Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is the newest in a line of powerful game development engines that has been used in a myriad of AAA games including Batman: Arkham Asylum and Bioshock: Infinite with the accessibility to be used in smaller indie studios such as Coffee Stain Studios with their infamous Goat Simulator.
In the past Epic Games has strived to keep Unreal Engine free by allowing usage of their engine with the caveat that if a game created with Unreal Engine surpasses $50,000 per quarter, they would take a 25% cut. However now, with Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games has lowered the ceiling and their cut for which requested to $3,000 and 5% respectively, no doubt to draw in smaller indie game studios who would never make $50,000 a quarter.
In the months of 2014, Epic Games set up a monthly subscription program for Unreal Engine 4. For $19 a month, you were given access the the program and all of its source code. Now that there is no need for a subscription, Epic Games has issues refunds and store credit to those who were previously signed up. “In going free, we’ll be issuing a pro-rated refund to current subscribers for their most recent month’s payment. And, everyone who has ever paid for a UE4 subscription will receive a $30 credit that can be spent in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.” as said by Tim Sweeney, the company’s founder and CEO on this blog post.
This is great news all around. Unreal Engine is solid, proven, and trusted, and it now has no risk if you want to start developing. Their dramatic cut reduction down to 5% is a giant boon to anyone who is successful with their engine, a win-win for both. With it’s new low price of free, there is no doubt, new and small indie studios will start their debut into the world, with Epic Games’ Epic Engine.
– Jonathan Chancey, firstname.lastname@example.org