Unreal Engine 4 tech demo looks fancy but can it make toast?


Epic have released another video of their Unreal Engine 4 in action and it is predictably impressive. Let’s not belittle the tech that’s on offer, it clearly has more graphics – possibly all of them – running faster and at higher resolutions than ever before. It looks great. But the real takeaway from the video is which bonehead engineer in the fiction of the world Epic created decided to install a red button that makes the factory explode?

Like I said before, very pretty.

But that red button, As far as I can make out it stops the production line. Fair enough, lots of factories have similar buttons, but why have the vehicle carrying arms let go when you stop the production line? That just seems like an accident waiting to happen.

Besides that, is this a game which Epic are working on? They’ve used tech demos in the past to reveal assets that would become Gears of War and a new iteration of Unreal Tournament. this could be another instance of that.

However, nothing ever seems to have come of the The Samaritan. So it’s not a hard and fast rule. Could it be that this, too, is in the same world?