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The largest game engine in existence with hundreds of shipped commercial titles has just been released free for indie use.

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Only a week after Unity announced the free use of their engine for indie and mod teams, Epic Games has unveiled UDK UNREAL DEVELOPMENT KIT (clever name that) for use by indie and mod teams. While the choice of tools and engines available to mod and indie developers increases by the day, traditionally engines the magnitude and relevance of UE have been out of the reach of smaller teams due to licensing costs edging close to a million.


However while it may be free to develop and release a non-commercial game, should you wish to profit from your hard work the current UDK license states that 25% of all revenue earnt beyond $5,000 will be paid to Epic as your licensing cost. I consider this a small price to pay with no risk for developers who now have access to proven technology.


What will the developers do with this? Only time will tell, I for one see the availability of unrestrictive powerful tools like this as PROOF of the POWER that PC gaming still has. While traditional PC developers (i.e. Infinity Ward and others) may be shunning the PC crowd with "consolized" versions of their game and trying to convince us that the reason for these decisions are to provide a better experience, we know better, and we deserve better. No other platform provides the power and creativity possibilities that the PC does, no other platform makes you jump through hoops to release via digital distribution. Indie developers... I for one eagerly await the games you make because of decisions like this, as I know you only making games you want to make and play.


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RetroXor
RetroXor

Quite epic move indeed. Something tells me this is gonna create lots of interesting stuff.

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Highmist
Highmist

I mere ****** myself.....finally its free for everione! Although now Moddb will be flooded with unfinished/not good UT3 mods....oh well

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TheOneKnownAsMe
TheOneKnownAsMe

Yeah, and you can bet that it will be flooded with all kinds of UDK games...

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum

It'll be nice to take the light off of Steam games for once.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

Unreal Engine 3 became free to indies... and i jizzed in my pants.

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Muffinssi
Muffinssi

Never could thought that Epic Games would ever giveaway UE3 for free, thats freakin awesome! For me this is probably too hard to make anything cool and playable, so i can forget my dreams about "make game with Unreal Engine"...

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Highmist
Highmist

it caught us all ****, it caught us all. but now we can expect some great things

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lethal_vortex
lethal_vortex

awesome we can exspect some quality indie games to come out:)

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OldBoy
OldBoy

This is great, thank you epic. truly epic... This is how game development should be.
NOT filled with people with greed of gain but with people that love making games!

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PatrickSutter
PatrickSutter

I never thought this day would happen! I am nearly catatonic right now.

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

This really came out of nowhere. It's a little unreal, but quite epic none the less. Really looking forward to seeing what kind of amazing stuff this leads to.

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cheesemoo0
cheesemoo0

This.is.amazing.

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Ekonk
Ekonk

Sorry for being an oaf, but does this mean I can just install this and play Unreal Tournament 3 mods?


(Please God, please)

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Shadow-Marine
Shadow-Marine

i think they may have to be compiled into an actually game system instead of running off the ut3 system
so from now on most of the unreal engine stuff will be an indie game but i don't know if anyone's gonna bother with previous mods
and if their is a mod that contains or uses any commercial resources (models sounds etc) then they must be removed before its released as an indie game
other wise the producers wont be happy

but yes as long as its full conversion

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M@ty
M@ty

No. UT3 mods are built using UT3 content. For UT3 mods you will need UT3.

If you would like to play the mods without getting UT3 you will have to nicely ask the developer to port it to the UDK. :)

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Pxl_Buzzard
Pxl_Buzzard

Holy crap.

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formerlyknownasMrCP
formerlyknownasMrCP

Wow.. just wow..

Now I'm conflicted... Unreal or Unity...

ARRRRG! (I think Unreal is winning)

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infl1ct1on
infl1ct1on

Good choice :D.

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak

o.O

*hyperventilates*

Best news of the month for me. I totally did not see this coming........

Epic ftw.

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razorb
razorb

fugin **** on a stick as my friend would say :> i now have a new found love for epic.. i really respect what they have done here.

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TheOneKnownAsMe
TheOneKnownAsMe

Yeah, i am definitely going with UDK for my current project...

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borralho
borralho

i still can't believe it........

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NightSage
NightSage

WHOA, WHAT!? That is HUGE news.

