Unreal Engine 4 is Surprisingly Friendly to New Developers

The power of Unreal Engine 4 continues to impress as more and more developers put it through its paces. We seen what the engine could do for some of our favorite games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but what about completely new projects? What can a completely new developer do with it? More than one would think, actually. 

Video from YouTube channel: Far South Creations

Sunless Chronicles is a solo-developed project made entirely in Unreal Engine 4. The developer, “Far South Creations”, is aiming for Sunless Chronicles to be an action-RPG of a vein similar to that of the Dark Souls series, with the major difference being in the pace of combat. Aside from art assets and music, the game is being made completely from scratch. So, it’ll likely be awhile before it’s clear whether or not they achieve their goal, especially since the project is currently in the early prototype phase. Who knows though? Based and what Far South Creations has already accomplished, they might just be able to pull it off.

The developer began the project without any background in programming or design, and has been building the project on a part-time basis for about six months. They credited their ability to reach this point largely on Unreal Engine 4’s ease of use and its system that allows newbie programmers to develop behaviors and systems using Blueprints instead of just C++. As an aside for those who may not already know, “Blueprints” is basically Unreal’s system of using a node-based interface to create gameplay elements. “Far South Creations” also said that the engine allows changes to elements like enemy behaviors to be made with relative ease. These are just a couple of examples though, apparently developing in Unreal Engine 4 has made the entire process much less painful then it otherwise would have been.

“Far South Creations” is currently aiming to release *Sunless Chronicles” in Q4 2017 for Windows (PC). It may seem like an unlikely date, but that depends on how much farther the developer is able to push themselves. In any case, we wish them the best of luck and will be sure to continue watching their progress with the game.


What’s your take on this? Could Unreal Engine 4’s developer-friendly nature open up game development to even more passionate creators?

Image captured by Hatm0nster

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Imtiaz Ahmed says:

    I think UE4 is great. I dabbled a little bit with it a few years back for trying to make a 2D side scroller. Unfortunately time doesn’t grant me to continue working on it, but I was impressed with the ease of access. It provides for new projects templates of many genres and a lot of easy to use tools to start building. I remember there being some great tutorial vids by the UE guys themselves talking about how to build the basics for each.

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    1. Hatm0nster says:

      Hopefully we’ll be seeing more projects built with it in the future. It’s sounding like an excellent (and powerful) tool. 😀

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