CARY – Epic Games will participate in this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with a focus on what features are coming to the company’s “ecosystem of tools” including on Unreal Engine, the company discloses in a website about its participation.
The company notes on its website that it is returning to the annual event. It had not participated since 2019 after dropping out of the event in 2020, according to a report from IGN.
But this year, Epic’s involvement will occur live, on YouTube, and on Twitch. That includes a signature program held at the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA on March 22 from 9:30-12:30 Pacific Daylight Time – that’s 12:30-3:30 Eastern Daylight Time for those seeking to watch remotely from the Triangle or elsewhere in North Carolina.
“From making the most of your MetaHumans to creating amazing worlds with Unreal Engine 5, our talks will provide you with inspiration, insights, and practical knowledge that you can apply to your own projects,” the company said on its website announcing its involvement in this year’s event.
Other sessions will occur, as well, including sessions on building “photoreal worlds” and creating a first game in Fortnite, the company’s smash hit.
But there’s also sessions on the verse programming language and on game player connections and a session called “MetaHuman Framework & Machine Learning for Next-Gen Character Deformation.”
And the company will also participate by offering an educator summit which the company says will give educators the opportunity “to explore how learning Unreal Engine will prepare students for success in the industry. ”
Building on the company’s growth, backed by billions of dollars
Unreal Engine 5 was launched in April 2022 and is now on version 5.2.
Epic Games has raised billions of dollars in capital to fuel its growth, including $2 billion announced in April 2022 and $1 billion in 2021 that included an additional $200 million investment from Sony.