Making Visual Effects With Unreal Engine 4

by Mike Futter on Oct 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Think about how many muzzle flashes you see during any shooter gameplay session. It's a pretty inconsequential thing amidst the frantic action on-screen, but watching it broken down in the video below makes it fascinating.

This video is the latest in a series that dig deeper into Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4. The footage explores the Infiltrator demo that we saw at GDC 2013.

Here's the original footage:

And here is the video explaining how the muzzle flashes, shell casings, and other nuanced visual effects were created:

You can also see another Unreal Engine 4 video on layered materials and one on creating characters. Unreal Engine 4 was also powering our first hands-on experience with the Oculus Rift HD.


Our Take
Unreal Engine 4 continues to look fantastic. As someone who has never seen the underside of a game like this, it's fascinating to get a deeper look at how the minute, nuanced effects come together to create the atmosphere and experience of playing a game.