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Video: layered materials in Unreal Engine 4

Friday, September 27th, 2013 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Originally posted on 13 August 2013. Scroll down for updates.

Epic Games has posted a video showing details of the new materials workflow in Unreal Engine 4.

As far as we’re aware, the footage is the first public glimpse beneath the hood of the game engine, previously seen mainly in more carefully stage-managed presentations, such as the recent Infiltrator demo.

The video is fairly brief, but the Unreal Engine website goes into more details about potential benefits of a layered material workflow, including the power to paint maps at a per-pixel level and change mapping at run-time, or animate layer masks.

Epic tells us that the video will be the first in a series focusing on other new features from the engine, and how they integrate into games pipelines – including a look at how parts of the Infiltrator demo itself were created.

Updated 27 September: Epic Games has posted a new video about materials workflow in Unreal 4 (above), explaining how layered materials were used in its recent Infiltrator demo.

Read more about the materials workflow in UE4 on the Unreal Engine website

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