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UDK- Unreal Development kit
03-11-2010, 12:41 AM
Post: #1
UDK- Unreal Development kit
A recent lurker here, and I love this game, it's great, and have been wanting to give this community a hand in what ever way possible. But I have been recently messing with UDK, and if this could somehow be ported, I think it could be fantastic.
(BTW, just copied and pasted the website's stuff)

http://udk.com/
What is it?
UDK is Unreal Engine 3 – the complete professional development framework. All the tools you need to create great games, advanced visualizations and detailed 3D simulations. The best tools in the industry are in your hands.


Who's it for?

Anyone. Everyone. You. Unreal Engine 3 has been used by game developers, researchers, television studios, machinima directors, artists and students. If you have an idea that needs to be brought to life in a game engine, UDK is for you.


Why UDK?
Only UDK has the power, flexibility and track record of Unreal Engine 3. These tools have been proven with countless releases and dozens of awards. There is no better way to make awesome games than with UE3.

Games Created with UDK(note, visit the game's download page to see larger images, they were too large for the forums)

Wizzle
[Image: payload-whizzle.jpg]
Free download of the game here: http://udk.com/showcase-whizzle.html

The Ball
[Image: showcase-the-ball-3.jpg]
You can download the full game here: http://udk.com/showcase-the-ball.html

Prometheus
[Image: showcase-prometheus-5.jpg]
Full game download here along with more info: http://udk.com/showcase-prometheus.html
Watch the trailer on that page, you have to see it to believe it, it's an amazing game. It's a mix between Portal, Mirrors Edge and Braid.

Learning the UDK
http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/DevelopmentKitHome.html
Here is the place to go when learning. Will answer 95% of your questions, good for you though there is the UDK forum here : http://forums.epicgames.com/forumdisplay.php?f=366
With tons of people who are very helpful.

The best way to go if you want to learn the UDK is the video tutorials. They make it so easy to understand, and show just how simple but powerful the UDK is. You can download them here : http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/VideoTutorials.html
I think there is like 20 hours of video here, so it covers everything.

UDK needs a lot of power though so you need to meet the requirements of :

PC specs
Minimum:


* Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista
* 2.0+ GHz processor
* 2 GB system RAM
* SM3-compatible video card
* 3 GB Free hard drive space

Recommended for Content Development:

* Windows Vista 64 SP2
* 2.0+ GHz multi-core processor
* 8 GB System RAM
* NVIDIA 8000 series or higher graphics card
* Plenty of HDD space


I'll edit this page if anyone needs more info, also feel free to ask me questions if you need help, I am learning too, I'm not a master, but I hope to be there some day!

So get to building!

EDIT: It needs that much power since it's really a WYSIWYG development engine, you can see live previews of what you just did, so no recompiling your game just to see if a single light source change, it will show you in the 3d window instantly. It's pretty badass... Anyways, I'm learning UDK, and I have own little (well kinda big) project I'm working on, and maybe I'll post some updates here.
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03-11-2010, 05:28 AM
Post: #2
 
Yeah, the Unreal Engine Development Kit is a great middleware for game development. But it has one serious drawback. It is not open source.

The free(non commercial) version as such is in direct concurrence to open source development.

So for VDrift as on open source project I would rather stick to open source components to motivate/encourage their development, even if they aren't as sophisticated as the UDK.

But that is my very personal opinion. Smile
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03-11-2010, 10:48 PM
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It's also not cross-platform.
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