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Epic Games ditches monthly fee for developers who use Unreal Engine 4

Epic Games has announced that it is getting rid of its $19 monthly fee for developers who want to make games using Unreal Engine 4. Epic will still take 5% of any gross revenue generated by an Unreal Engine 4-based app or game every quarter after it reaches $3,000 in revenue.

Epic first announced its affordable $19 monthly fee for Unreal Engine 4 in 2014, which can be used to make games for Windows 8.1 and the Xbox One, among other platforms. So why is it ditching this revenue stream? Epic stated:

The past year has been a whirlwind for everyone at Epic Games. Our community has grown tremendously. The quality and variety of creative work being done has been breathtaking. When we asked people to submit their projects to be shown this year at GDC, we had the challenge of picking just 8 from over 100 finalists that were all good enough to show.The state of Unreal is strong, and we've realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That's why we're taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free.

Any developers who had signed up for the old paid subscription fee will get a $30 credit that can be spent in the Unreal Engine Marketplace for purchasing additional content. Epic has already announced that Unreal Engine 4 will support Windows 10.

Source: Epic Games

19 Comments
  • Great!
  • That's awesome
  • I remember my old days playing unreal tournament. Fav stage was morphious.
  • One of my all time favorites, I remember getting monster kills at the top of the tower in facing worlds.
  • Epic Games took a nosedive after Tencent bought them and all the talent left. They used to be one of the top game developers. I miss the days of Cliff, Rod, and the gang.
  • Nice
  • Unreal!
  • Good one
  • This is an epic story.
  • NM
  • Smart.... 5% can end up being a lot money in the end
  • They always took that, they're just getting rid of the sub fee now.
  • I hope they announce WP support soon
  • Microsoft needs to act quickly. UE now has the potential to become THE gaming engine. If they have to pay a few millions for that to happen, they should.
  • Awesome I was gnna pay for it regardless so this is cool!
  • Do epic actually make games any more or are they just focused on their engine?
  • They sold off Gears of War to Microsoft. Supposedly they're still working on Fortnight but nobody's seen that game in long time.
  • Its mentioned on the launcher. They are currently taking sign ups for alpha access. UT itself is now currently available in a very early alpha as well.
  • I'm, a fan of this company. They are doing all the right things it seems.