Unreal Dev Kit available for free

Epic Games has announced the launch of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), a free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides community access to the award-winning toolset.

The software release is available to anyone interested in using 3D game engine technology, including game developers, students, hobbyists, researchers, creators of 3D visualizations and simulations, and digital filmmakers.

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edgeofblade3326d ago

Damn... the licensing agreement is pretty awesome if you want to release a game. No fees up to the first $5,000 in revenue.

MetalGearRising3326d ago

So can i make a game with this Unreal Dev Kit or do i need to know anything else about computers because i do know how to go on the internet.

tdrules3326d ago

i find it hard to believe you could fight yourself out of a paper bag, let alone code physics, character models and dynamic lighting.
go back to flaming games, youre pretty good at that

edgeofblade3326d ago

It's much more complicated than LBP, if that helps. This is a pretty serious engine. This isn't for the amateur.

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Elven63326d ago

Why are you guys being so negative? If he wants to get into game development then let them, they released these tools so people like him (gamers) can explore game development and hopefully encourage them to pursue a career in it.

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MetalGearRising3326d ago

Well I've downloaded it so fingers crossed it's gonna be easy and not hard to make a masterpiece.

Budg3tG4m3r3326d ago

Unreal engine is getting older now and devs with bigger budgets are moving on to other engines or Epics new engine. This gives a chance for people to make somthing with little or no money and if it's good they can get it released. Mod makers, dreamers, noobs, or artist can use this.

They can't do anything mind blowing like Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, Gears, Forza 3, MW2, Alan Wake or Splinter Cell but they can make what they dream. I like this idea it opens the community and gives people a chance to try. If you know 3 or 4 people willing to put some extra time in for a couple years you can make a game.

It probably wont be a $60 or $70 mega blockbuster but a $20 or $30 budget title with good gameplay can sell. I myself would by a game with great gameplay, art direction and story over graphics anyday.

sikbeta3326d ago

This is awesome, I'm a Dev wanabe XD

Everyone knows about some linux support or I'm tøø high? XP

STONEY43325d ago


You do realize this is for PC only?

Alcon Caper3326d ago

Unreal is already the number one used engine and now it's free. I'm an advocate for a competitive marketplace, so this actually might be bad for competing engines. It might not affect Unreal NOW, but with similar tools in subsequent versions of the engine, its popularity will definitely result in an increase of use in the future.

Kind of a jerk move, in my opinion... why not give other engines a fighting chance...

likedamaster3326d ago

"Kind of a jerk move, in my opinion... why not give other engines a fighting chance..."

Or kind of a genius move. Indie developers can't just come up with money out of a hat. This is going in the right direction. The most popular engine in the industry now free. How can that not spell win for everyone involved?

Alcon Caper3326d ago (Edited 3326d ago )

I'm glad for the indie devs, but I think their reasoning behind making it free is to increase the popularity of the next unreal engine, of which they'll already be familiar with.

Indie devs are the devs of the future and if all they know is the Unreal Engine, how can we expect other engines to compete?

Not to mention the fact that the Unreal Engine was arguably overused this generation. Aren't we furthering that by making it free?

How bout make the Crysis engine free, instead...

Budg3tG4m3r3326d ago

So you basicly want Epic to stop what their doing for the next 5 years, what they been doing for 15yrs to give other engines a chance. Thats like asking MS to stop making Windows so MAC and Linux can catch up. This isn't a hippie commune, this is a business and you want them to stop making smart business moves so other not so smart businesses can get a clue. I'm all for everyone being able to play at the game table, but you just can't be some new guy off the street who sits down at the champs table and expect equal play time.

Double Toasted3326d ago

when you should look at an engine like this as paint or crayons. Everybody, that wants to, can be exposed to it, but not everyone is going to make the same painting or draw the same picture.

And you mention Crysis engine should've been made free. Uh, hello, not the same company. But as I'm typing this, I really have to wonder, who in their right mind would argue with a free engine let alone arguably the best engine out there. Not even the Embryo engine is free...

Alcon Caper3326d ago

@ Double Toasted - You make a good point. It's just a medium for creating and the result could vary from dev to dev.

I know it's a great business move by Epic. And of course I know Crysis is owned by another company.

I'm just thinking that from moves like this, sprouts monopolies, which can be abusive to the competitive market. If something like this did happen, eventually, I assume it would have to be regulated in order for other companies to have some kind of foothold on this growing industry.

But, yes, we all know it's good for everyone else...

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