Unreal Engine: Now Available to Everyone for Free

*From Tim Sweeney’s Blog:

"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.

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.

In early 2014, we took the step of making Unreal Engine 4 available to everyone by subscription for $19 per month. We put all of our source code online, available to all who signed up. We flipped the switch and crossed our fingers.

The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown tremendously. The quality and variety of creative work being done has been breathtaking. When we asked people to submit their projects to be shown this year at GDC, we had the challenge of picking just 8 from over 100 finalists that were all good enough to show.

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. That’s why we’re taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.

For those of you who have been with us for the last year, thank you! With your input and participation, we’ve worked insanely hard to make the engine better, more useable and more powerful, releasing 7 major updates and more than a dozen minor updates.

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.

This news comes during an unprecedented time in our industry, amidst revolutions in virtual reality and augmented reality, and in the presence of the largest community of indie developers that has ever existed, all facing a crowded market and seeking the opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

Yet in Epic’s 25 years as an independent company, we have seen no time of greater opportunity for developers than today. Whatever your development aspirations, Epic stands with you, both as a technology provider, and as a fellow game developer counting on UE4 to power our own games."

And here’s a message from Tim!

Happy developing, all!

Thanks! That’s a great surprise…


Welcome to all the new people! Enjoy your stay; You can get started either by using the Wiki, Documentation, The Forums (With plenty of awesome tutorials!) or by checking out my FREE books at: - Best of luck to everyone and their game development dreams!

Wow, just wow! That’s fantastic! Not that 19$ a month was too much to ask, but this is pretty amazing.

Holy Rusted Metal Batman … didn’t see this coming.

Didn’t mind the $19 … but thank you and thank you for my bonus … you guys are Epic!!! 8-}

Unbelievable! Thank you Epic!

Wow! Nothing much more to say. Just wow.

That is awesome news! Going to have to be ready for the influx of new people; s’gonna be ace!

Great news, I could kiss you guys. :slight_smile:

I am at a loss for words. In one fell swoop, you’ve made Unreal Engine the most accessible, most powerful, most used engine in the entire game developer community. I could not have hoped or dreamed for more incredible news this GDC. First a wonderful royalty deal, then dev grants, and then axing the price tag altogether.

You sure know how to kick up some dust! I see nothing but good things in the future!

Awesome, on the other hand, can you promise not to turn evil once you destroy most of the competition? :slight_smile:

I wasn’t complaining at the $19 but this means I can spend that much more on other things parts of the game XD

Always raising the bar, awesome work Epic!

This is incredible… Sweet! This is really cool thanks!

Thanks you Epic, you are the best :slight_smile:

great news

how funny just purchased 2 days before this was made free LOL no problem as i switched from unity and im so glad. Making it Free is massively great news for people, my 7 year old will love it :slight_smile:

thanks again Epic :slight_smile: have a great GDC


I was about to resub this morning after taking 2 months off, and now this…Plus it shows I have a $30 credit on the market place.

Don’t know how you can do this, but thank you epic, hope it all works out for you in the end.

Thank you.

I wanna go to Epic’s office and just hug everyone; Or drop there a bomb of hugs. An atomic bomb of hugs.

I really wish you all didn’t do this, and I’m not just complaining to complain.

  • The price point was an minimum entry barrier. It kept floods and floods of 10 year old kids from the forums. (Perhaps this will be a non-issue.)
  • I really want to support Epic. I believe this engine is the best out there, and $19 was nothing to support one of the few companies I love.
  • I want to believe development will keep up at the same rapid pace, but I feel bad putting in any request or giving any negative feedback when the engine cost nothing at all.

Thanks for the wonderful gift, but don’t shoot yourselves in the foot.