Inside Unreal | Game Animation Sample Walkthrough

Unreal Engine has been advancing in a lot of ways, but some of the most recent key strides have been in regards to animation. To get a better handle on some of these new systems & learn how to master these movements, we’ve recently released the Game Animation Sample project - where you can not only improve your skills, but also get your hands on a library of over 500 ready to go animations. Come join us as we walk through this new sample project, show off some incredible tech and answer your burning questions all about animation!

Thursday, June 13th @ 2:00 PM ET - Countdown


Samuele Rigamonti - Principal Animation Programmer
Tony Gialdini - Lead Animator
Caleb Longmire - Technical Product Manager
Tina Wisdom (She/Her) - Community Manager - @TheUnWiseTina

If you’re unable to make the show, all livestreams can be viewed afterwards on-demand .


Don’t get me wrong, giving us 500 retargetable(?) animations for free is certainly an boon for just about anyone. But my main complaint about the marketplace is that it doesn’t lists the file size of these assets, as far as I noticed. Although, I was planning on saving up for an new PC, anyways; stuff like this kind of gets in the way of planning on the hardware that I plan on getting

It’s 5.56 GB


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If you want to bring in your own mesh into the Game Animation Sample project, I created a short video tutorial - importing a model of Yenneefer of Vengerberg by Cradle of the Cube from SketchFab:


Dear Unreal Engine Team,

I hope this message finds you well. My name is Aleksei, and I am the founder of TURGEN Studio specializing in high-quality 3D animations which we sell on the Unreal Marketplace. I am writing to share some concerns regarding the recent release of the Game Animation Sample project.

I greatly appreciate the continuous advancements and support Unreal Engine provides to the animation community. However, I worry that the availability of over 500 ready-to-use animations might impact the demand for unique and custom animations offered by small studios like mine on the Marketplace.

As a creator dedicated to developing original animations, I am concerned that this release may affect our sales and ability to continue producing high-quality content. I kindly request that you consider taking measures to support independent developers during this transition.

Thank you for your time and understanding. I am looking forward to your response and hope we can find a solution that benefits both the Unreal Engine community and independent creators.

Best regards,

Founder, TURGEN Studio

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Isn’t it completely insane we get this technology available to individuals and indie, wild.
Loved the stream, very informative, very clear and educational!

Haven’t checked the code yet, but I wonder if you tried machine learning instead of your distance based computation and interrupt system to find the optimal frame/database to transition to ? Maybe to find some subtle correlations or to filter out noisy input ?

Wondering if MotionBuilder is “still” (to my knowledge) the best solution for retargeting out there, used to play with it with educational licenses but it’s 2K$ licensing per year <.<…

I did a true first/third person replicated distance matching test 4 years ago inspired from Paragon.
Had to indeed edit the charactermovement component code back then to add acceleration replication, bake the distance to the various runtime generated projected data points, create a custom animation node and choose the right animation frame etc…
It was an interesting project but required way too much finetuning of tedious parameters, wasn’t very practical, looking forward to test the motion matching plugin and its optimal frame selection system, think it should be much more flexible !

issues I’ve had, might be related to my system or current lack of understanding on my end (haven’t finished the live stream yet)

  1. After toggling Rotation Mode (middle mouse), WASD keys cause animation jumps rather than expected smooth movement transitions.

  2. On fresh build, running simulate play mode triggers some runtime errors:
    DefaultLevel > Event BeginPlay:

  • Blueprint Runtime Error: “Accessed None trying to read property CallFunc_GetPlayerCharacter_ReturnValue”. Node: Print String Graph: EventGraph Function: Execute Ubergraph Default Level Blueprint: DefaultLevel
  • Blueprint Runtime Error: “Accessed None”. Node: Print String Graph: EventGraph Function: Execute Ubergraph Default Level Blueprint: DefaultLevel

I’m excited to see what I can integrate.
Thanks for sharing a cool tool ue.

This is indeed a great gift.
However, I noticed one problem. When I switched to the female character, I was surprised to see that the same animations are still used. Her movement doesn’t look right. I guess these are all the animations now? There are no plans to add animation data from female motion capture actors?
Anyway, this is a fantastic resource.

I must be missing something stupid basic, but I downloaded/created project… but when I open it… it just opens to the 3rd Person Template default map. Searched all the content folders… can’t find the ‘defaultlevel’ that it shows in any documentation and videos. What am I missing?.. kinda new to Unreal so I’m sure it’s something obvious that I’m not seeing. Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read/answer.

I was getting index out of bounds crashing following the steps to add your own character mesh when I tried to move. Visibility Based Anim Tick Option needs to be changed to Always Tick Pose and Refresh Bones on the hidden Mesh component.


The default setting is to update skeletons only during rendering.
Child skeletal mesh replicate the animation of the Mesh node.

Hi! I got a problem. My Unreal is crashing on Game Animation Sample:

Youtube Video

The Crash:

LoginId:cb10ef414d6f0466f926419bc876268d EpicAccountId:1389e5bbff204bdf88b60bae9830c2c3

Fatal error: [File:D:\build++UE5\Sync\Engine\Source\Runtime\RHI\Private\PipelineStateCache.cpp] [Line: 437] Shader compilation failures are Fatal.


Someone can help me solve that?

Hello. Thanks for the incredible system. It looks amazing.
My gratitude would be for guides for this system. For example, how to dynamically change a character’s speed. The old way doesn’t work.