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

Posted by INtense! on Nov 5th, 2009

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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Jake@War Dec 6 2009 says:

This looks awesome, Its already donloaded(well almost).

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cinco Jun 1 2010 says:

epic has always been superior to garbage like ubisoft and ea, which is probably why more people like to do business with them. this is just another example of why epic and their technology is vital to keeping the game industry from becoming drm infested, mod-less garbage like ea, activision and ubisoft games.

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RickTheStickman Sep 14 2010 says:

I am going to the burial of Epic's money.
See you guys.

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L1ttl3P1x Jan 8 2011 says:

Is this engine free to use?

Because me and my team want to make a shotter.. and we search for a free enine..

So open source? closed source? free?

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thunderising Jan 16 2011 says:


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