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Epic Games demos Unreal Engine 4 with an epic elemental battle

Along with all the new PS4 peripherals and games announced at Sony’s press event yesterday, Sony gave Epic Games a moment to show off a demo of their Unreal Engine 4. Epic hopes that this next-generation engine will help developers design the games of the future, and offered up this preview to show what it can do.

For those of us who don’t develop games, this might not look particularly impressive. To most, it just looks like a typical fight between a lava monster and an a surly ice beast, but there’s a lot going on here – dynamic lighting and shadowing that bring intensity and contrast to the volcanic and snowy landscapes, real-time reflections, subsurface scattering, and GPU-powered particle effects – things that make animations look incredibly realistic.