Epic's Unreal Engine has been ever present in the gaming industry for some time now. Many amazing games ran via the power of Unreal Engine 3 last gen and the same is currently taking place with Unreal Engine 4. It has become arguably the most popular gaming engine for both triple-A and indie studios. The engine even made its way into the more traditional landscape producing its first fully rendered episodic animated series, ZAFARI back in 2017. So with all of this success, it is no surprise Epic received the award for the Technology and Engineering Emmy.
The Technology and Engineering Emmy Award was first introduced in 1948 and honours development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering. An award to an individual, a company, or to a scientific or technical organization for developments and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies which either represent so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected the transmission, recording, or reception of television.
Epic may retain the award next year as their recent updated version Unreal 4.22 improved on Unreal 4's foundation. According to the developers, Unreal 4.22 is 'bringing powerful new features to content creators and storytellers. The release introduces ray tracing and a host of virtual production tools, including a new UI for the Composure compositing tool; support for OpenColorIO (OCIO) color profiles; Sequence Take Recorder for faster iteration and review of takes; multi-user collaborative editing features, and much more'.
ZAFARI, the first fully rendered episodic animated series
No one knows for sure what the future holds for the Unreal Engine. With next gen gaming reportedly closer than we think we may very well see the arrival of Unreal Engine 5 in the next update. For more information on Unreal Engine 4.22 you can visit the following link:https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/what-is-unreal-engine-4. Also you can check out the latest news rival game engine Unity or animation software Blender.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.