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9:00 PM on 04.29.2014

Somebody put BioShock assets in Unreal Engine 4

The original BioShock ran on (a heavily modified version of) Unreal Engine. That was almost seven years ago. What would the game look like running on the newest iteration, Unreal Engine 4? Someone had that same thought and p...

Jordan Devore

11:45 AM on 04.25.2014

Unreal Engine 4 goes to Xbox One, PS4 in 4.1 update

Update 4.1 for Unreal Engine 4 lets developers on Epic's nifty subscription service access PS4 and Xbox One for their work at no extra cost. This means that those that were registered as console developers (including ID@Xbox...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Epic: Fortnite has 'evolved,' hopefully we can talk about it soon

As far as "things I want Epic Games to release that aren't Unreal Tournament" go, it's pretty much just Fortnite at this point. The sandbox survival game "might be the best thing we've ever done," according to studio co-found...

Jordan Devore

12:05 PM on 03.19.2014

Epic Games' new Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan detailed

Epic Games announced a new subscription model for Unreal Engine 4 this morning. Any user can gain full access to their tools and source code for only $19 a month and 5% revenue. Developers can deploy to PC, Mac, iOS, and Andr...

Dale North



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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5:30 PM on 03.12.2014

The Unreal Engine 4 now runs in Firefox

Browser based gaming just took a giant leap forward with this demonstration of the Unreal Engine 4 running in Firefox at near-native speeds. The demo you see shows Epic's Soul and Swing Ninja, and this is the first glimpse o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





12:30 PM on 01.27.2014

Epic: Unreal Engine 4 games aiming for Christmas, Q1 2015

Epic Games hasn't been talking much about Fortnight and now it's sold the Gears of War rights to Microsoft. What's going on over there? Unreal Engine 4 work and lots of it, from the sound of things. Speaking to Edge, EU terri...

Jordan Devore

12:41 AM on 01.06.2014

Nvidia's Tegra K1 GPU has 192 cores, can match Xbox 360

Nvidia kicks off CES with their new mobile processor, dubbed the Tegra K1. This super chip features first 192-core GPU based on the Kepler architecture, powered by DirectX 11, and supporting Unreal Engine 4 and OpenGL 4.4. T...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 10.22.2013

See all the pretty particles in this Unreal Engine 4 vid

It's crazy to see just how much work went into the Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator demo that we saw at GDC earlier this year. Epic's new series of videos gives us a look under the hood of UE4, with this newest video focusing on ...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 09.30.2013

Here's a test video of Mighty No. 9 on Unreal Engine

No time to rest! The Mighty No. 9 train keeps right on rolling through the final day! Choo choo! The Monday update brings word that Mighty will take a page out of the Guilty Gear Xrd playbook and run on the Unreal Engine. A ...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 09.25.2013

Dig into the Unreal Engine 4 in this character trailer

I always like learning how an engine is made from the ground up -- especially one as prestigious and highly used as the Unreal Engine. Here in the above video you can do just that with Epic's Jordan Walker and Zak Parrish, a...

Chris Carter

6:00 AM on 07.18.2013

Gunner Z for the iOS looks pretty damn amazing

Oh great, yet another zombie shooter. Wait, what's this? This looks pretty badass! That was pretty much my thought process as I watched the Gunner Z trailer. The Unreal powered game is the latest from developers BitMonster, ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:17 PM on 06.10.2013

Batman: Arkham Origins E3 trailer delivers the hits

Warner Bros. has posted the E3 gameplay trailer for the upcoming prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins, and it delivers the hits... literally. Black Mask puts a bounty on Batman's head, which brings the combined might of Bane, Dea...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 06.06.2013

Unreal Engine 4 will support Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is the latest rage with all the cool tech kids these days, and the future looks bright for this virtual-reality headset. The Unreal Engine 4 will be able to take full advantage of the headset with support buil...

Joshua Derocher

2:30 PM on 05.23.2013

Mech game Heavy Gear Assault gets a Kickstarter

Developer Stompy Bot Productions has launched a Kickstarter for a new mech game called Heavy Gear Assault, based on the popular Heavy Gear franchise. Their goal is $800,000 for this free-to-play multiplayer shooter, and only ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 05.23.2013

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- uses Unreal Engine 3

Remember that Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- trailer from a few days back?  We have a few new details on the partnership between this studio and Epic Games. Xrd uses Unreal Engine 3, kicking off a new chapter for the popula...

Dale North