It’s hard to believe, but this year’s E3 has already come and gone. Now that the dust has settled, one of the biggest takeaways from this year’s show was this - the worldwide Unreal Engine development community is delivering some of the most highly-anticipated, innovative, engaging and downright beautiful games in the biz.
We at Epic are intensely proud of the devs who worked tirelessly to bring their Unreal-powered projects to the industry’s biggest stage and we marveled at the diverse range of titles on display. From mind-blowing co-op experiences to cutting-edge VR and a bit of everything in between, the range of memorable Unreal Engine games at E3 2017 is certainly impressive (full list of games below).
Here’s a recap of the week’s events to highlight the impact Unreal Engine developers had on E3 2017.
GAMES, GAMES and MORE GAMES
Unreal Engine developers showed up in full force at E3 2017 with nearly every corner of the convention center (and beyond) hosting a potential-packed project built in Unreal. From giant displays like Rare’s Sea of Thieves inside the Xbox booth to Boss Key’s LawBreakers with its constant crowds and even hidden gems like Polyarc’s Moss on PSVR inside the PlayStation booth and Sloclap’s Absolver on the Devolver Digital lot, it was difficult to find an area of the convention that didn’t bring a buzz-worthy Unreal Engine game to your attention.
To highlight this, our team hit the floor to catch up with over 20 developers showcasing their games at E3. From tinyBuild’s Hello Neighbor to Hazelight’s A Way Out and Aurora 44’s Ashen, we profiled a wide range of projects that truly show how you can bend and stretch Unreal.
We’ve already begun rolling out these interviews, a few of which you can catch below, but you might also want to hit up our E3 Playlist on YouTube to see the very latest as they go live.
TAKING CENTER STAGE
Of the nearly 90 Unreal Engine games at E3, 20 projects were featured prominently at the various press conferences leading up to the main event. In particular, the Microsoft briefing brought big announcements and fresh looks at titles including Sea of Thieves, Dragon Ball FighterZ, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Crackdown 3, The Darwin Project, The Artful Escape and Ashen. Meanwhile, the PlayStation press event featured key titles including Days Gone, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Moss alongside newly announced projects such as Supermassive Games’ Bravo Team, The Inpatient and Hidden Agenda.
Obviously, these games played a critical role in generating the excitement that came from the press events that preceded E3, so congrats to all of the teams involved!
UNREAL E3 AWARDS
The Unreal E3 Awards by GamesBeat returned this year to honor the most innovative, creative and visually-stunning Unreal Engine-powered games on display at this year’s show.
This year’s categories include Eye Candy, Best Hook, Most Addictive, Best Sequel, Best Original Game, Biggest Buzz, Best VR Game, Outstanding Gameplay and Unreal Underdog.
Each winning team is receiving an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card provided by NVIDIA.
This year we’re celebrating the nominees and winners with individual category videos that we’ll be adding to this post as they become available, so be sure to check back to see all nine videos as they go live. That said, you can find the full listing of nominees and winners right here, right now.
UNREAL ENGINE MEETUP
On the Wednesday night of E3, the Unreal Engine community team threw a casual/social meetup in the spirit of E3 at the Golden Gopher in downtown LA. It presented a great opportunity to meet new folks, talk shop and simply enjoy a break from the hustle of the show. Our community team took along a few items to raffle off for participants as well including an NVIDIA GeForce 1080Ti, an Unreal Engine backpack and shot glass sets featuring logos of the latest titles in Epic’s portfolio.
We had a blast and, if you attended, we hope you did as well! If you’re a part of the LA Unreal Engine Group or if you simply plan on being at E3 next year, be sure to keep tabs on our website and social channels in the weeks leading up to E3 2018 for details on attending next time around.
E3 COLLEGE GAME COMPETITION
The annual E3 College Game Competition took place once again and we are proud to say that the winning entry came from Ringling College graduate Trent Sivek (Game Art, ’17), whose UE4 game, Phonetica, was beautifully crafted by this solo student and tasks players with making their way through a musical palace.
Congratulations to Trent and all of the participants in this year’s College Game Competition!
UNREAL ENGINE GAMES AT E3 2017
Finally, we’d like to give a shout out to each and every Unreal Engine developer who showed their project at E3 2017. Since we ourselves at Epic know how challenging and rewarding game development is, we recognize the often monumental work involved in getting ready for such an important event. We tip our hats to the teams that had a presence at this year’s show and we can’t wait to see how these projects progress!
Until next year!
