During GDC 2014, Epic Games held a small press conference, one we were able to attend, to not only show off the features Unreal Engine 4 had to offer, but also announce its subscription based model for developers to take advantage of. It was original $19 a month, a small price to pay for something that could take years making your own engine.
That subscription model is no more as Epic Games have revealed today that Unreal Engine 4 will now be free to anyone and everyone, along with the frequent updates the engine gets. Epic Games’ founder and CEO Tim Sweeney had this to say:
“The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown massively. 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 eight 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.”
Anyone who paid for the subscription will also receive $30 credit on their marketplace. Alongside this announcement, Epic Games has also released a sizzle reel for GDC 2015, showing off the various games that take advantage of the engine. You can check out Unreal Engine 4 on their official website.