unreal Team themselves at epic. earlier this year Koola became the very first recipient of the inaugural innovative project designed in Unreal Engine 4.

Another notable project that will be using Unreal Engine 4 is the gorgeous abstention, a new survival horror tittle that will take inspiration from horror greats such as the resident evil series and Eternal Darkness and silent hill, Fan can expect a real mix of mental and horror elements with intense gameplay. An acclaimed game development studio Dontnod and the publisher Focus home Interactive announced Vampyr a new role-playing game powered by the Unreal engine 4, the game is set to release on play station 4, Xbox one and the PC.

Developers are always pushing the boundaries with the photo-realism with video games and this is definitely pushing the thresholds of true photorealistic visuals in a game engine.

Do you look forward to playing video games using the Unreal Engine 4?

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Apple Moves Closer to the Gaming Market

We know that Apple’s hardware, especially its OS X operating system, was not designed with gaming in mind. This is why gamers and developers alike chose Windows and its DirectX when it comes to graphics, but Apple seems to want a piece of the gaming market too and this was clearly shown today at their Worldwide Developer Conference.

If you are familiar with last year’s WWDC, then you know all about the company’s Metal API. If you don’t, then you should know that the latter is Apple’s gaming platform previously announced for their iOS devices. However, this year the company wants to integrate it into their latest OS X too.

Dubbed El Capitan, Apple’s latest OS X 10.11 seems to move closer than ever to the gaming market, bringing 10x rendering performance compared to their previous OS X. To demonstrate El Capitan’s potential, they brought Epic Games to show everyone how gaming can be made possible on low-level graphics performance.

Also, Epic Games is not the only company to back Apple’s decision. Metal seems to be endorsed by other big name gaming companies such as 2K Games, Blizzard, and Unity. The companies have announced that they will be integrating Apple’s Metal API into their engines, which means we can look forward to more titles coming to Apple’s OS next year.

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Epic Games Shows off Incredible Open-World Real-Time Environment

Epic Games have been pushing Unreal Engine 4 hard this year and the game engine is quickly establishing its self as a graphical powerhouse. During this years GDC, Epic showed off their latest UE4 demonstration, an incredible real-time open-world environment, known as Kite Tech Demo, which clocks in at a staggering 100 square miles.

Epic’s own Francois Antoine showcased a range of weather effects, a day/night cycle and more to show off the engines impressive lighting and shadows, AI animals that react to the players and a whole lot more.

The Video you want to see starts at the 46min mark, but there’s nothing stopping you from watching the whole thing!


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Awesome New Trailer Released for Unreal Tournament

It’s been a while since I’ve heard any news about the new Unreal Tournament. It’s been long enough that I actually forgot that the game had made a return at all! So today is a very awesome day indeed, as not only do we get a nice reminder, but we also get to see some gib filled action from Epic Games glorious return to form.

The new trailer shows off intense action and a gorgeous new map that is packed full of detail; setting the bar pretty high for the games future.

“Take a look at the Unreal Tournament gameplay trailer with footage from our latest map, Outpost 23. Outpost 23 sets our visual bar for where we would like to see Unreal Tournament continue moving forward. “

Remember, the new Unreal Tournament is free, just like its game engine counterpart UE4! So you can go download the latest build and play it right now! The game isn’t finished, but with the help of community development, it’s already shaping up to be a great experience.

 

Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace Launched to Compete with Unity

Unreal Engine 4 looks set to compete with Unity by launching its own marketplace, this will offer an easily accessible built-in resource to their engine, allowing people to browse free content that was created by the developers at Epic. The store is open for early submissions of community created content, this includes both free and paid commercial content such as samples, textures, prefabs, tutorials and more.

Those interested in submitting their work for consideration should follow these three steps.]

In a few weeks time the first bits of content will be made available to the community, which the developers at Unreal say “he result should be a robust mix of readily-usable asset packs containing models and materials; sample scenes; sounds; and other useful components.”

It’s still early days, so there is obviously a lot of work to be done before the store is up to a good standard and it will take time to grow a good level of content, but for developers who use UE4, this is a great addition to an already very powerful development tool.

Thank you UE for providing us with this information.

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Tekken 7 Leak Was Real, Powered by Unreal Engine 4

A leaked IGN new video made its way online this week when it was published by AOL.com ahead of the official announcement, revealing that it was powered by Unreal Engine 4. Now it looks like the leak was legit after the game was officially revealed at the Evo 2014 Fighting Game Tournament in Las Vegas on Sunday evening.

The game still focuses around the Mashima family, in keeping with the original time lines and back stories for the multitude of characters old and new battling through the King of the Iron Fist Tournament.

The new trailer suggests that this could be the final confrontation for the Mashimas, given that it ends with the words “Final Battle”, but that remains to be seen.

“With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it,” said Harada. “Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.”

The Tekken franchise has dropped out of favour in recent years, with some of the newer games being fairly sub-par in my opinion, especially when compared to rival offerings from Soul Calibur, Mortal Kombat and Injustice, so it’ll be great to see if they can return to form with Tekken 7.

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Watch Out CoD, Unreal Tournament Could Be Making A Comeback!

