Re: Unreal Engine 4 ideas?
Well Carmack was quoted plenty of times as saying the core engine was done years before the game came out.
Think about it. Unless you have some form of working engine how can you build a test map and textures. Until you see the engine rendering your textures, heightmaps, spectualmaps etc then how do you've done a good job?
The engine is always at least 95% finished long before the 'game' is finished. It's only little tweaks and stuff that left to do, once the bulk of game is done and the artists have shown the strengths and weaknesses of the engine.
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