Nintendo Switch to be sold at Target without pre-orders

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Nintendo Switch to be sold at Target without pre-orders

Target will sell the Nintendo Switch on its worldwide launch date — this Friday, March 3 — both in stores and online, a representative for the company confirmed to Polygon today.

“Although we sold through pre-order quantities last month, Target will have an additional wave of units available in stores and online beginning March 3,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Epic uses Finding Dory to showcase what its VR Editor is capable of

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Epic uses Finding Dory to showcase what its VR Editor is capable of

During its Game Developers Conference presentation, Epic showcased the capabilities of its VR Editor using a scene from Pixar’s Finding Dory.

Epic announced today that its editor would fully support Universal Scene Description. The tool is an open-source project used by a number of companies and editors, including Disney and Pixar, when working in animation. According to a description on Pixar’s website, “Universal Scene Description (USD) is the first publicly available software that addresses the need to robustly and scalably interchange and augment arbitrary 3D scenes that may be composed from many elemental assets.”

Fortnite will get an open beta by 2018

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Fortnite will get an open beta by 2018

Fortnite, the years-in-development open world action game by Epic, will finally be getting an open beta within the next 12 months, Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney told this week.

Sweeney wasn’t more specific about the timing, but did reiterate that the game will likely go through the same sort of process that Paragon has gone through in terms of development.

Unreal Engine revenue more than doubled in 2016

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Unreal Engine revenue more than doubled in 2016

Revenue from Epic Games’ Unreal Engine more than doubled in 2016 compared to 2015, which was already a record year for the game engine, Epic’s Tim Sweeney told Polygo this week.

In 2015, Epic announced that the Unreal Engine was free to everyone, along with future updates. Instead of relying on engine sales, the company earned money by charging royalties to for-profit creations using the engine.

Microsoft opens Xbox development to everyone with Xbox Live Creators Program

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Microsoft opens Xbox development to everyone with Xbox Live Creators Program

Microsoft is giving game developers a new way to bring their games to Xbox One and Windows 10. At the Game Developers Conference today, the company announced the Xbox Live Creators Program, a new initiative that will bring “fully open game publishing” to Xbox One.

Chris Charla, director of the ID@Xbox program at Microsoft, said that “everyone” can use the Xbox Live Creators Program to make games for Xbox and PC. Anyone can go to a retail store, buy an Xbox One, (figuratively) crack it open, and develop and ship a game for the console, Charla said.

Robo Recall for the Oculus Rift is out now, and is free

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Robo Recall for the Oculus Rift is out now, and is free

Robo Recall, Epic Games’ full-game version of its violent and satisfying tech demo Bullet Train, is out now for the Oculus Rift. The company announced the surprise release during its presentation at this year’s Game Developers Conference and, as had been previously promised, the full game is available for free.

“Earn the high score by using various combat tactics and skill shots as you teleport through city streets and rooftops in an awe-inspiring ballet of bullets,” the official description states. “Tear apart your interactive robot foes and use them as weapons against the enemy onslaught. Unlock, customize and test weapons back at company HQ before taking on the increasingly challenging missions that put your newfound skills to the test!”

Oculus drops price of Rift to $499, Touch controllers to $99

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Oculus drops price of Rift to $499, Touch controllers to $99

Oculus is dropping the price of its Rift virtual reality headset and Touch controller bundle to $598, the company announced today. That’s $200 less than what the Rift and Touch controllers originally cost when they were released last year.

Oculus says the company is cutting the price of the Rift headset and Touch controllers — to $499 and $99, respectively — in an effort to reach a broader, more price-conscious audience.

Borderlands art and tech gets a surprise appearance at GDC

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Borderlands art and tech gets a surprise appearance at GDC

Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford took to the stage at Epic Game’s GDC press conference to show off some of the Unreal Engine tech the company is using to power the next Borderlands game.

Pitchford walked attendees through how the studio is taking a new approach to the way they handle the game’s distinct heavy-outlined look.

The Mill Blackbird transforming car is the future of AR

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The Mill Blackbird transforming car is the future of AR

Unreal Engine teamed up with Chevrolet and special effects company The Mill to create a system that can transform a special electric car rig into any vehicle you can imagine, using augmented reality.

The Mill Blackbird is a special motion-capture rig built onto an electric car. Paired with Unreal Engine, the Blackbird can be used to show any vehicle racing along in the real world in real time when being filmed.

Nintendo calls for more Unreal devs to make games for Switch

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Nintendo calls for more Unreal devs to make games for Switch

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime made a surprise appearance at Epic Games’ Game Developer Conference press conference today to sing the praises of the company’s game engine and how well it works on the upcoming Nintendo Switch console.

“Unreal is enabling a whole new group of developers to make games for the Switch,” Fils-Aime said in a pre-recorded video.