Epic Game released a new Unreal Engine 4 video at GDC 2014 showing off the engine running on Nexus 5 Smartphone and demonstrating the tools.
“Epic’s Zak Parrish walks through some of Unreal Engine 4’s popular features, such as the new material system, Blueprints, VFX and level building.”
Unreal Engine 4 is now available to all developers through a new $19/month subscription-based business model, with five per cent of gross revenue from any sales going to Epic. It gives developers access to the engine and the complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub.
Developers also have an option to negotiate separate terms with Epic if they don’t want to be charged for royalties and pay up-front instead. The platform includes the Blueprint visual scripting system, a visual material editor, the Persona animation system and Matinee timeline-based machinima and cinematic system.
The engine and game code has been developed in C++ using Microsoft Visual Studio and Apple’s Xcode.
“This is our complete engine, with everything Epic provides to leading game developers, priced accessibly for teams of all sizes, budgets and aspirations,” said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney.
Now is a great time to be an independent developer. There are amazing platforms and distribution opportunities available, and with this release we hope the Unreal Engine can help developers build cool new things.”
Valve boss Gabe Newell added: “This is smart. It’s an enlightened way for developers to create great games and easily bring them to Steam.”
Unreal Engine 4 is available for PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
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Source: Press Release.