VIDEO | PC Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Unreal Engine 3 Real-Time Demo

Unreal Engine 3 Real-Time Demo

Because we all love beautiful high-definition videos, we're sharing with you the nice real-time demo of the new Unreal Engine 3 in direct-feed at 1080p called Samaritan, with a few screens and details about the engine.


Unreal Engine 3 takes game engine graphics to the next level with “Samaritan,” a real-time demo revealed at the 2011 Game Developers Conference.

Now supporting DirectX 11, UE3 utilizes DirectX features such as tessellation and displacement, geometry shaders, multisampled textures and Shader Model 5.

High-end rendering features include:

• Image-based reflections that allow surfaces of any shape to reflect an approximate version of scenes, with varying glossiness across surfaces, anisotropic HDR highlights and anti-aliasing;
• Subsurface scattering (SSS) that simulates the light that scatters inside semi-translucent materials, which makes character skin come alive;
• Anti-aliased masked materials that super sample the edges of masked and alpha-tested materials, resulting in highly realistic hair;
• Deferred rendering with MSAA support;
• Bokeh depth of field providing close to film-quality DOF, with artist-controllable Bokeh; and
• High-quality dynamic shadows from many lights on the environment.

Epic also worked with NVIDIA to implement APEX physics technology, which is illustrated by dynamic clothing movement in “Samaritan.” Other APEX features available now include turbulence and real-time destructibility.

Real-time Demo (1080p)

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Commented on 2011-03-09 17:00:36
Bring on next gen :)
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:04:40
Everyone's using that music now. The Inception noise *BWAAAAAAAAAHHHHH*
Bf3 has it too
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:04:51
3 gtx 580's?

Not sure the next gen consoles will have that.

Sad we won't have the next-gen consoles soon.

Nice and purty engine though.
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:08:24
Quite brilliant, would love to see the hardware to run this + AA + 1080p or more.
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:26:45
crytek...crytek...pph.. UNREAL!!!
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:44:59
if this doesnt turn into an actual game, then epic need a slap.

this is too advanced for next gen tho. WAY too advanced. we may get some of those features, but not with that level of quality.
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:52:14
i read that this is Unreal Engine v. 3.97 thats why they called it 3,imagine when it wil be Unreal Engine 4 ! ! ! :-) I'm 100% sure that this graphics will be the STARTING quality for Next-Gen consoles!And see the footage of CryEngine3 from gdc2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgrrrzJS89s , of what a good today pc can do,spectacular ! ! !
Commented on 2011-03-09 17:55:41 In reply to CrazyKot
Posted by CrazyKot
crytek...crytek...pph.. UNREAL!!!
Crytek Engine is still more impressive IMO.
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:01:53
If that's next gen then it's disappointing, even U3 cutscenes are not far from that. I thought the leap to next gen will be way bigger, like usualy.
Posted by ThanDee
And see the footage of CryEngine3 from gdc2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgrrrzJS89s , of what a good today pc can do,spectacular ! ! !
That's looking way better then this crappy UE3 trailer. Im not really a fan of the UE3 engine, looks weird, especially with human models, even ND tops them with U3.
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:07:49
SSS, reflections and high quality lighting/shadows is what makes UE stand out for me in this case. CryTek hardly disappoints either, and their tools look pretty damn kickass (love the realtime connection between maya and the editor and that stuff). But i'm more interested in seeing what a game might look like in this version of UE3 with the shader model 5 support and DX 11 features.
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:08:12
I got to say, even though this may be insanely technically advanced, I prefer what we've seen from BF3. Mainly the animations in this video looked way too stiff and clunky to be realistic. It's such a typical example of "the chain isn't stronger than its weakest link".
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:11:47
Impressive, it has almost the same quality as Blizzards CGI from SC 2
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:16:32 In reply to Radan
Posted by Radan
I got to say, even though this may be insanely technically advanced, I prefer what we've seen from BF3. Mainly the animations in this video looked way too stiff and clunky to be realistic. It's such a typical example of "the chain isn't stronger than its weakest link".
For fucks sake, realize that this is a tech demo and not some animators showreel. It's made for the sole purpose of showing off the new effects that can be pulled off with the new additions to the engine, not showcase a game. The chain is pretty strong in this case as the engine renders some damn pretty scenes and shows off some nice stuff. Had a new animation system been part of it you would have a valid argument but so far as i know that's not really the case.
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:18:40 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
if this doesnt turn into an actual game, then epic need a slap.
Yes!

Enough with that steroid using soldier designs in all of their games, its enough!

