SOARTECH + EPIC

Epic Games has selected Soar Technology, Inc. as its official partner to provide licensing, support, training and development services for Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 for Government and military applications.

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UNREAL ENGINE 4 AND SOARTECH

The Unreal Engine has long been known for world class graphics and a robust toolset for building realistic, interactive experiences. Chosen by over a million developers, Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) is Epic Games’ newest game engine technology for creating high-fidelity, real-time experiences for PC, console, VR, mobile and the Web.

SoarTech has almost two decades of experience as a highly innovative Government and military contractor providing research and development services for military and Government simulations, serious games and artificial intelligence. SoarTech and Epic kicked off our partnership at I/ITSEC 2015.

“SoarTech’s long history of success in

Government and military research and

development makes them uniquely suited

to support the application of the UE4 in

this market sector.”

Joe Kreiner, Unreal Engine licensing manager for the Americas

THE PARTNERSHIP

Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) is a complete set of game development tools made by developers for developers. Released by Epic Games in March 2014, it is one of the most widely used engines for commercial game development and includes full source code access. UE4 supports Windows, Linux, MacOS, iOS, Android, HTML 5, Xbox, Playstation, Steam, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift.

 

SoarTech is Epic’s official partner for providing licensing, maintenance & support, training, and development services for UE4 to the U.S. Government and their contractors. SoarTech’s support services will come via the Unreal Government Network (UGN) site and will also include support for classified environments. SoarTech is also developing tools that will uniquely reinforce the Government modeling and simulation community, in addition to offering training classes on UE4 and making UE4 experts available as consultants or to supplement project staff.

“This relationship provides an opportunity

to leverage SoarTech’s artificial intelligence

technologies to explore how UE4 can make

our warfighters more prepared, more

informed and more capable.”

Dr. Michael van Lent, SoarTech President and CEO

SOARTECH AND UE4 PROJECTS

SoarTech’s UE4 development team can provide 3D models, animations, and programmatic functionality using the latest gaming standards to complement any training and simulation project.

 

Sample projects include the following:

 

SKYFALL

  • Uses UE4 to develop a Emergency EGRESS parachute simulation
  • Displays AAR (after action review) of simulation when pilot touches down
  • Utilizes Kinect to track legs of pilot
  • Employs integrated sensors to allow physical interaction with the simulator
  • Features 3-view camera rig
    • Top – view parachute above for any malfunctions
    • Front – view in front of pilot
    • Below – view below pilot to see landing zone

 

Adjust Fire

  • Designed for Unity and ported into the UE4 based upon customer requirements
  • Offers stationary single target practice for a Joint Fire Operator to direct an Indirect Fire team to hit a target in a setting without a larger “story” about the setting
  • Utilizes Oculus as the HMD

 

AVANT (Avatar-Administered Neuro-psychological Testing)

  • Uses UE4 to develop an automated language-based assessment system of an individual’s psychological state that is primarily self-administered
  • Features interaction via natural language with a virtual clinician

 

Virtual Tour Guide

  • Uses UE4 to develop a virtual receptionist who will greet, remember, and direct visitors
  • Uses facial recognition to identify repeat visitors
  • Utilizes Kinect for interaction

UGN SUPPORT COMMUNITY

SoarTech offers government employees and contractors an annual subscription for membership in the UGN (Unreal Government Network) Support Community, which also includes read-only access to the UDN (Unreal Developers Network). UGN members enjoy exclusive access to SoarTech’s streamlined support services, including support for classified environments. UE4 experts will monitor and respond to member questions in the UGN. The UGN network enables the ability to collaborate with other Government based organizations to develop a strong UGN knowledge base.

 

UGN:

  • Supports Government Employees/Contractors only
  • Uses the same forum-based format as UDN
  • Connects members with UE4 experts

UDN:

  • A user-based forum for developers that have signed a custom UE license agreement with Epic Games or companies that are currently under an UE Evaluation agreement. UDN is monitored by Epic support staff

SoarTech offers professional training on a variety of topics to support best practices for simulation and game development. Led by experts in the field, face-to-face seminars are offered at customer locations or SoarTech facilities. Standard pricing is based upon a maximum of 8 students per seminar, but customized training packages can be negotiated.

UNREAL ENGINE 4 FAQ

How is the cost of the license determined? Are there runtime, deployment, or seat costs?
For most Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation projects, the free standard Epic EULA works well. For acquisition programs such as CAT I, II, III, and IV, it may be necessary to negotiate a custom license with SoarTech. The license can be granted on an enterprise, project, and/or seat basis, for a set term or as a perpetual agreement.

 

Is an Internet connection required to use UE4?
The UE4 engine does not require Internet connectivity in order to function. Internet connectivity is only required to download patches or updates, or to purchase content from the marketplace. The standard distribution method is via the Internet, but if a development environment cannot connect to the Internet for the installation, SoarTech can provide an offline installation package and updates.

 

How do Government employees and contractors find support for UE4?
SoarTech will provide expert support for UE4, including access to UGN (the Unreal Government Network) and UDN (Unreal Developers Network). Contact SoarTech for Annual subscription rates.

 

What are UE4’s system requirements?
For developing with UE4, we recommend a desktop PC with Windows 7 64-bit or a Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later, 8 GB RAM, a quad-core Intel or AMD processor, and a DX11 compatible video card. UE4 will run on desktops and laptops below these recommendations, but performance may be limited.

For more information about the SoarTech/Epic partnership, please contact Eric Ortiz at ue4@soartech.com.

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