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Developers' Benefits: Source 2, Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 Are All Free Now

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By mushroomzDate: Mar 04 2015 Views:

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This 2015 GDC not only brings the new VR tech to us, but also bring big surprises to game developers. Today Valve has officially announced that their Source 2 engine will be available for free to content developers.

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The annoucement of its release coincides with Epic making Unreal Engine 4 free-to-download and Unity announcing a full-featured free version of Unity 5. We can believe that these 3 new engines will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.

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Though it's unsure when Source 2 will launch but according to a press release we can learn more about what Source 2 will like. "With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity," said Stelly,"Given how important user generated content is becoming, Source 2 is designed not for just the professional developer, but enabling gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games." 

Compared to Source 2, Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 gives us more infomation about themselves, read on the introductions below if you're interested in them.

Unity 5

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Unity 5 comes in two flavors:

  • Unity 5 Professional, which adds a number of features new to the latest iteration of the engine (notably, its Cloud Build service package) and its analytics packages, as well as its Team License tools for larger studios.  
  • Unity 5 Personal, which is completely free to developers with revenue or funding less than $100,000 a year, and which includes the full engine (but no advanced services package.)

The only platform (of the 21 which Unity supports) that Personal can't build to out of the box is the Xbox 360. (Developers will also, of course, need valid licenses to publish to the consoles the engine supports.)

This graphic, provided by Unity, will help make things clear:

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Unity also announced Unity Cloud Build, which it says will enable developers to increase their productivity by "leveraging the power of cloud computing."

Unreal Engine 4

Anyone can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When shipping a game or application, developers pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. Epic succeeds only when creators succeed.

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And Epic’s founder and CEO Tim Sweeney elaborates on the Unreal Engine blog to explain why they made this decision. "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." Epic’s founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said.

Unreal Engine 4 will have a showcase at GDC 2015 this week. You can check out sizzle reel shows below.

What else will GDC 2015 bring to us? Stay tuned for more GDC news on MMOsite!

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video source:IGN

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