Unreal Engine 4 Is Free For Everyone To Use Now

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney posted a video on their official Youtube channel earlier today, telling the world that use of their proprietary Unreal Engine 4 will be completely free for all to use:

There are more details on this post on the Unreal site. Not only is use of the engine entirely free for game developers, students, architects, and any other users you can think of, all future updates will be free as well.

There is a catch, but it’s a pretty reasonable one: when a creator wants to “ship a game or application, [they] pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.” That’s a small price to pay to get your hands on the same tech that Square Enix is developing Kingdom Hearts 3 with.

This news is just the latest in a list of pretty magnanimous moves from Epic Games. In early 2014, they made the engine available for only $19 a month. Also, the Unreal Developer Grant program was announced a few weeks ago, where any project can apply for funding.

This seems to be Tim Sweeney’s way of paying it forward, especially when you consider that Unreal the PC game was developed partly in the man’s garage. There’s really no stopping the indie scene at this point, so Epic Games looks like they’re just going all in on supporting the community.

The democratization of powerful tools like the Unreal Engine 4 means that more creators will have a chance to share their visions with the world. Unreal, indeed.