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Build Great Games With Unreal Engine and Perforce

 

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Epic’s Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform. This state-of-the-art games engine continuously evolves. And today, it gives creators across industries the freedom and control to deliver:

  • Cutting-edge content.
  • Interactive experiences.
  • Immersive virtual worlds.

Perforce Helix Core is the game development industry standard for version control. It provides a globally-capable infrastructure to manage millions of files, and extremely large files in support of innovative teams across industries using the Unreal Engine.  

Perforce and Epic work closely together. Helix Core and the Unreal Engine are critical to the game development process, helping developers building the great games of tomorrow.

Helix Core and Unreal Engine

What Helix Core Does

Helix Core is the most popular version control system among game developers. It is popular because it’s:

  • Lightning fast.
  • Easy to use.
  • Handles large files.
  • Features that enhance productivity and collaboration.

It is great for coders and non-code contributors such as designers and artists. 

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What Helix Visual Client (P4V) Does

Helix Visual Client (P4V) is an easy-to-use desktop application that works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. It gives you access to all your versioned files in Helix Core. And it complements the Unreal Editor’s built-in integration with Helix Core. 

It’s easy to use for newbies as well as veteran developers. Helix Visual Client has an intuitive, customizable graphical user interface. And you can manage the most complex codelines imaginable with innovative Perforce Streams technology.

  • Trouble-free branching and merging.
  • File-locking.
  • CI/CD workflows.

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The Next Generation of P4V

Key Unreal Integrations With Helix Core

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Unreal Editor

Unreal Editor has an easy-to-use, and seamless integration to Perforce Helix Core. So, users working on 3D worlds never have to leave the comfort of their familiar environment. 

The Unreal integration is built and maintained by Epic. (Epic uses Helix Core for their own development. And they encourage third-party developers using their Unreal Engine to use Helix Core.)

Depending on role, team members will interact with one or more Epic, Microsoft, and Perforce tool during the lifecycle of a project. Integrations provided by Epic and Perforce ensure these tools work well together. This increases artist and developer productivity — and helps ensure deadlines are met.

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Unreal Game Sync

Unreal Game Sync (UGS) is a tool built by Epic. It promotes code and content integration in a collaborative development environment. This enables teammates distributed over time and distance to labor on the same project as it gets updated. 

Technically, UGS provides a graphical front-end to sync UE4 projects from Perforce. You can optionally build those projects with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Compiler.

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Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio is the most popular IDE for game developers working with Unreal Engine. Epic and Perforce plugins coexist, providing seamless integration for developers working with Visual Studio.

Helix Plugin for Visual Studio (P4VS) seamlessly embeds Helix Core enterprise-class version control features within the familiar UI. Without ever having to leave the Visual Studio IDE, developers can sync, add, edit, revert, diff, review file history, manage changelists, perform code reviews, and more. 
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Windows File Explorer

Getting some users, such as technical artists or designers, to use version control can be a challenge. 

Helix Plugin for File Explorer (P4EXP) is an ideal way to bring non-developers the benefits of version control — without requiring them to learn Helix Core. They’ll get easy access to Helix Core functions from the standard Windows 10 File Explorer context (right-click) menu. This makes functions like check-in/check-out a breeze.

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P4GT Graphic Tools Plugin – PhotoShop CC, Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya

Artists working in Adobe Photoshop CC, and Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya can use Helix Plugin for Graphical Tools (P4GT). This allows them to take advantage of version control features like file-locking from within the Windows graphics applications they love most. 

One of the best features of P4GT is the ability to see who has checked and locked a particular file. This saves time and headaches under deadlines.

Perforce and Unreal For Non-Game Applications

Epic is known as the leader in the game development world. But this hasn’t stopped designers and artists in other industries from using the power of the Unreal Engine to build 3D models for non-game applications. This “off-label” use case has become so popular, Epic even has a special annual community event for non-game applications. 

You can use Perforce Helix Core integration with Unreal Engine to improve your  workflows and manage your intellectual property — no matter what industry you are in.

Architecture

Create the world of tomorrow and share the experience today with the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform. Unreal Engine's high-fidelity real-time environment lets you explore, validate, and present your designs like never before.

Automotive and Aerospace/Defense

Helix Core lets designers and 3D artists collaborate on designs and mockups. Have teams in Detroit and Modena? No problem with the integration between Helix Core and Unreal Engine it’s like everyone is sitting in the same room. They can work with assets with confidence from a global single source of truth. Plus, they’ll know it’s secure with high performance.

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Media and Entertainment

Whether your team is building virtual studios or charting an entire animated feature film from concept to completion, you can use Helix Core to manage the assets. Helix Core enables collaboration. Your creatives can work on Unreal projects seamlessly no matter where they are sitting. 

Have Questions About Perforce and Unreal Integrations?

All you have to do is ask. Contact us for more details on how Perforce integrates with your Unreal solutions. And get started improving your performance and enhancing collaboration across teams.