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

John Callaham