Now that Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2015, and they are encouraging people to use their latest version, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that [Strike]Unreal Engine 4 does not currently support Visual Studio 2015. Yet. We are working on finalizing support for Visual Studio 2015, and it will be coming soon in a future release version. For now, please continue to use Visual Studio 2013 as we will not be able to provide support for Visual Studio 2015 until the Engine officially supports it.[/strike]
If you need to download Visual Studio 2013, you can do so from this page. Click “Visual Studio 2013” on the left side of the page, and make sure Community is the selected option (or whichever version you are looking for). Choose your language and format from the options, and click Download. One quick note about the “Web (Online)” format option: The file that was downloaded for me here in a couple instances did not have an extension. Adding a .exe extension allows you to then run the installer.
We will make sure to let you know when Visual Studio 2015 is supported by the Engine.
Hello again. I just wanted to provide an update for this post. Visual Studio 2015 is now fully supported by the Engine. Visual Studio 2013 can still be used with the Engine for now, but we plan to phase out support for that version of Visual Studio in the near future. Since a Visual Studio 2015 solution is created by default, in order to get a Visual Studio 2013 solution you must run GenerateProjectFiles.bat with a “-2013” parameter. The easiest way to do this is to hold down the Shift key and right-click in an empty area of the Windows Explorer window that is showing your Engine root folder. Select the option to Open command window here, then enter the line “GenerateProjectFiles.bat -2013” (without the quotes) and press the Enter key.
When installing Visual Studio 2015, the default installation options do not include the Visual C++ components that are required by the Engine. You will have to make sure to select these components when installing Visual Studio 2015 or you will receive error messages when trying to use the Engine.