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Do I need any previous experience to use Unreal Engine?

 So I bought the Unreal Engine and it runs perfect(thank you epic for releasing this!), although I just bought it because I wanted to dabble into game development. I am following tutorials although I feel like I am supposed to know something prior to using UE4 while watching the tutorials. So what is the minimum requirement of knowledge and what is the recommended amount of knowledge prior to using Unreal Engine 4 efficiently because I want to use it to do serious projects in the future. Also any third party software that can help me use unreal engine efficiently? So basically I am a newb to game development in general.
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asked Apr 06 '14 at 09:00 PM in Using UE4

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Hey MrMaker,

Going through the basic tutorials is probably going to help you the most, both in getting comfortable with the editor and understanding game development in general. The video tutorials are a great starting place: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZlv_N0_O1gaCL2XjKluO7N2Pmmw9pvhE

Another great place for tutorials is the forum: https://forums.unrealengine.com/forumdisplay.php?12-Community-Content-Tools-and-Tutorials

You can take a look in there and see if there are any ground-up tutorials you can follow along with.

And of course there are tutorials post on our Wiki: https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Main_Page

I would recommend trying this one: https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Blueprint_Six-DOF_Flying_Pawn_Tutorial

If you're looking for a basic intro to game development, there are several very good books out there. Do a search on Amazon for Game Development, and look for titles that teach the basics. You might benefit from this series, despite it being a few years old: http://www.amazon.com/Game-Development-Essentials-An-Introduction/dp/1111307652/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0H9H5V7S13DRGN1QB6H4

Other than that, become a part of the community on the forums and ask questions there! The community is very supportive and you may find exactly what you need there.

Hope that helps!

Ben Halliday

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answered Apr 07 '14 at 04:47 PM

avatar image MrMaker Apr 07 '14 at 08:29 PM

I like to thank you for the suggestions above and the book recommendation. Also do I need previous programming experience to use Blueprints?

avatar image Ben Halliday STAFF Apr 07 '14 at 08:37 PM

You don't need programming experience, though it definitely helps. Blueprints is a great way to learn how programming works in general without having to dive into the actual code, but it is derived from programming and some understanding of object oriented programming will make it a lot easier to use.

As you start working in the Blueprints system, your best bet is to start with tutorials and get the basics down, then start experimenting and see what you can come up with! A good place to start learning Blueprints is the video tutorials I linked above. There are some great youtube videos out there from the community, too. I would recommend looking up Tesla on the forums and following his various tutorials. Here's a link to one of them for setting up basic player input via blueprints: https://forums.unrealengine.com/showthread.php?2235-Beginners-Guide-To-Player-Input-(video)

Good luck!

Ben Halliday

avatar image MrMaker Apr 07 '14 at 10:08 PM

Thank you for your inputs I feel much more confident is learning Unreal engine 4, have a good day!

avatar image Ben Halliday STAFF Apr 07 '14 at 10:13 PM

Happy to help =)

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