Blueprints Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Develop high-quality interactive games with the power of Unreal Engine's visual scripting language and Blueprints framework

Key Features

  • Design a fully functional game in UE4 without writing a single line of code
  • Implement visual scripting to develop gameplay mechanics, , visual effects, VR and artificial intelligence
  • Deploy your game on multiple platforms and share it with the world

Book Description

Blueprints is the visual scripting system in Unreal Engine that enables programmers to create baseline systems and can be extended by .

This book helps you explore all the features of the Blueprint Editor and guides you through using Variables, Macros, and Functions. You'll also learn about programming (OOP) and discover the Gameplay Framework. In addition to this, you'll learn how Blueprint Communication allows one Blueprint to access from another Blueprint. Later chapters will focus on building a fully functional game using a step-by-step approach. You'll start with a basic first-person shooter (FPS) template, and each chapter will build on the prototype to create an increasingly complex and robust game experience. You'll then progress from creating basic shooting mechanics to more complex systems, such as user interface and intelligent enemy behavior. The skills you will develop using Blueprints can also be employed in other gaming genres. In the concluding chapters, the book demonstrates how to use arrays, maps, enums, and vector operations. Finally, you'll learn how to build a basic VR game.

By the end of this book, you'll have learned how to build a fully functional game and will have the skills required to develop an entertaining experience for your audience.

What you will learn

  • Understand programming concepts in Blueprints
  • Create prototypes and iterate new game mechanics rapidly
  • Build user interface elements and interactive menus
  • Use advanced Blueprint nodes to manage the complexity of a game
  • Explore all the features of the Blueprint editor, such as the Components tab, Viewport, and Event Graph
  • Get to grips with object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts and explore the Gameplay Framework
  • Learn Virtual Reality development with UE Blueprint

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who is interested in developing games or applications with UE4. Although basic knowledge of Windows OS is required, experience in programming or UE4 is not necessary.

Table of Contents

  1. Exploring the Blueprint Editor
  2. Programming with Blueprints
  3. Actors and the Gameplay Framework
  4. Understanding Blueprint Communication
  5. Object Interaction with Blueprints
  6. Enhancing Player Abilities
  7. Creating Screen UI Elements
  8. Creating Constraints and Gameplay Objectives
  9. Building Smart Enemies with Artificial Intelligence
  10. Upgrading the Enemies
  11. Game States and Applying Finishing Touches
  12. Building and Publishing
  13. Data structures and Flow Control
  14. Math and Trace nodes
  15. Blueprints tips
  16. Introduction to VR Development

Book Details

  • Title: Blueprints Visual Scripting for Unreal Engine, 2nd Edition
  • Author: ,
  • Length: 380 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2019-08-23
  • ISBN-10: 1789347068
  • ISBN-13: 9781789347067