Epic Games, makers of Unreal Engine 4, has made public its roadmap for the technology?s development. It is opening up its future plans for the engine on a massive board, that can be updated in real time.
This board is hosted on a project management tool called Trello. This allows individuals to be able to organize tasks and their track progress, on a web based board.
According to Ray Davis, General Manager for the Unreal Engine, he mentions that: ?Our hope with being more transparent in our development processes is that we’ll generate more value for developers working with [Unreal Engine 4], both in understanding what’s likely to appear in upcoming releases and also in having more context around how the engine is being built (and a little bit of the why)?.
On the Trello board, users will see the planned features that are listed as cards under various categories, such as animation, physics, rendering, and platforms. They are also labeled with possible time tables, with the months in which Epic is aiming to implement them within the engine.
There is always a chance that time tables get delays, due to various circumstances which are unforeseen or technical in nature. The developers could run into complications when trying to push out the feature or they may have a reason to drop the feature altogether for various reasons.
Davis mentioned as a disclaimer that there are also features that are labeled as backlogs or on Epic?s wish list. There are even features that may never see the light of day, as those features are only things that were discussed previously, but they have yet to figure out how to possibly integrate it on the engine.
There are also a lot of fixes and upgrades that aren?t represented in the board. The 4.1 update a month after UE4?s launch, contained hundreds of improvements, so it shows that Epic is still trying to evolve their engine further.
The move to make the board public is ?one step of many we plan to take to build full transparency around our developmental process,? according to Davis.
The Unreal Engine 4 is now open for developers on a subscription of $19 a month.
Photo Source: Unreal Engine 4 official blog