"However while it may be free to develop and release a non-commercial game, should you wish to profit from your hard work the current UDK license states that 25% of all revenue earnt beyond $5,000 will be paid to Epic as your licensing cost."

Very smart move on epics part, its free to use but cost you if your going to sell a title. So in a way its like they just licensed their technology to potentially millions of developers.

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infl1ct1on
infl1ct1on

Exactly. Smart business move IMO because now they can make money off Indie developers and at the same time Indie developers may be able to create better games. Its a win win situation for a lot of people.

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Anthony817
Anthony817

This is the best thing since sliced bread! I will show this to all my modder friends!

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Neurological
Neurological

Guys, I have a question about this incredible thing (am I dreaming?). What about Physx, Havok, SpeedTree, Bink etc... license?

Is that included into the commercial license, or you have to pay separatly. Because Bink alone is 7000$, and sounds weird if it is included.

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Six_Ways
Six_Ways

According to Udk.com it's all in there. Pretty impressive.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital

Wow!!!
Great news and a good pr move for Epic.
The fact that it didn't get leaked and just seems to have sprung up really helps the wow factor. This and Unity being free will hopefully encourage lots of risk taking and some cool mods/indie games to come out.

I remember someone mentioning how there are tons of great UT3 mods but no one plays them cause not many people bought UT3. Hopefully this will bring those and many more sweet mods into the spotlight for more people to enjoy.

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RandomusIdiotus
RandomusIdiotus

I might have expected to see UE1 or UE2 released for free as they are out of date to Epic, but UE3!?

Hm... maybe some of these UT3 mods could be stand-alone someday? Renegade X and/or Tactical Assault for free would be t3h uber l33t pwnx0rz!

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SneakySoft
SneakySoft

how is networking done, that's my biggest concern for all the multiplayer mods that are out there. That is probably why "the ball" is used as the demo for udk beta release.

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Robots!
Robots!

Now my keyboard's all sticky.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA

epic your unreal!

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DELTΔ
DELTΔ

wow i think i need to clean the white stains from my pants now D= but man this is soooooo cool =D

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TheOneKnownAsMe
TheOneKnownAsMe

The ****-related jokes are getting old... xD

I finished downloading it, playing around with it right now, and i must say, Epic Win.

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Shadow-Marine
Shadow-Marine

ZOMFG WTF MMMMONSTER KILL

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DELTΔ
DELTΔ

just finished down load 10 seconds ago

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Gurra300
Gurra300

unreal engine 3 is free...omg, now many indie game thatgets created will be awesome!

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Superb news... a real shake up for the modding and gaming alike community... may the best game be released!!... lol

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spiritwind51
spiritwind51

OMG this is Awesome!!!

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Squeebo
Squeebo

Oh my god!

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angry_bot
angry_bot

Here's a question, though: will you be able to use PhysX as well or has that been stripped from the UDK?

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L0K
L0K

This isnt real... It cant be. Can it?

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Kasplatt
Kasplatt

This isn't exactly "out of the blue" they did have a teaser on their site about 2 weeks ago I believe, had "It's unreal and it's coming soon" was only up for about a day or so though. Awesome news, can't wait till I get back home to play around with it.

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Shadow-Marine
Shadow-Marine

lol unity came out not that long ago and this has completely knocked it out

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razorb
razorb

not really.. i bet most artists wont and cant make full use of udk anyway.. plus 25% is mega rape :P unity is no where near that much

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Ark_
Ark_

This still hasn't knocked unity really as Unity can make web based games witch is a growing market.

Now if you will excuse me I must get back to UE3. :)

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Elementalist
Elementalist

Unreal Engine + Instant Action license = Unity Knocked. Yeah.

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Chrissstrahl
Chrissstrahl

Ppl often don't know what a good engine is really worth.
This is fantastic :)

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Grobi
Grobi

This is such good news we need to celebrate somehow!

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Soulseker
Soulseker

Im not a big fan of UT3 Engine.
But maybe other developers now will do the same, got hope :D

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Ark_
Ark_

Same here really im more into mapping for source, so im waiting to see what they do. But still i have even more respect for epic now and i will still be playing around with the udk.

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