Epic makes Unreal Engine 4 free
Unreal Engine 4, the latest version of the game engine developed by Epic Games, is now completely free for anyone to use.
Epic originally launched Unreal Engine 4 in March 2014 for "early adopters" with a subscription model, charging $19 per month plus a royalty fee of 5 percent on sales. Previous iterations of the Unreal Engine had been directed at large development teams making big-budget games, with costly licensing fees associated with the technology. Epic said at the time that it wanted to open up Unreal Engine 4 to a wider audience.
Unreal Engine 4 is now free to download, and all future updates will also be free. Developers of commercially released games or applications will pay Epic a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue above $3,000 per product, per quarter. Gamasutra reports that larger studios can continue to negotiate deals with Epic that reduce or don't involve royalty payments.
"It's a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed," said Tim Sweeney (Epic Games founder).