Unreal Engine 4 is now free

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Wow, isn’t Epic Games nice? They have made Unreal Engine 4 free for everybody, with all future updates being free as well. What does this mean? It means that you can now start developing games, use it for film and animation, visualization to VR, or education.

Once the game or application is shipped, the developers will have to pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the project makes $3,000, per quarter.

The engine is used by many top video game developers, including Epic Games. It includes 100% of the C++ source code,

Epic’s founder and CEO Tim Sweeney made the announcement on the Unreal Engine blog:

“In early 2014, we took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. We put all of our source code online, available to all who signed up. We flipped the switch and crossed our fingers.

The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown massively. The quality and variety of creative work being done has been breathtaking. When we asked people to submit their projects to be shown this year at GDC, we had the challenge of picking just eight from over 100 finalists that were all good enough to show.

The state of Unreal is strong, and we’ve realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That’s why we’re taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.

In Epic’s 25 years as an independent company, we have seen no time of greater opportunity for developers than today. Whatever your development aspirations, Epic stands with you, both as a technology provider, and as a fellow game developer counting on UE4 to power our own games.”

Source: Unreal Engine

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