Unreal Workshop to teach devs how to make a game with Unreal Engine at PGC Helsinki 2016

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Unreal Workshop to teach devs how to make a game with Unreal Engine at PGC Helsinki 2016

Epic Games will be hosting an all-morning workshop to teach developers how to use Unreal Engine at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki (September 5th and 6th).

Taking place on September 5th from 10am to 13:20pm, the Unreal Workshop will be hosted by Unreal Engine Evangelist Sjoerd De Jong and will introduce developers to the tech.

De Jong will build a game live from scratch using freely available UE4 assets. The Workshop assumes prior 3D game development experience, but no knowledge or familiarity with Unreal Engine.

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Split into three separate sessions, developers will learn about Blueprint scripting and C++, the tech’s art pipeline, level editing, lighting features, particle creation, the engine’s built-in audio tools and creating simple menus.

“Epic Games is partnering with PGC Helsinki for this workshop because we feel that Pocket Gamer Connect's excellent developer focused program is a great match for our content, and the perfect way for us to connect to Finland's large and vibrant developer scene,” said De Jong.

To attend the Unreal Workshop at Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2016, you'll need to sign up on this form here.

You'll even be eligible for a discounted ticket if you attend the sessions!

You can read a full rundown of the Unreal Workshop below.

Intro to UE4: Building an entire game from scratch

During this workshop, Sjoerd De Jong, Unreal Engine Evangelist, will build a game from scratch working with freely available Unreal Engine assets.

By combining the power of UE4's visual scripting language Blueprints, along with features like the material editor, C++, and level editor tools, a visually appealing flying game will be constructed live and from scratch.

Additional topics will touch on the basics of UE4’s physically based material system, lighting and post processing The workshop will wrap up by compiling the game into a distribution ready executable.

This workshop assumes prior 3D game development experience, but no knowledge or familiarity with Unreal Engine. It is meant to give the viewer an overview of the various tools found in the Unreal Engine, and the overall process of creating a simple game from scratch all the way up to a distributable executable.

Hour 1

Intro to UE4 - Part 1: Blueprint scripting and C++

In this first part of the Intro to UE4 workshop, Unreal Engine Evangelist Sjoerd De Jong will build out the functionality of the game using Blueprint visual scripting and some C++. This first part covers the gameplay framework embedded within the engine, and the Unreal Engine's powerful but easy to understand visual scripting system Blueprint.

Hour 2

Intro to UE4 - Part 2: Art pipeline, world editing, and lighting

Moving forward with building the game from Part 1, in this second of the Intro to UE4 workshop Sjoerd will explain the art pipeline of the Unreal Engine by importing assets and creating materials. By building a visually pleasing and realistic apartment, Sjoerd will take the attendees through the level editing process, and demonstrate almost all of Unreal Engine 4's lighting features.

Hour 3

Intro to UE4 - Part 3: Particles, sounds, and menus

Wrapping up the Intro the UE4 workshop, Sjoerd finishes the game by taking the attendees through particle creation, the build-in sound tools, and the creation of a simple HUD and main menu.

Sign up to attend the Unreal Workshop here.

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