Epic has announced that starting today qualifying schools and universities can gain access to Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) for free. This means that all the tools that UE4 offeres will be free to use by students, who will also be able to take a copy home to use as they wish. This is also without the need for the monthly price tag.
Epic will still take 5% on any sales for each game sold, but without the monthly price, it seems like a no brainer to use UE4.
“Nothing is stopping students from honing the skills needed to enter the range of fields using Unreal Engine technology.”
He later continues.
“Students who know Unreal Engine technology have a huge advantage when it comes to job placement.”
Ray Davis, general manager, Unreal Engine.
UE4 is powering the upcoming Dead Island 2, Epics own reboot of Unreal Tournament and Fortnite as well as a host of other games.
An early alpha demo of the upcoming UT running off UE4
What do you think about this news? Do you think it is good or bad for the industry?
I feel this can only be a good thing, the more creative minds behind games, the better the industry will become.