On the cover of the latest Edge magazine, there's a photo of the fire elemental shown in last year's Unreal Engine 4 tech demo. However, oddly enough, the fire elemental is blue rather than, well, red and orange. The headline reads "Epic's vision for the next generation of videogames," but it wasn't clear until tonight's PlayStation 4 announcement what that meant.
It was the first big announcement to come after the PlayStation 4 console announcement itself. It began as the tech demo that announced the PC version of Unreal Engine 4 did, with a volcano spouting fire and a fiery elemental hefting a giant mace. Only this time, rather than follow him to his throne, the trailer went out over the icy wastelands beyond the mountain, where an ice elemental limned in blue light arose.
Aha, blue elemental. Well played, Epic Games.
And so Unreal Engine 4 has been unveiled for the PlayStation 4, as it will likely also be unveiled for the Xbox 360. I can't say for certain, but this console demo didn't look near as impressive as the PC version of the elemental demo. Just look at these new Unreal Engine 4 images from their upcoming "Helmet" demo. Damn. PlayStation 4 is good, but not that good.
Still, knowing there was at one point the potential for Unreal Engine 4 not to come to next-gen consoles at all makes this announcement a huge relief. The ice elemental may be no match for the fire elemental, but at least we have two elementals at all.