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Unreal Development Kit - December Beta Available NOW

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2010 @ 6:54 a.m. PST

Epic Games launched the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3, providing the community access to the toolset like never before, and has now released an updated version, including iOS support.

Get the Unreal Development Kit December 2010 Beta off WP (1.1GB)

Extensive UDK technical documentation is available at the Unreal Developer Network, and community members can share ideas, show off projects and learn from UDK developers like Psyonix and The Prometheus Team.

3D Buzz will soon release dozens of free video tutorials specific to UDK to complement the company’s existing Unreal Engine 3 video training modules. Over 100 Unreal Technology videos are viewable at the 3D Buzz web site free of charge.

Individuals and companies wishing to develop software for commercial purposes should refer to licensing terms. Commercial terms have been structured to make it easy for independent developers, start-up firms and seasoned professionals to use UDK with minimal financial barrier from concept to deployment.

Are you working on something you want the world to see? Display your work in the Project Show-Off forums.

Don’t forget, you can now purchase a commercial UDK license over the web. It’s easy and secure.

The December UDK Beta includes new tools for making iOS games and apps, such as Epic’s free “Epic Citadel” App, which has been downloaded to more than 1.5 million iOS devices.

“Epic Citadel” introduces the setting for “Infinity Blade,” the all-new action adventure sword-fighting game for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad from Epic’s ChAIR Entertainment available now at the App Store. Released December 9, “Infinity Blade” has already been named IGN Entertainment’s iPhone Game of the Year.

Until now, only select Unreal Engine 3 commercial licensees have had access to the engine’s world-class mobile game development tools, which bring top of the line, triple-A visuals to handheld gaming platforms. The release of UDK with iOS support marks a major breakthrough because now anyone can work with the same toolset used to create Epic’s blockbuster “Gears of War” series of games as well as the graphically stunning iOS releases “Epic Citadel” and “Infinity Blade.”

UDK’s iOS development feature set includes:

  • The full source and content for “Epic Citadel,” plus an additional castle demo map;
  • Support for major Unreal Engine 3 desktop features, including the award-winning Unreal Editor and its fully integrated suite of tools including Unreal Kismet, Unreal Cascade and Unreal Matinee;
  • Superior rendering systems, including Unreal Lightmass global illumination supported by Unreal Swarm distributed computing;
  • Content streaming functionality: Build huge, seamless environments;
  • Advanced lighting and shadowing such as per-pixel lighting and real-time shadows;
  • Console-quality capabilities: Make games with animations, particle effects and player collision;
  • Full Unreal Kismet visual scripting functionality: Create games without having to modify program code;
  • Convenient mobile previewer makes it possible to emulate games at native resolution for quick iteration;
  • UDK Remote enables iOS devices to serve as wireless controllers with full touch and tilt functionality for testing games on the computer;
  • New Unreal Frontend system compiles scripts and deploys builds for multiple platforms with the simple click of a button.

“With the tremendous success of Infinity Blade, we couldn’t be happier to put our free tools into the hands of iOS developers all over the world. We’ve proven what Unreal Engine 3 can accomplish on mobile, and we’re ready to usher in a new wave of amazing handheld games and applications,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games.

Included Content:

UDK ships with "UT Demo," which is demo content from "Unreal Tournament 3" consisting of four maps: Deck, Necropolis, Sanctuary, and Sandstorm; with deathmatch, team deathmatch, and vehicle capture the flag gametypes. Assets include one robot character, three weapons and four vehicles.

In "UT Demo," blood, gore and human opponents have been removed. Levels have been enhanced to showcase recent upgrades to UE3 technology. See udk.com/showcase-ut-game.html for comparison screenshots.

The "Unreal Tournament 3" Unreal Editor is widely used for learning UE3, and now UDK provides all of its game creation tools in addition to high-level engine features developed since the game?s release. "UT Demo" is an excellent starting point to explore UDK?s capabilities, especially for those looking to develop their own first-person shooter experience.

System requirements

Minimum:
  • Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista
  • 2.0+ GHz processor
  • 2 GB system RAM
  • SM3-compatible video card
  • 3 GB Free hard drive space
Recommended for Content Development:
  • Windows Vista 64 SP2
  • 2.0+ GHz multi-core processor
  • 8 GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA 8000 series or higher graphics card
  • Plenty of HDD space
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