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Epic Announce Unreal Engine 4 Subscription Plan
Known for developing games, like the successful Gears of War series, Epic has decided to launch a subscription plan for its upcoming Unreal Engine 4. Following in the footsteps of Unreal Engine 3, which was, and still is one of the most used and licensed game engines around, Unreal Engine 4 will sport a a much more user friendly tool set. The Blueprint system found within the new engine will allow level designers and artists to quickly prototype their creations and create unique behaviors without even programming codes.
With a much more streamlined engine, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced during a GDC panel that the developer will make the engine available to the public for the low cost of $19.99 per month. Sweeney stressed that this won’t be a dumbed down version of the engine, but will include full suite of tools and source code that’s made available to licensees. The only catch is that Epic will take a five-percent royalty of gross revenue for every game that was created with the engine.
The UE4 engine will be available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms. Epic is hoping to add console support over time. For those interested, visit Epic’s website.