Unreal Engine 4 Showcase VR, AR and MR In New Trailer

Opening their Game Developer Conference 2018, Epic Games has distributed a new trailer for the Unreal Engine 4 featuring a number of virtual reality (VR) titles.

Though packed to breaking point with all manner videogames and experiences built using the Unreal Engine 4 there were a number of VR trailers featured that showcase the power of the software. The VR titles that were included in the showcase offer an insight into the types of experiences that can be created by developers for a whole range of different platforms thanks to the engine.

One VR title featured that many are sure to know was Moss, the hit PlayStation VR videogame which recently released. Taking players into a fantasy world within a book, they met Quill and must work together to help complete an epic adventure. Developer Polyarc Games used the Unreal Engine 4 to create a highly detailed fantasy world and deliver stunning animations for Quill, which included the use of sign language. They have since taken Quill onto iOS with a set of animated stickers.

VRFocus’ Staff Writer Rebecca Hills-Duty reviewed Moss saying: “Moss is a flawlessly crafted experience starring a character that absolutely deserves to be the face of modern VR. Every inch of the world shows attention to detail, and a story is woven that draws you in, making you truly invested in the world and in Quill as a person.”

Star Wars Secret of the Empire

The League of Legends: Elder Dragon mixed reality (MR) experience also got a feature in the trailer, which was used during the League of Legends Worlds 2017 Grand Final Stage. Developer Riot Games have been looking at new ways to bring their hit title to more platforms for sometime and the Elder Dragon crashing the party was a stunning experience for both fans of the title and new comers alike.

Upcoming arcade flight combat title Ace Combat 7 is also making use of the VR capabilities of the Unreal Engine 4 and is set to be playable in full with a VR head-mounted display (HMD). VRFocus’ Senior Staff Writer Peter Graham got hands on with Ace Combat 7 last July saying: “In its present state Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown promises high octane flying action for PlayStation VR players that’s sure to encourage legions of fans to try the VR compatibility. As long as Bandai Namco manage to provide enough content to satisfy then PlayStation VR is likely to have another killer exclusive title when the videogame finally arrives next year.”

Another VR experience which made use of the Unreal Engine 4 was the Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire full-body experience that was created by The Void and ILMxLAB. Players were able to enter the world of Star Wars and live out a whole new story all with hyper-reality detail. Players wear an untethered VR system and move freely around a multi-sensory experience and must survive against all odds in order to recover imperial intelligence vita to the rebellion’s survival. Unreal Engine 4 was a key part of the development of the experience, allowing the teams at The Void and ILMxLAB to bring Star Wars to a new reality.

The Unreal Engine 4 was also used in the French elections by news channels in conjugation with green screens to deliver real-time MR to viewers. The full Unreal Engine 4 showcase trailer can be watched below and goes to show just how powerful and flexible the engine really is.

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