Epic just made a very big announcement amid the 2015 Game Developers Conference. According to a blog posting on the Unreal Engine’s website, “Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free, and all future updates will be free!” According to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, “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”.
Epic will still be taking a modest amount of revenue from game developers that use their engine; that being said, those rates were already significantly reduced last March when Epic dropped the revenue share from 25% to a mere 5%. These are very developer-friendly moves from the house of Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. It brings UE4 in line with other development engines such as Unity that create low-barrier engines for an evolving and more independent game development community.
Check out the video from CEO Tim Sweeney below, or read the blog post here.
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(Via The Verge)