Epic: next-gen experience “a substantial leap”

Epic Games says next-generation games being made with Unreal Engine 4 will represent a substantial leap above what’s on offer for existing consoles.

Studio founder and CEO Tim Sweeney told Edge that next-gen games will offer a similar experience to what Epic can currently deliver on top of the line PCs.

“We’re more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of high-end platforms,” he said. “What we’re doing on high-end PCs is going to be representative of the future consumer gaming experience and it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be a substantial leap over the current generation.”

Unreal Engine 4 games are expected to debut later this year, with Epic leading the pack with its own titles. Studio vice president Mark Rein said last year: "It’s certainly important for us to have our flagship game. That’s the game for which we develop the engine. Gears of War was the game for which Unreal Engine 3 was developed, and so shipping that has a huge significance for licensees and for us. I think, for Unreal Engine 4, there’ll certainly be a couple of games.”

Check out the Unreal Engine 4 E3 2012 demo and get our impressions of it here.

Sony is expected to reveal PS4 at an event taking place on Wednesday February 20, which the company has teased will let gamers ”see the future". Check out our PlayStation 4 rumor roundup and Xbox 720 rumour roundup for all the latest leaks and speculation.




  • shawksta - February 15, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    EH "Will be similar to what can be done on high-end PCs now’" Thats not really WOW to be honest, and frankly im more interested in Unique uses of the Unreal Engine, Metroid Prime used Unreal 2.5 and it still looks amazing compared to what we see Devs do with Unreal 3
  • Rub3z - February 15, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    True dat. God, some people just don't realize... if Nintendo (and a few other choice developers) can make games for the Wii that look just as good as any other current-gen offerings on 360 and PS3, I can't wait to be blown away by what they can do with the leap to HD graphics. With New Super Mario Bros. U it's clear they're just warming up and it still looks beautiful. With a U already in my home, and a quality gaming PC coming into my hands soon, I'm incredibly apprehensive to drop cash on any of MS or Sony's consoles unless they can offer something truly astounding for the right price point... something actually on par with where gaming PCs will be soon, at the least. Which seriously isn't likely at all for a reasonable price point.
  • gopher1369 - February 18, 2013 4:53 a.m.

    Um, yeah, absolutely. Bearing in mind that the current generation of PC hardware was released in 2011 (My Radeon 7850 was released November 2011), Epic are really saying that "when launched the new games consoles will only be able to match 2 year old PCs". Very unexciting!
  • Travia220 - February 15, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    Ah, I see the PR spewage from Epic is in full force now just a few days before the big Sony announcement. It's funny because only a few months ago Epic was complaining that nextgen wasn't powerful enough to take full advantage of UE4.. Now they talk like it's the coming of god. It's humorous to see how much these companies flip flop.

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