If you have ever wanted to start developing your own games for mobile devices or computers, Epic Games made it even easier to get started, by today announcing they have made their awesome Unreal Engine 4 development platform free to all.
Last year Epic started providing their Unreal Engine 4 games engine to developers and anyone interested in creating mobile applications or games for a monthly subscription.
However from this week onwards anyone is now able to download and install the Unreal Engine 4 development software and start creating for free. Once you have created your application or game using the Unreal Engine 4 software and publish it as a commercial enterprise. You will then need to pay Epic a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.
In the video below Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney talks about why Unreal Engine 4 is now free.
“This is the complete technology we use at Epic when building our own games. It scales from indie projects to high-end blockbusters; it supports all the major platforms; and it includes 100% of the C++ source code. Our goal is to give you absolutely everything, so that you can do anything and be in control of your schedule and your destiny. Whatever you require to build and ship your game, you can find it in UE4, source it in the Marketplace, or build it yourself – and then share it with others.
Beyond the tools and source, Unreal Engine 4 provides an entire ecosystem. Chat in the forums, add to the wiki, participate in the AnswerHub Q&A, and join collaborative development projects via GitHub. Buy content in the Marketplace, or build your own and sell it there.
To help you get started, the engine includes a large number of video tutorials and documentation, as well as ready-made game templates, samples, and content.”
Source: Epic Games