Epic Games: Unreal Engine 4 and the Virtual Reality boom

gfGuess what guys— Unreal Engine 4 is out now and its FREE!

This is some awesome news for you game devs out there. Today Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney announced that their latest game engine is free for everyone to use. EVERYONE. Even me. I wouldn’t be very good at it, but I could try.. If you’ve always been interested in game develop or animation, now is the perfect time to get started.

Anyway, I think this is amazing and a smart move by Epic Games because the indie games community is growing larger everyday. They will take a cut of the game revenue of course, but most indie devs would agree this is a fair trade (a 5% royalty from product revenue after the first $3,000 per game, per quarter if you wanted to know) But will Unity users switch to Unreal Engine now that it’s free? The online gaming community seems to think so.

Tim Sweeney is a well-known figure in the video games industry and his opinions are highly respected by gamers worldwide. He recently stated that he believes Virtual Reality will be the next big thing and that it will ‘change the world’. Perhaps it will be affordable and available to the public by the end of 2015?

I really hope so – I’ve been watching a lot of Oculus Rift ‘Lets Plays’ lately, and would love to play some of the awesome horror games that have been developed so far. (You have to watch this video below – Markiplier is hilarious! Definitely makes me want to buy the Oculus Rift, but i’m trying to be patient and waiting for the retail version to come out)

Valve is also jumping on the VR bandwagon – it has joined up with HTC to create ‘the Vive’. Imagine playing Half Life 3… my inner fangirl is screaming. The gaming community were pretty irked when they discovered Facebook had bought the Oculus Rift and were worried that the games created would be sub-par. I mean, I’m not sure how I feel about Facebook having a role in the games industry but time will tell.

I think this announcement is great news for the gaming community. The more competition, the better the product, and more opportunities for indie devs to shine!


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