Unreal Engine is regarded one of the most popular and professional game development tools today. So what is Unreal Engine? Let’s find out what unreal engine actually is, its history and current development trend in this article.

What is Unreal Engine?

Unreal engine is a gaming engine – software used to create and design a video game. Created by 28-year-old programmer Tim Sweeney.

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Unreal Engine enables users to create 3D graphics, interactive effects with excellent image quality and seamless motion. It offers significant map customization, which may build object-rich landscapes with rich light and color, and blur surface textures when far away. In addition, the game engine can also manage sound effects, lighting effects, physical impact effects, and create artificial intelligence (AI) to govern the behaviors of characters in the game.

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Unreal Engine may be utilized for game creation on various platforms from PC to consoles such as PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Besides, it also supports two programming languages, C++ and Python. Unreal Engine has caused a revolution in the history of the gaming industry, enabling to save a lot of time and work while still delivering great efficiency.


History of Unreal Engine

Unreal was originally published as a first-person shooter game by Epic in 1998, in which creator Tim Sweeney contributed 90 percent of the development process. The Unreal game at this time was created by the Unreal Engine engine system that grabbed many people’s attention. At present moment, the game offers players very high map customization, the opportunity to build beautiful landscapes with rich lighting and colors… It has generated a tremendous fever in the gaming world. at that time.



Unreal Engine is continuously being developed, passing through versions with amazing features added and becoming an essential toolset for creating blockbuster games. Moreover, Unreal Engine is also utilized in the creation of effects for Hollywood blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Independence Day.



Current development trends of Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is one of the major game engines used in the gaming industry. It has introduced game creation to everyone in a simpler and more affordable manner, therefore it is extremely popular and used in most of the new games nowadays.



According to Newzoo’s estimate, Unreal Engine will exceed 200 billion USD by 2023 if it maintains with the present development pace. This will remain the trump card of the Epic Games house in the future. Unreal Engine has always being studied by Epic Games so that it may still rule the world’s gaming industry for a long period in the future.

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