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  • replied
    Originally posted by Errvald View Post
    Your concerns are invalid, you can't even get the software version right.
    haha...ok: 4.71, not 4.7

    But honestly, I think it is a good move from Epic. I will certainly spent the $30 for some nice landscapes.

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    Originally posted by dev100000
    I am actually happy that they released it for free.

    I only want to express concerns, because this model is common practise in software development. Also quite understandable, since software does not need that same man power for maintaining, than for development.

    But I also think, Epic Games, does a great move here.
    Your concerns are invalid, you can't even get the software version right.

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    Originally posted by Mrdazza_460 View Post
    ...but don't underestimate the 8 year old kid the more exposer people have to a program the more likely they will use it in the future.
    I think someone quoted earlier on in the forums ... and I ad-lib ... but if a 8 year old now has access to the game engine for FREE and he can kick my butt with creating a game ... then we should celebrate and be happy ... I think this is the point.

    Some people (and I am not taking a stab at them) saw the $19 per month as their entry in to an elitist club and now they are being threatened because so many more people will come and challenge them. Personally this is a good thing and I see the following happening:
    1. There will be a huge influx of new people taking on Unreal Engine
    2. Some will stay but some will go back to other engines that they are more comfortable with
    3. The engine will grow stronger because more games will be developed (both good and bad)
    4. The community will continue to grow and will continue to move forward


    For a while, we will have to cope with a lot of questions and a lot of repeat questions ... but eventually I think the ship will stabilise and the normality will return. Those that don't like it ... will leave ... some of them will try to justify their leaving by complaining that this all happened because the engine went free (I have seen this happen before on an engine that shall not be named).

    In the end there will always be those for and those against what has happened ... it is not up to use to make them choose or judge their choices ... all we can hope is that they don't get nasty and try to pollute the forums. They should rather move on and find an engine and a business model that suits them.

    Finally ... my mom always used to say: If you don't have something nice to say rather not say anything at all ... hopefully one day internet users will remember that there are human beings on the other side of the screen and they have feelings too.

    p.s. To all the naysayers ... I wish you well and good luck. I am however sticking with Epic and taking this roller coaster ride to the end.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by dev100000
    I agree with all the sceptical comments. A more experienced developer would rather see $19.99/month and support/bug fixes/further development.

    Going free, now that they are at 4.7 and close to UE5, means:

    1. fire the majority of the per project developers, i.e. slim down on salaray wages
    2. ramp down support
    3. ramp down development speed towards UE4.999999

    It is a step towards abandon ware. Nothing to celebrate actually, unless the your are the 8yr old kid dreaming of making a game, as mentioned above.
    that's a fairly dim view, I would say, I guess they have the stats on the number of people that still download UDK as free engine and targets them to UE4, because they might have been Flocking to the Unity or other engine. a lot of people seem to be turn off by the 19per month, but don't underestimate the 8 year old kid the more exposer people have to a program the more likely they will use it in the future.

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    Thanks! That's Epic

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  • replied
    At the risk of getting into argument with anyone (again)...
    I really can't understand people who complain about being given UE4 for free. I mean, seriously guys. Why? How can you be "unhappy" about this decision? And is it Epic's move? Sure. It is business move. Believe it or not, Epic also needs to make living. You don't expect people to work for free do you? As long as there is no underlying "bad intentions" (and I don't believe there are) I really cannot have more respect for Epic at this moment. They give you UE4 for freeeee!!!

    Please don't complain about it.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by KitatusStudios View Post
    dev100000, Please do not spread misinformation. We're nowhere near UE5 and support or development speed is continuing at exactly the same pace.
    He is just trolling KitatusStudios ... I find if you don't feed IT ... IT goes away. 8-}

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Alexey Kryshen View Post
    It is longer impossible to download UE4 in Belarus, it seems to be impossible in Lebanon too, and you say "to Everyone" ? Really ? What about the money we spend previously on subscription, what about the projects we started and now can't complete because UE4 online resources is just blocked for us ?
    They are currently investigating this; It shouldn't be the case. You've been told already that they are investigating this though - So please have some patience! :> With GDC happening and this massive news, They've got a LOT on their plate this week!

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    It is longer impossible to download UE4 in Belarus, it seems to be impossible in Lebanon too, and you say "to Everyone" ? Really ? What about the money we spend previously on subscription, what about the projects we started and now can't complete because UE4 online resources is just blocked for us ?

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  • replied
    Originally posted by dev100000
    I agree with all the sceptical comments. A more experienced developer would rather see $19.99/month and support/bug fixes/further development.

    Going free, now that they are at 4.7 and close to UE5, means:

    1. fire the majority of the per project developers, i.e. slim down on salaray wages
    2. ramp down support
    3. ramp down development speed towards UE4.999999

    It is a step towards abandon ware. Nothing to celebrate actually, unless the your are the 8yr old kid dreaming of making a game, as mentioned above.
    Thats a false dichotomy and so no just because something goes free / Open Source in no way will it always result in the outcome you suggest.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by dev100000
    I agree with all the sceptical comments. A more experienced developer would rather see $19.99/month and support/bug fixes/further development.

    Going free, now that they are at 4.7 and close to UE5, means:

    1. fire the majority of the per project developers, i.e. slim down on salaray wages
    2. ramp down support
    3. ramp down development speed towards UE4.999999

    It is a step towards abandon ware. Nothing to celebrate actually, unless the your are the 8yr old kid dreaming of making a game, as mentioned above.
    dev100000, Please do not spread misinformation. We're nowhere near UE5 and support or development speed is continuing at exactly the same pace.
    Last edited by KITATUS; 03-03-2015, 04:22 AM.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Mrdazza_460 View Post
    on the other side I guess you could read into it that subscription intake was low and was becoming a negative, almost turning people away. they also seem to want to focus on selling us other stuff, e.g marketplace.
    I actually think the opposite is true ... they would never have refunded every subscriber their last months subs and given them $30 marketplace voucher if the up-take was low. I am with KitatusStudios on this one. 8-}

    And kudos for Road Safety as well ... good job. 8-}

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    Kitatus Studios @ LOL. it's also a $250 fine and 3 demerit points of our licence if the police find out (we get 12 demerit points before we loses our licence).

    they seem to be pushing the unreal tournament onto us lot more I also get the feeling that unreal tournament assets or just there marketplace assets. will also be "made" available to us on the 2 marketplaces to use in UE4 games only. seems only logical to do that to me anyway.

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  • replied
    Saw this last night just before going to bed, didn't know what to say.. now I do..

    ..

    This is UNREAL!..

    .. sorry..

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Mrdazza_460 View Post
    Have to say I was surprised about this. I actually pulled over to the side of the road on my may to work to read the whole email.
    on the other side I guess you could read into it that subscription intake was low and was becoming a negative, almost turning people away. they also seem to want to focus on selling us other stuff, e.g marketplace.
    From what I can tell, The subscription intake was doing just fine! They just wanted to open the doors to everyone to help give everyone an equal chance (From all backgrounds) to create the video-games of their dreams!

    By the way, You're automatically awesome for road safety! Even a deal being as amazing as this isn't worth putting your life on the line! :>

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