Unreal Engine 4 now free for everyone

Free-to-play games are all the rage these days, so it's only fitting that development tools appear to be headed in the same direction. Epic has revealed that Unreal Engine 4 is now "available to everyone for free."

The announcement comes nearly a year after Epic started selling Unreal Engine subscriptions for $19/month. The UE4 development community has "grown tremendously" since then, the company says, and lifting the monthly fee is expected to encourage even more developers to get in on the action.

As far as I can tell, Unreal Engine 4 hasn't been watered down or laced with freemium features. You still get the full engine source code and the same suite of tools used by Epic's own staff. The only catch is that Epic wants a small slice of sales from any commercial products created with the engine. Developers are on the hook for 5% of gross quarterly revenue after the first $3,000.

Anyone with an Unreal Engine 4 subscription will be getting a partial refund on their monthly bill. All subscribers past and present will also get a $30 credit for the Unreal Engine Marketplace. The online content store is loaded with game assets, including environments, models, materials, and effects.

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    • MEATLOAF2
    • 6 years ago

    I think Unity 5 is coming out soon, perhaps Epic wanted to get more people using UE4 before that happened.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    I’d appreciate it if indie devs use it to make more games like Gone Home and Dear Esther.

    I must be getting old. Too old to carry a heavy rifle killing aliens on Mars. Instead, I go through an empty house reading diaries. Good lord.

      • odizzido
      • 6 years ago

      I really like story games. Dreamfall: Chapters and Life is Strange are on my radar when they are finished.

      I actually am playing planescape: torment ATM to try to find new(to me) good story games, but so far I have to say it’s not that good. It’s a bunch of sidequests with little main story much like mass effect 2 which is unfortunate.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 6 years ago

    I guess Unreal is starting to feel pressure from Unity. I’d expect Crytek to match this with the CryEngine.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    Finally!!! This is a great return to form for Epic. Wonder if we will see another make something UNREAL tournament. That would be awesome! Go PC!!!

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 6 years ago

    Half-Life 4 confirmed.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 6 years ago

    Sweet. Now I can copy-paste all the UT assets, bot code, gameplay elements, steal a few community textures, make two maps, call it Nukklear, then sell the “game” on steam and make boatloads of money for making a dead end mod that’s doing nothing original.

    Can’t forget the marketing though. It’s all about the marketing…

    • ish718
    • 6 years ago

    How come we don’t have games that look this on the market yet?
    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjFqwsFPt9Y[/url<]

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      Because intel are ***holes.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 6 years ago

        Wot?

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          they bought offset and shut it down
          [url<]http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/07/01/project-offset-officially-shut-down-at-intel-founders-launches/[/url<]

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          [url<]http://www.fractiv.com[/url<] [quote<]Our previous company, Offset Software, was purchased by Intel in 2008. Our labor of love was Project Offset and the game engine that went with it. As many of our fans already know, Project Offset was cancelled. The graphics hardware it was being designed for did not ship and our game was a casualty of this.[/quote<] *cough* Lafabee *cough* [quote<]The IP and Engine are property of Intel so its future is out of our hands. We have tried working with Intel to obtain the rights and there are some good people there who have made some effort to help us, but without success. We would like to thank all those who supported us and the project. We learned some good lessons along the way and met some incredibly talented people who we are fortunate enough to call our friends.[/quote<]

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 6 years ago

      And to think they had something *that* good running 7 years ago now. Such a shame Intel were jerks and canned the game. 🙁

      • auxy
      • 6 years ago

      The offset engine is still being used! Try out the free MMOFPS Firefall. It uses that engine and looks fantastic.

        • Pwnstar
        • 6 years ago

        Firefall is fun. A bit grindy and no where near the vision they laid out during its long development, but fun.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 6 years ago

        Thanks for the heads up on this auxy! Looks fun. I’m burned out on WoT for the moment and if/until CoH gets back up and running I needs some social gaming in my life.

      • f0d
      • 6 years ago

      it doesnt even look that good
      those texture look horrible (look at the crossbow)
      sure its open world but there are plenty of open world games out there

      there is a game out that does use it called firefall and its ok looking i guess but nothing special

        • ish718
        • 6 years ago

        Dude…. it’s a 7 year old engine running a pre alpha build of the game and it still looks better than most games on the market….

          • f0d
          • 6 years ago

          most games “pre release” look better than the actual release version
          how many times do you see early videos of pre release games look great and then end up poop? when released
          a lot of them

          you cant judge a games graphics until its released

          besides to me those graphics dont look better than “most games on the market” they look pretty poor – even for 7 years old, crysis1 looks much better
          crysis 1 2007 [url<]http://s9.postimg.org/orvew4l3j/cry.jpg[/url<] offset 2007 not even released [url<]http://s9.postimg.org/bhh7dgq8f/offset.jpg[/url<] both crappy youtube videos so they both suffer from bad encoding artifacts its quite clear which looks better imo offset was overhyped

            • strangerguy
            • 6 years ago

            Whats even more funny and tragic is we have games that require so much more CPU and GPU power and they still don’t look better than 8 year old Crysis 1.

          • Klimax
          • 6 years ago

          Costs (IIRC mostly assets) and targeting consoles.

          ETA: Or targeting retro feel.

    • balanarahul
    • 6 years ago

    I smell a UE4 vs. CryEngine 4 war incoming.

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      At least people *use* one of those.

      • nico1982
      • 6 years ago

      I think you picked the wrong opponent: its name is Unity 🙂

        • sweatshopking
        • 6 years ago

        yeah, Cryengine isn’t even close to as big as unity anymore. Unity is a monster.

      • danielravennest
      • 6 years ago

      Crytek is still working on v.3.7, so 4.0 is a ways off. And the engine isn’t released in full versions any more. It is just “CryEngine” with a version number, like my browser is Firefox v.35.0.1. So current version is something like CryEngine 3.6.13, with incremental updates every so often. Major new features arrive with second digit updates.

    • anotherengineer
    • 6 years ago

    Groovy.

    But I want a free source engine.

      • Deanjo
      • 6 years ago

      There’s like 20 bazillion of those already out there. Take your pick.

        • anotherengineer
        • 6 years ago

        The Gabe Newell Signature Edition one 😉

          • Deanjo
          • 6 years ago

          I signed it too!!!

      • DPete27
      • 6 years ago

      Big Block?

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