In a surprising turn of events, Epic announced today that they would be dropping the subscription model for Unreal Engine 4, and offering it and its full source code completely free for non-profit purposes.
If You Love Something, Set It Free
Tim wrote: Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free, and all future updates will be free!
You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.
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.
Giving away stuff seems to be what epic is doing best, as if you use the engine, they may even give you a grant to help your project see release!
From UDK, to the very reasonable subscription model for UE4, to completely free, Epic continues to prove themselves the kings of generosity in the game engine market. See the full article HERE.