At every GDC, Epic Games unveiled something big. At GDC 2015, they unveiled the Kite Demo and the free-to-use model. At GDC 2016, they unveiled Sequencer. So post your guess on what big feature is going to be unveiled this year. I’ll post some of my own predictions.
Xamarin was bought last year by Microsoft and they went open source. Xamarin could have release the C# version of UE4 5-6 months ago if they wanted to. My guess is that they been working with Epic in getting first class scripting support (same level as Blueprint) into UE4. Chance: High
First Look at Niagra (VFX Editor)
Niagra is slated to be work on until April according to Trello. This should be in time for the 4.16 release in June/July? I am guessing we get to see some small example of what Niagra would look like and what it could do. Chance: High
ART version 2
ART version 2 was talked about as early as June 2014. Recently Epic has Aaron.Carlisle
taking over support for ARTv1, and Jeremy Ernst working on ARTv2. I am guessing we get to see some ARTv2 at GDC. Chance: High
Epic upgrade Physx to 3.4 in 4.13. One of the feature of Physx 3.4 is GRB which support simulating large amount of rigid body (10,000+) which fits with a destruction system. Chance: Medium
In-Editor Animation Editing
According to this quote from “UE4 Animation and Physics Technical Showcase”,
I am guessing 3Lateral might be offering an in-editor rigging tool as a plugin similar to Simplygon. Chance: Medium
Character Hair Content Example in Substance Designer format
Epic has been intending to release a better example for the character rendering skin/eye/hair. I am guessing they are going to release it in a Substance format. Chance: Low
I can’t say that your predictions are wrong yet, but your order is definitely wrong.
C#/Mono support officially from Epic is the unlikeliest thing to happen, ever. There is 0 need for C# in UE4. You have BP for those who don’t like code, and C++ for those who like code. Anything in between in unnecessary and maintaining that would distract Epic from more important stuff.
Destruction 2.0 does not have a chance of Medium, but 0. Epic is not currently working on destruction, it’s backlogged.
They can show Niagara, the code is in master and everyone can take a look and use it already. So nothing would stop them from talking about it.
New “immediate mode” API has been added. This exposes access to the low-level contact generation and constraint solver, which allows the application to use these PhysX low-level components to perform its own simulations without needing to populate and simulate a PxScene.
Come explore how UE4’s new Immediate Mode Physics enables developers to add more physics-based mayhem to their worlds than ever before! See how you can simulate dozens of ragdolls simultaneously, how to blend physics and animation together, and how this new physics feature can make it all possible while maintaining 60fps on both PC and consoles!