This could be an awesome game, I already love the transformation the guy can do, and its a dark gritty sci fi, so I want! (multiplatform).
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:31:51 In reply to skyform
Posted by skyform
If that's next gen then it's disappointing, even U3 cutscenes are not far from that. I thought the leap to next gen will be way bigger, like usualy.
But this is Unreal Engine 3.97 and 2011,A window open for Unreal engine 4
and 2013!
Commented on 2011-03-09 18:51:26
it's unbelievable. the artistic and technical potential in this, all real-time. i can't wait. let's hope sony and microsoft are paying attention.
Commented on 2011-03-09 19:16:36
Posted by Megido
For fucks sake, realize that this is a tech demo and not some animators showreel. [...]
"For fucks sake" realise that this is a tech demo where they are trying to show us exactly what they are theoretically able to do with the engine if they ran it on the absolute top of the line system that you can get your hands on.

I'm not stupid, _of course_ they focus on what's new in this version, but nevertheless it is still the complete package they are trying to show off and (most importantly) sell.

If you seriously think they would show us _anything_ else than the absolute upper limit of what they can do, then you are plainly fooling yourself.


Edit: Found the quote button :)
Commented on 2011-03-09 19:19:23
don't expect this quality of ps4 and 720 (seeing how many lightyears ps3 and 360 are away from this...)
Commented on 2011-03-09 19:24:51 In reply to ThanDee
Posted by ThanDee
i read that this is Unreal Engine v. 3.97 thats why they called it 3,imagine when it wil be Unreal Engine 4 ! ! ! :-) I'm 100% sure that this graphics will be the STARTING quality for Next-Gen consoles!And see the footage of CryEngine3 from gdc2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgrrrzJS89s , of what a good today pc can do,spectacular ! ! !
That is really impressive.

Unreal engine has been lacking on PC for some time now. Cryengine now coming to console is a bad thing for epic. Even older Cryengine3 demo are impressive. This is what you call engine demonstartion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh1OqUysW3E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7ME7rkAkQ

Epic are showing their new IP with their new engine.
Commented on 2011-03-09 19:48:41 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
if this doesnt turn into an actual game, then epic need a slap.

this is too advanced for next gen tho. WAY too advanced. we may get some of those features, but not with that level of quality.
I don't exactly agree...look at what a huge leap uncharted 3 is over jak 3...this is hardly any larger...

Still this looks as good as most current cg...honestly, if next gen can't produce this, then count me out...they need to hold off until this is possible
Commented on 2011-03-09 19:49:46 In reply to Radan
Posted by Radan
"For fucks sake" realise that this is a tech demo where they are trying to show us exactly what they are theoretically able to do with the engine if they ran it on the absolute top of the line system that you can get your hands on.

I'm not stupid, _of course_ they focus on what's new in this version, but nevertheless it is still the complete package they are trying to show off and (most importantly) sell.

If you seriously think they would show us _anything_ else than the absolute upper limit of what they can do, then you are plainly fooling yourself.


Edit: Found the quote button :)
First off GDC is mainly there for the developers, not fans and not press. They are trying to sell their engine to developers, not gamers. I imagine they want to show it off, yes, but i also think that they are smart enough to not waste more time than they have to on a little piece like this. I'd wager that they are quite reluctant to take people away from their actual games just to produce trailers and stuff like this as those man hours are most likely better spent doing actual products rather than showcases for their engine. I don't think this is the best they could do animation wise, in fact i'm pretty sure that they could do better but animation is a VERY slow process, in fact i don't think people realize how much time quality animation consumes. There's no point in Epic pouring their top guys time in to a trailer like this and hence i don't think they did.

To be fair, i think this trailer is more than you could ask for considering who it's targeted at.

This is a tech demo, BF3 is a game and there is a huge difference in how the two are presented and what get's more time and effort.

Also the animation just isn't that bad, people are just whiny twats in general. The only part i can even comment on is the soldier firing the machine gun that maybe didn't look perfect, other than that it all looked fine. What is so bad about it?
Commented on 2011-03-09 20:00:01 In reply to skyform
Posted by skyform
If that's next gen then it's disappointing, even U3 cutscenes are not far from that. I thought the leap to next gen will be way bigger, like usualy.
That's looking way better then this crappy UE3 trailer. Im not really a fan of the UE3 engine, looks weird, especially with human models, even ND tops them with U3.
Man, I don't even understand a little how someone can think this way.
Commented on 2011-03-09 20:04:48 In reply to Ronsauce
That's what crack does to ya.
Commented on 2011-03-09 20:04:50 In reply to Megido
Agree completely. Animation is massively difficult to make "perfect"( the definition of which varies with subject and style). The animation in this is still pretty good. I really like the layered real-time cloth- incredible. The shaders in this vid are insanely good. The Crytek stuff looks great, but the people were a far cry (pun intended) from the realism of the environments. The CryEngine part with the futuristic city looks waaay weak compared to the new Unreal engine too.

And no, Uncharted;s cut-scenes are not even close, sorry, that's a ridiculous statement. If that footage doesn't impress (it's friggin' real-time!!), there is no hope...
Commented on 2011-03-09 20:21:14
God damn it, just make a blade runner game already!
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