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2:30 PM on 03.26.2014

Plants vs. Zombies 2's 'Far Future' update hits today

PopCap is releasing an update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS and Android today which adds a bunch of futuristic-looking plants and zombies as well as a new world map. Yes, there are lasers. EA has run through a few of the ad...

Jordan Devore



Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan photo
Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan
by Dale North

Anyone can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 now with a new subscription plan, priced at $19.99 a month. This was announced this morning in a GDC press conference by Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney. 

With this new plan, users can deploy to four platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Developers will pay 5 percent of revenues for full access to Unreal Engine 4. This fee gets you the tools, access to full C++ source code (via GitHub), documentation, and forum support access. This new plan is available today, letting new developers download tools and get started right now (or in a few minutes -- the site is down right now).

Sweeney calls today the start of something new for Epic Games. He said that they’ve been working quietly behind the scene on new technology for awhile now. The future of the engine is inspired by a lot of changes in the game industry. The assumption was that bigger and better was going to be the continual goal for the future of gaming, but things have changed since, with mobile and VR entering the scene in a big way.

The newest form of  Unreal Engine 4 was built to be highly usable for developers of all sizes.   Sweeney says that even if you don’t know how to program, you could build a game in Unreal Engine 4. He confident enough about its ease of use that noted that the engine could potentially be a new outlet for the motivated Minecraft player.

It used to cost many millions of dollars and lots of licensing paperwork for AAA developers to use UE4 to make games. Sweeney admits that this is an outdated plan now. They’re shooting for practicability and accessibility with their new business mode; every developer on earth will have access to all the tools Epic has when they develop their AAA games now. For $20, cancelable at any time. How great is that?

As an example, they showed off a game they made with the tools, called Tappy Chicken. It was developed in two days with Blueprint in UE4, with no programming. Other examples of the tools were shown -- more on these later today.

You'll find the full details on this new plan here.

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2:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Amazon's set-top box could offer PC game streaming service

The Amazon set-top box rumor train continues to chug along. The latest info leak from Tech Crunch is pretty substantial though, as they've learned that Amazon's device will be a dongle-like setup similar to Google's Chromecas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 03.17.2014

See Angry Birds get their Final Fantasy on in this new trailer

Angry Birds Epic is coming, and it's going to be a turn-based RPG. Wait what? It has crafting, turn-based battles, magic, and of course, microtransactions. It also stands to reason that given the mass appeal of Angry Birds, ...

Chris Carter

4:45 PM on 03.14.2014

Meltdown has a lightning gun and a dubstep trailer

Sometimes, players want to take in a thought-provoking narrative, with realistic character development and emotional events. Other times, players just want to shoot robots and blow things up. Meltdown is definitely meant for...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Amazon's controller isn't much of a looker

Blogger Dave Zatz has seemingly come across photos of the game controller for Amazon's long-rumored media streaming device by way of a Brazilian regulatory agency. The controller will reportedly ship separately, which has me ...

Jordan Devore

7:30 AM on 03.14.2014

Fare warning: The new Crazy Taxi is a free-to-play mobile title

Taking beloved videogame franchises from the late 90's and early 2000's and putting new titles on mobile platforms seems to be all the rage right now. Activision's doing it with Tony Hawk, and now Sega's taking its shot with...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Android users can now play Threes! like the rest of us

Android users may be late to the Threes! party, but it's still a party. A party with math 'n' stuff. Sirvo's acclaimed iOS puzzle game is now playable on Android devices (4.0 and up) in exchange for a reasonable $1.99. Combine numbered tiles to form threes, then sixes, and so on and so forth. It's an immediately graspable concept, one that fosters fierce competition. Play it!

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 03.12.2014

Little Big Adventure coming to Android and iOS March 27

DotEmu announced today that they'll be bringing the classic French adventure Little Big Adventure to iOS and Android devices on March 27. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, the game follows Twinsun, a youn...

Conrad Zimmerman

3:30 PM on 03.12.2014

Angry Bards: The next Angry Birds is a turn-based RPG

If Angry Birds Stella was Rovio playing it safe (make the same game but the bird is pink, that way girls will know it's for them even though girls and everyone else already play Angry Birds), the newly announced Angry Birds E...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 03.12.2014

Google buys Android controller company Green Throttle Games

Green Throttle Games was part of the whole Android-based gaming arms race alongside Ouya, GameStick, and others. What made GTG unique was their Atlas controller, which paired with the company's Arena software, allowed for mul...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





6:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft launches for PC, Mac

The beta period for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has come to a close, which means the full release is upon us. Like, now. Blizzard's free-to-play card game has launched for PC and Mac. An iPad version of the title is comin...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.10.2014

Reversed platform runner Spoiler Alert challenges you to unwin the game

TinyBuild has announced today that they'll be working with Danish developer MEGAFUZZ to release Spoiler Alert, an auto-run platform game which plays in reverse. Beginning at the end of the game, already completed, players ar...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 AM on 03.05.2014

Mobile broadcasting is next for Twitch

You can currently watch Twitch streams on your phone, but actual broadcasting of mobile games from a handheld device? Not so much. That functionality will be possible with the arrival of the Twitch Mobile Software Development...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 03.04.2014

Microsoft wants Xbox Live to live on Android/iOS

Microsoft is building a platform that would bring Xbox Live to iOS and Android, The Verge reports. This was hinted at with a job posting for engineers to help build it, which read, "We will create a modern framework that is o...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 02.27.2014

Oh: That new Tony Hawk game is only on mobile

Tony Hawk appeared on Bloomberg TV to talk about his new skateboarding game. Surprise: It's just for mobile! The new title is expected to release this year, and will be the first time a Tony Hawk specific game has appeared on...

Hamza CTZ Aziz