Virtual reality is seen by many in the gaming industry as the next big wave – and Cary-based Epic Games is likely to be a big player through its Unreal game development engine technology. A new video titled “Showdown” offers intriguing insight into what gamers can expect from future shooters and other thrillers.

Plus, developers can access Unreal 4 game engine tools for free.

“Our premier VR experience takes you through a cinematic, bullet-time inspired action scen,” Epic says of the demo.

“Showdown took Oculus Connect, GDC and SIGGRAPH by storm, and now you can download it for free, including its entire Unreal Engine 4-based content library!”

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For developers, Epic notes: “The interactive demo is compatible with Oculus DK2 and up, Sony PlayStation Morpheus and HTC Vive SteamVR.”

Game media sites swarmed the video release as if it were right out of the horde in Epic’s billion-dollar-franchise “gears of War” (now owned by Microsoft).

The latest version of the Unreal engine (4) is the heir to previous versions that have been integrated in some of the world’s most popular games across multiple platforms.

The headline on the video is rather bland, to say the least:

“Unreal Engine 4 Showdown Cinematic VR Demo by Epic Games”

The action is not.

Here’s Epic’s explanation about the clip:

“This direct capture of the Unreal Engine 4 Showdown demo takes you through a guns-blazing scenario where ammo and debris slices through the environment in slow motion. Watch a fiery car barrel past overhead, and face off with a colossal mech enemy. Available for free through the Epic Games launcher, Showdown is compatible with Oculus DK2 and up, Sony PlayStation Morpheus, and HTC Vive SteamVR. Get UE4 and loads of content for free at”

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