TITLE | DEVELOPER | PUBLISHER
Absolver, Sloclap, Devolver Digital
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Archangel, Skydance Interactive, Skydance Interactive
Ashen, Aurora 44, Annapurna Interactive
Ashes of Creation, Intrepid Studios, Intrepid Studios
Aven Colony, Mothership Entertainment, Team 17
Be: Brave, One Dream, One Dream
Bebylon Battle Royale, Kite and Lightning
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Inti Creates, 505 Games
Bravo Team, Supermassive, Sony
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, People Can Fly, Gearbox Software
Chess Ultra, Ripstone, Ripstone
Chronicles of Elyria, Soulbound Studios, Soulbound Studios
Conan: Exiles, Funcom, Funcom
Crackdown 3, Cloudgine/Sumo Digital, Microsoft Studios
Days Gone, Bend Studio, SIEA
Dauntless, Phoenix Labs, Phoenix Labs
Dead by Daylight, Behaviour Interactive, Starbreeze Studios
Dead Static Drive, Mike Blackney, kurtrusselfanclub
Deep Rock Galactic, Ghost Ship Games, Coffee Stain Studios
Disc Jam, High Horse Entertainment, High Horse Entertainment
Dragon Ball FighterZ, Arc System Works.,Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Dreadnought, YAGER, Six Foot / Grey Box
Dungeon Defenders 2, Trendy Entertainment, Trendy Entertainment
Eternity, Void Studios, Void Studios
Farpoint, Impulse Gear, SIEA
Faith of Danschant, Joyfun, Wangyuan
Foxhole, Clapfoot, Clapfoot
Genesis Alpha One, Radiation Blue, Team 17 Digital Ltd
Gunheart, Drifter Entertainment, Driter Entertainment
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ninja Theory, Ninja Theory
Hello Neighbor, tinyBuild, tinyBuild
Hidden Agenda, Supermassive, Sony
Insurgency: Sandstorm, New World Interactive, Focus Interactive
John Wick Chronicles, Starbreeze Studios, Lionsgate
Jump Stars, Pixel Blimp, Curve Digital
Killing Floor: Incursion, Tripwire Interactive, Oculus
Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix Holdings, Square Enix
Kismet, Psyop, Psyop
Laser League, Roll7, 505 Games
LawBreakers, Boss Key Productions, Nexon
Lineage2: Revolution, Netmarble, Netmarble
Mircrodose VR, Vision Agency, Vision Agency
Mirage: Arcane Warfare, Torn Banner, Torn Banner
Moss, Polyarc, Polyarc
Mothergunship, Terrible Posture Games, Grip Digital
MXGP 3, Milestone, Milestone
NBA Playgrounds, Saber Interactive, Mad Dog Games
Nightstar: Rogue Wings, Solidmesh, Solidmesh
Obduction, Cyan, Cyan
>observer, Bloober Team, Aspyr Media
Outreach, Pixel Spill, Gambitious Digital Entertainment
Perception, The Deep End Games, The Deep End Games
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Bluehole, Bluehole Inc.
Psychonauts 2, Double Fine Productions, Starbreeze Studios
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, Double Fine Productions, Double Fine Productions
Qube 2, Toxic Games
Raw Data, Survios, Survios
Redout, 34BigThings, Nicalis / 505 Games
Rend, Frostkeep Studios, Frostkeep Studios
RiME, Tequila Works, Six Foot / Grey Box
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Antimatter Games, Tripwire Interactive
Ruiner, Reikon Games, Devolver Digital
Sea of Thieves, Rare, Microsoft
Snake Pass, Sumo Digital, Sumo Digital
Space Hulk: Deathwing, Streum On Studio, Focus Home
Sprint Vector, Survios, Survios
Starfighter Inc., Impeller Studios, Impeller Studios
State of Decay 2, Undead Labs, Microsoft
State of Mind, Daedalic Entertainment, Daedalic Entertainment
System Shock, Night Dive Studios, Night Dive Studios
A Way Out, Hazelight, EA
TEKKEN 7, Bandai Namco, Bandai Namco
TERA, Bluehole, En Masse
The Artful Escape, Beethoven & Dinosaur, Annapurna Interactive
The Culling, Xaviant, Xaviant
The Darwin Project, Scavengers Studio, Scavengers Studios
The Inpatient, Supermassive, Sony
The Occupation, White Paper Games
The Plague: Age of Chivalry, Frosty Elk, Frosty Elk
The Watchmaker, Micropsia, 1C Company
Tropico 6, Limbic, Kalypso
Unbox, Prospect Games, Sold Out Software
Vampyr, Dontnod Entertainment , Focus Home
What Remains of Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow, Annapurna Interactive
Wunderling, Retroid Interactive, Retroid Interactive
Yoshi for Nintendo Switch (Temporary title), Nintendo, Nintendo