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[Closed] Why is Visual Studio now required?

I am very new to UE4 and have just begun experimenting with it as an architectural visualization tool so my knowledge is very limited and I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question.

I have been working on a test project for a little while and have packaged it several times, however as of today I haven't been able to as it says installation of Visual Studio 2013 is required. What could I have done to prompt this, and is there a way for me to go back to packaging the project without installing it?

Product Version: UE 4.9
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asked Nov 05 '15 at 11:10 AM in Packaging & Deployment

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The question has been closed Jul 01 '16 at 08:41 PM by Samantha Sutton for the following reason:

Issue is now outdated. If you are still experiencing this issue, please make a new post for assistance. Thanks!

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When you only work in Editor with blueprint projects, you not need VS 2013. But if you work with C++ project you need install VS 2013. Also you need VS 2013, if you want package your projects for publishing.

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answered Nov 05 '15 at 01:20 PM

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avatar image Macbeth_ Nov 05 '15 at 01:33 PM


Thanks for your help, in that case could it be an asset I added to the project from the market place might work with C++ and has introduced it to the project? Is there a way to restore the project to a point where VS 2013 isn't required?

Thanks Again.

avatar image Macbeth_ Nov 06 '15 at 09:45 AM

Removing one of the plugins installed from the marketplace solved the issue. However I now receive the error 'RunUAT.bat ERROR: AutomationTool was unable to run successfully' (I don't know if this is related...).

avatar image svv3dUDN Nov 06 '15 at 11:51 AM

What happening, if you create new project from template and package it?

avatar image Macbeth_ Nov 08 '15 at 06:41 PM

Sorry for the delayed response, I made a new blank project and that packaged fine. But i migrated the level from the original project and now I get the same error.

avatar image Macbeth_ Nov 09 '15 at 03:32 PM

The new error seemed to have been caused by some asset names being too long. I renamed them and all is well, thanks for your help!

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