What do you see when you look at these pictures? Just some standard shots of landscape scenes right? Well you would be partly correct. These are landscape scenes, however, they are not normal pictures at all. These are screenshots from a PC of landscapes created by the Unreal Engine 4. Unreal Engine has been used to power many of today’s most popular games and was developed by Epic Games. The engine was first introduced with the game Unreal back in 1998, and is mainly designed for use with first person shooter video games. Unreal Engine however has been successfully used as a game engine for a variety of other game genres such as MMORPG’s, RPG’s, and even stealth games. Using C++, the Unreal Engine has a high degree of portability and has become an invaluable tool for many game developers currently working in the industry. You have to got to see to believe these images created using the unreal engine.
This winter landscape looks so real I feel I could jump into and start making actual snow angels. I find the snow clinging to the tree branches to look particularly real.
This is what the future of gaming will look like. Pretty much the exact same as reality.
These kind of images can make you question whether we will always be able to tell the difference but what is real and what is virtual.
The detail of the wetness on the stones and all the little pebbles around them is absolutely striking.
The amount of detail that this engine can create really is extraordinary.
I have never seen computer generated sand look as good as this. I really do feel like I’m staring at a picture of a beach.
These Obsidian stones have all the texture and depth you would expect from a real image.
What good video game would be complete without a setting in some sort of desolate lava field?
This shot could almost pass for an ocean during a sunset.
Save the best for last right? My absolute favorite shot from this group of photos. The colors and shadowing are absolutely stunning and so real. The mistiness of the light coming through the trees is something I’ve never seen done better in any other graphic image.
Gaming graphics have taken leaps and bounds in the past 10 years. We have gone from big pixels with no detail except creating blocky objects on the Atari, to what we though were great graphics on the Nintendo 64 and the original Playstation. Now with the development of next generation consoles with even more processing power, it seems the future of gaming is headed to places that no one would have thought possible a decade ago. Look out gamers, this new era is going to be pretty exciting!