Epic Games has released the latest version of its Unreal Engine, 4.21, along with a new tagline – “work smarter and create faster,” the announcement said.
Among the key additions to this new version is an improved Niagara effects toolset, which is now supported on Nintendo Switch and has received numerous quality of life improvements. The engine also introduces the Replication Graph Plugin this will make it easier to build large-scale multiplayer experiences. It has also been optimised for mobile development with huge nods towards Fortnite optimisation.
Cook times have also been improved, with the speed being increased by up to 60 per cent when cooking content.
Also launching in this new version is Pixel Streaming, allowing developers to stream interactive content simply by sharing a link – similar to sharing a folder in Google Drive. “Available in Early Access, Pixel Streaming opens a whole new avenue to deploy apps in a web browser with no barrier to entry and no compromise on rendering quality,” the announcement said.