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    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.


    DEVELOP IN THE UNREAL ECOSYSTEM
    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.


    UNREAL SET FREE
    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.


    MADE POSSIBLE BY THE COMMUNITY
    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.


    BLUE SKIES AHEAD
    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!
    Last edited by Chance Ivey; 03-02-2015, 01:18 PM.

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    Whenever I read obuot ue4 going free I almost cry every time because of happiness thank you Epic

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    Thank you for UE4 for Free Epic!

    You can chime in here!
    https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...l=1#post236945

    Rama

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    Oh i see, thanks for your answer Chance!

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    Originally posted by Meguido View Post
    So no new info for this? but in the redeem code page the codes are no longer recognized and gives an unvalid message
    Hey there! Unfortunately, subscription codes aren't interchangeable with other prizes. We've made changes to the prizes for the game jams winners moving forward. All past winners can expect a game jam shirt, though! Still finalizing design, then to print

    Thanks!

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    From GameDevs alike, 2015 should be EPIC! Thanks!

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  • replied
    Originally posted by AvatardProductions View Post
    I installed the epic games launcher, but in the upper left corner it says Not Installed. The drop down menu only shows the 4.7.4 version..I click on that and nothing happens..can any1 assist me with what's up? >RK
    Take a look at this thread: https://forums.unrealengine.com/show...m-The-Launcher

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    I installed the epic games launcher, but in the upper left corner it says Not Installed. The drop down menu only shows the 4.7.4 version..I click on that and nothing happens..can any1 assist me with what's up? >RK

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    Originally posted by hamsterPL View Post
    What about codes (from game jam) which I didn't redeem? Will you give other prize?
    So no new info for this? but in the redeem code page the codes are no longer recognized and gives an unvalid message

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    Thank you Epic and thank you Tim. This is a really great gift for all people who love Unreal Engine. In my opinion this is one of the best engine on the market and definitely the best which is free. Now only the sky and our imagination is the limit.

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    Unreal folks,

    I only committed at the beginning of the year, so am really just getting started. Nobody can argue with "free" vs. paid of course.
    I guess my only concern is, when I was kicking in, I felt like I was directly contributing, if only in a small way, to your having the budget to have people dedicated to creating learning content such as the great examples levels, videos with good coverage of features, etc. I'm just hoping you will have the revenue stream to continue to produce both the engine as well as all of the learning materials at the pace you have been. Thanks for all the work so far, and look forward to seeing where you plan to take the engine over the next couple of years.

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    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.
    Yay, Seriusly...

    When i saw UE4 is just $19 / month, i was like:



    Thank you

    (But you really could keep that $2 dollars, i am pretty sure the administration costs a lot more..)
    Last edited by Azarus; 03-13-2015, 10:46 PM.

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    I got a Dollar back. Well I say thx for that dollar too. Though pro-rated sounded so... like more.. well sorry. Feel so greedy now. lol

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  • replied
    Originally posted by BHUDSON View Post
    PRIORITY NOTE: Tim/UE4, please focus on training. Beginner to advance so we can move even faster getting this out to our schools/students.
    Or let the community help with training! It's the reason http://www.kitatus.co.uk exists :>

    /SHAMELESSPLUG

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  • replied
    Thank you! I am a teacher and my students/school wanted a course in game design. Now, I can add this course to 2015 - 2016 schedule because of the new direction UE4 is taking (UE4 is now free). Tim/UE4, Thank you - Schools across the county will take notice to this change and chose to work with UE4. PRIORITY NOTE: Tim/UE4, please focus on training. Beginner to advance so we can move even faster getting this out to our schools/students.

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