Unreal Tournament is one of the greatest and most successful first-person shooters of the era before Battlefield and Call of Duty came along and ruined thing for the rest of us. The games were furious, frantic, had great graphics and incredibly tight gameplay mechanics that are fun to use now as they where when the games released. Not to mention the series offered some of the most exciting team based action for LAN parties. Now it looks like the series may be making a return to our screens as Paul Meegan, VP of Product Development for Epic Games has suggested we all tune into the UnrealEngine channel on Twitch this Thursday (08/05/2014) at 2PM ET.

With Unreal Engine 4 now at their disposal, Epic Games are in a prime position to bring the series back to market, with eSports, ProGaming and LAN events now bigger than ever and the PC gaming market flourishing, it couldn’t come at a better time. The team is no longer working on the Gears of War series and things have been a little quiet from them, so we can only hope that a new Unreal title is in the works.

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Make Something Unreal Winner ‘Epigenesis’ Given Steam Early Access

Independent studio Dead Shark Triplepunch today announced its award-winning First-Person Arena Sports game Epigenesis.

Epigenesis is a multiplayer game for up to ten players in which two teams—armed with force-based, non-lethal weaponry and gravity boots—play a ball game over rooftops. When players score a goal, they gain access to seeds that sprout plants with special abilities that grant players buffs and help them capture the arena from their opponents. The game is set for a Q1 2014 release and is being developed for PC with Unreal Engine 3 by a ten-man strong indie team.

“Epigenesis is a love letter to Quake and Unreal Tournament’s Bombing Run. It’s a combination of the games that we miss from the time when we grew up, and we want to bring that same experience to new players but with a modern twist,” said Michael Levall, project lead for Dead Shark Triplepunch. “Whether you’re an old Quake player who misses the twitchy shooter, or if you’re someone who thinks you know the meaning of the word ‘hectic,’ Epigenesis has something for you.”

Epigenesis won Make Something Unreal Live (MSUL) 2013 from Epic Games and Game of the Year from the 2013 Swedish Game Awards and  is now in open for Early Access on Steam for $9.99 here.

Dead Shark Triplepunch will host a community tournament for Epigenesis through their Twitch channel Friday, Nov. 15 until Monday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT.

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First-Ever Unreal Indie Bundle Offers Seven Games for $20 / £14.99

Epic Games, Inc. has worked with numerous exceptionally talented independent developers to put together the very first Unreal Indie Bundle, giving gamers seven acclaimed, Unreal Engine 3-powered indie games for the price of one. For one week the Unreal Indie Bundle is available for $19.99 (USD), £14.99 (GBP) and €17.99 (EUR) on Steam.

From the tower-defending excitement of Trendy Entertainment’s “Dungeon Defenders” to the abstract first-person puzzling of Toxic Games’ “Q.U.B.E.,” the limited-time Unreal Indie Bundle showcases the great variety of games that can be developed using Epic’s industry-leading Unreal Engine technology.

Here’s a rundown of the titles included in the bundle, which launches today:

The Ball – Teotl Studios
The Ball is a first person action-adventure game featuring a captivating single-player campaign. When a swashbuckling archaeologist working on a dormant Mexican volcano gets stuck in a cavern, it doesn’t take long to realize there is much more to this exotic place.

Dungeon Defenders – Trendy Entertainment
Save the land of Etheria from an Ancient Evil in the tower defense action-RPG “Dungeon Defenders.” Create a hero from one of four distinct classes to fight back wave after wave of enemies by summoning defenses and directly participating in the action-packed combat.

Primal Carnage – Lukewarm Media
Primal Carnage” is an online multiplayer shooter that engrosses players in skilled PVP combat, team-based strategy and savage class-oriented matches unlike any previously experienced. Be it an armed human mercenary or a cunning dinosaur, “Primal Carnage” unleashes the inner beast in anyone who seeks to survive amongst the fittest.

Q.U.B.E. – Toxic Games
Set in a mysterious and abstract sterile environment, “Q.U.B.E.” (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) is a first-person puzzle game that challenges players to navigate each level by manipulating coloured cubes that surround them.

Sanctum – Coffee Stain Studios
You think Tower Defense games are all about building? You thought wrong. Sanctum is not an average tower defense title. When the havoc starts, join the fray! As a pioneer of the first-person shooter – tower defense genre, Sanctum” takes the best of both worlds to deliver an epic, one-of-a-kind experience.

Unmechanical – Teotl Studios and Talawa Games
Unmechanical is a puzzle adventure that combines tricky puzzle solving, alluring exploration and an engrossing atmosphere. Set in a fantastic world of flesh, rock and steel, the journey to freedom requires solving a great variety of puzzling challenges. While it’s easy to pick up and play, later challenges may prove very difficult indeed.

Waves – Squid in a Box
Shooter fans deserve more. And those who haven’t discovered the pleasure of twin-stick destruction deserve an entry point. Introducing “Waves,” a twin-stick shooter that can be played by anyone, but with a high enough skill threshold to keep even the most hardened shooter fan entertained.

Check out the Unreal Indie Bundle here