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Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Quick Start Guide

By : Rachel Cordone
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Unreal Engine 4 Game Development Quick Start Guide

By: Rachel Cordone

Overview of this book

Unreal Engine is a popular game engine used by developers for building high-end 2D and 3D games. This book is a practical guide designed to help you get started with Unreal Engine 4 and confidently develop interactive games. You’ll begin with a quick introduction to the Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) ecosystem. Next, you’ll learn how to create Blueprints and C++ code to define your game's functionality. As you progress, you’ll cover the core systems of UE4 such as Unreal Motion Graphics (UMG), Animation Blueprints, and behaviour trees to further build on your game development knowledge. The concluding chapters will then help you learn how to use replication to create multiplayer games. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with UE4 and have developed the skills you need to use the framework for developing and deploying robust and intuitive games.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

The Blueprint window

To start working with Blueprints, we first need to go over the layout of a Blueprint window. In the Content Browser, go to ThirdPersonBP\Blueprints and double-click on ThirdPersonCharacter. The window that pops up should look like this:

There's a lot going on here, so let's break it down tab by tab.

In the main window, we'll see our actual code. For our ThirdPersonCharacter class, we see the use of variables, operators, pure functions, and calls to other functions. We also see some tabs at the top of this—Viewport, Construction Script, and Event Graph. Every function we open will appear as a tab here. These will be discussed in the Graphs and Viewport sections later in this chapter.

In the bottom-left corner of the window, we will see the My Blueprint tab, which holds all of the Graphs, Functions, Macros, Variables, and Event Dispatchers...