Unreal Engine has been a staple of game development for over a decade, which makes the news Unreal Engine 4 is going free all the more surprising.

“Unreal Engine 4 is now available to everyone for free, and all future updates will be free,” Tim Sweeney said in a blog post on Unreal’s website. The only caveat is you pay a 5 percent royalty on anything you ship that makes more than $3,000 per product, per quarter, which excludes non-game projects.


All tools, features and help needed to use UE4 will be available to users.

“Whatever you require to build and ship your game, you can find it in UE4, source it in the Marketplace, or build it yourself – and then share it with others,” Sweeney said.

Last year Epic made UE4 subscription based at $19 per month. Anyone who has spent money subscribing to UE4 in the past will be receiving a $30 credit to use in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.

Source: Tim Sweeney