Unreal Development Kit - An Introduction and Application

In this demonstration Sjoerd “Hourences” De Jong guides you through the Unreal Development Kit (UDK). Instead of giving a simple technical overview, Sjoerd uses over 10 years of personal and professional experience with Unreal Editor to create an entire exterior and interior environment from scratch. Along the way he explains many of the fundamentals about UDK and helps de-mystify many of its powerful features.

You will also learn from an Unreal Master exactly how to develop your own workflow and start making amazing environments inside UDK right now.

About the Instructor:
Sjoerd “Hourences” De Jong has been working with the Unreal Editor for over 10 years and has worked as titles such as Huxley, Warpath and UT 2004. Sjoerd recently Designed and directed the UT3 mod "The Ball" that has already won a range of awards in some of the world's largest competitions such as the ModDB MOTY and the MakeSomethingUnreal contest. Make sure to check out Sjoerd's website www.hourences.com for free unreal tutorials, books, and personal tutoring.
Apps Used: Unreal Development Kit (UDK). You can download it free HERE
Duration: 4 Hours
Instructor: Sjoerd "Hourences" De Jong
DL Filesize: 1.5 GB
Project Files: Unreal Map and 1 Unreal Package of the final level.

User Comments


December 23, 2013 - 9:51am

outdated! spending my time searching assets that will fit ... so i spend my money for searching ... thx for that


May 1, 2013 - 9:54am

The assets used in this training come with 2010 versions (early 2010). Epic is not sporting those downloads now. How can I get the assets or proper UDK to run through this tutorial step by step?


November 26, 2012 - 8:14am

Just finished it! Outstanding video.

Which DVD should I buy regarding cameras, 3rd person, cinematic?

Thank you so much for the material quality.

Anonymous (not verified)

July 9, 2012 - 4:28pm



September 25, 2011 - 5:38am

A extra question (rather late, i know :oops:)
I'm just a hobbyist, but i'd like to show off at a friends hous after i made things (maps in the first place).
i know i could package...
Is it true nothing you make in UDK can be exported to UT3, even worse... you cant just export things, so they can be read in UE, so if you want to make something for UT3, you'd need to make it in the UE, which (off course) has no tutorials here and is apparently much more difficult to learn (opened it up 1 time and couldnt even find a door...)

Just asking...


May 30, 2011 - 2:57am

Just finished it! Excellent video, 5 stars!
Can't wait for more.
Hope to see something about cameras, 3rd person, non udk pre-made content..i.e self made content (import, export, materials, requirements...etc), and animation.


Anonymous (not verified)

May 20, 2011 - 9:17pm

That is a great tutorial please do more


May 11, 2011 - 8:00am


No problem!


May 10, 2011 - 11:58pm


Thank you for your response. Yes, going back to older versions helped. I tried November 2010 and it didn't work. I think July 2010 didn't work either...finally I went back to January 2010 which worked fine.

Thanks again


May 9, 2011 - 7:19am

This problem looks like its because Epic removed those assets from the Dec.+ builds of UDK.

You should be able to just add the replace from a previous build, or if that doesnt work use an older build to go through the tutorial as the techniques have not changed. Smiling

You can get older builds from http://udk.com/download

Hope that helps Smiling


May 9, 2011 - 12:31am

I purchased the DVD and so far it's amazing!
I'm new to Unreal and UDK and first time learning from this DVD.
My content browser is missing so many assets (static meshes). I installed and using the latest UDK (April 2011).
Currently I'm in video 4 and already can't find the pillars and arches.
I compiled the project file that came with the dvd and lots of assets (floors, pillars, textures..etc) can't be found and are set to null after compiling.
I followed the readme.txt and copied the file (.upk) into the appropriate environment folder and I see it in the content browser but it has zero static meshes.

Please advise.



August 20, 2010 - 7:52am

Yes salacious_crumb, this DVD is much different from gnomon's. Sjoerd goes through making a level and you learn along the way, which is different from gnomon's overview.

salacious_crumb (not verified)

August 20, 2010 - 4:19am

The video looks great, but I already own Gnomon's Intro to the Unreal Dev Kit Editor DVd. Is there anything on this that isnt on Gnomon's?


May 21, 2010 - 9:23am

We had that custom made from a good friend of mine. His site is: http://www.hartencenter.com/


May 21, 2010 - 4:04am

intro music... pls someone gives some information about intro music that be used:-ss Laughing out loud :o3


May 10, 2010 - 11:32pm

Sensational introduction to the UDK. I personally believe this is a must buy for beginners as he introduces you to a great work flow at a perfect pace. I picked up some amazing tips from this video and look forward to more advanced versions in the future, Fingers crossed Smiling

Well Done Guys.


May 10, 2010 - 10:45am

All the assets that you see in the trailer are included either with UDK (http://www.udk.com/) or with the DVD itself
Hope that helps!


May 10, 2010 - 10:41am

He does not cover importing assets. There is a free video on it here on the site though Smiling


May 10, 2010 - 7:19am

question: Does this video explain importing custom assets? or are all assets shown shipped with UDK?


May 5, 2010 - 6:12am

Got my code thank you very much.



April 25, 2010 - 1:23pm

Great DVD! May I ask what the music was in the beginning? Would love to listen to that while modeling and laying down assets. Cheers!


February 26, 2010 - 8:34am

Top notch as always!


February 23, 2010 - 11:41am
All the models and textures that you see in the trailer are included either with UDK (http://www.udk.com/) or with the DVD itself, so you can get stuck in straight away! :) Hope that helps!


February 23, 2010 - 12:48am

Sorry for the ignorance,but i am totally new to unreal cuz i come from maya background(student).Does this dvd include the modelling of the gatekeepers(guards),the texturing of this entire scene and animating the camera as shown in the trailer? maybe i am completely wrong,i have no knowledge about UDK but i am just a newbie here and i hope u answer my queries riki Smiling..thanks in advance


February 18, 2010 - 6:05am

Hi This is very Good Tutorial.
Thanks Thanks;)


February 14, 2010 - 10:02pm

Great tutorial, even got some personal help from Hourences on email to clear up an issue...study modeling and texturing on your own and combine this knowledge with it, you won't be sorry


February 12, 2010 - 11:19am
Thanks for the review UrbanMonk!


February 10, 2010 - 8:23am

Purchased this DVD and have been through all the content. I highly recommend this dvd to anyone. It teaches you how to construct an entire environment from beginning to end. Ive used unreal for many years now, and this was one of the better tutorials I’ve come across.
It doesn’t teach you how to create your own assets. So if you’re a beginner and are in need of a complete overall 3d modelling to In game environment, i would recommend you buy This Dvd along with eat 3d’s old damaged pillar tutorial.
However if you just want to learn Unreal UDK, get this DVD and you will be creating fully polished Nextgen environments within hours. Hourences tutorials are always golden imo.


January 31, 2010 - 1:49pm

Does this instructional include how to model the scene? Such as towers,steps,etc?


January 30, 2010 - 6:27am

very very awesome. if anyone knows what music is being used in the above intro, i'll pay DOUBLE! ^_^b