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Unreal Development Kit

March 2010 beta now available.

CARY, N.C. (March 9, 2010) – Epic Games, Inc. has released the March 2010 UDK Beta, an updated version of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides uncompromised access to the award-winning game development toolset.

Epic is committed to providing the UDK community with regular software releases at no charge, and the latest beta is available now at www.udk.com/download.

An extensive list of new additions and improvements included with this version is available at:

http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/DevelopmentKitBuildUpgradeNotes.html#March 2010: UDKInstall-2010-03-BETA

March 2010 Beta

Improved UDK Features and Tools

• Autodesk FBX format support (FBX version 2010.2)

o Static meshes, skeletal meshes and animations can now be imported from FBX files

o The FBX format is supported by many 3D modeling packages

- including 3ds Max, Maya, and MotionBuilder.

o Download FBX plug-ins from Autodesk

- http://autodesk.com/fbx

- http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/FBXImporting.html

Interactive Static Meshes

o Static meshes can now be configured so that all instance of that mesh placed in a level can become dynamic and react with physics when shot or pushed, giving the environment a more interactive feel.

o The advantages of this implementation are:

- Consistent behavior

• all objects using that mesh will be interactive, instead of it depending on level designer set up.

- Transparent to meshing

• L.D.s don't have to do anything special, but they can prevent specific objects from being able to become dynamic when necessary.

- These meshes are lit like any other static meshes until they move so there is no visual impact to using this system.

- No additional performance or memory cost to these meshes except during the short period when a mesh is being physically simulated.

o This system is intended for use with small decorative meshes that don't have any gameplay implications.

- The interactivity is client-side and is not replicated.

o http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/InteractiveStaticMeshes.html

New Attachment Editor

o For displaying and modifying object relationships

o Lets you view and edit the attachment graph for a selected set of actors

o http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/AttachmentsBrowserReference.html

mipmap sharpening

o Increases perceived resolution of textures w/o memory or performance impact

o http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/ContentBlog.html#MipGenSettings

Property window favorites

o Simply mark a property as a favorite and it will always be displayed at the top of your property window.

o Combined with the search capability, this will greatly stream-line data access in the Unreal Editor.

o http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/PropertyWindows.html#Property Window Favorites

New UDN documentation

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UDKCommunityLinks.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/EditorPackageSaveProcedure.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CharacterEncoding.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/AttachmentsBrowserReference.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/ColorPicker.html

Updated UDN Documentation

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/LevelBrowserReference.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UnrealUnits.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/AnisotropicLighting.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CascadeUserGuide.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/InstancedMaterials.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/InstancedMaterials_TimeVarying.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/PhysicalMaterialSystem.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UnrealScriptReference.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/SCCIntegration.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/LevelOptimization.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UIDataStore.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/AudioSystem.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UsingWaypoints.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CrowdSystem.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/LitTranslucency.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/DebuggerInterface.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/MainEditorToolbar.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/UE3MinSpecs.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CreatingHairUsingAlpha.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/MaterialsTutorial.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CreatingNormalMaps.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/MassiveLOD.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/CustomLighting.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/VisibilityCulling.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/ParticleExamples.html

• http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/ShadowingReference.html

Additional documentation, code samples and more are available at the Unreal Developer Network (UDN):


Community links:

UDK LinkedIn user group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2493123

UDK on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/UDK/183744733429

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