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Unreal Engine 4 is now free

Epic Games has announced on their blog that they decided to provide Unreal Engine 4 for free to all people, without any limitations of its features.

There is something you will need to keep in mind if you plan on using the Unreal Engine 4 for commercial reasons. In Epic Games’s blog post is clearly states that: “When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.

Depending on your needs this might be a deal breaker.

The current latest version for Unreal Engine 4 is version 4.7. This version comes with various new features, such as:

  • Realistic Foliage Lighting
  • Foliage Rendering for Large Worlds
  • In-World Component Editing
  • Placeable Empty Actors
  • Blueprintable Components
  • Automatic Asset Importing
  • Blueprint Editor UI
  • HTML5 and WebGL Support (Windows Only)
  • OpenEXR: High Dynamic Range Textures
  • Android Development on Mac
  • Virtual Reality Support
  • Leap Motion Plugin *Beta*
  • Morph Target Exaggeration
  • Animation Editing System
  • Instant Bone Controller Preview
  • Creating Animations from Physics
  • Git Source Control Plugin (Beta!)
  • AI Perception System: Blueprint Scripting

and a lot more ! For a more detailed explanation of the features, visit https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/unreal-engine-47-released

Unreal Engine 4 Recommended System Specifications

  • Windows 7 64-bit or a Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Quad-core Intel or AMD processor
  • DX11 compatible video card

Unreal Engine 4 will run on hardware below what is shown above but you might experience issues with the performance.

If you would like to download Unreal Engine 4 please visit unrealengine.com and click the link on the top right where it says “Get Unreal”. Registration is required.

GitHub Student Developer Pack

GitHub is now offering a pack aimed towards students completely free.

To be eligible for the pack you will need to be a student aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study. You will need a school-issued email address, valid student identification card, or other official proof of enrollment.

The pack contains the following tools and products:

  • ATOM — A hackable text editor for the 21st Century (text editor)
  • bitnami — Business 3 plan (normally $49/month) for one year (hosting)
  • CrowdFlower — Access to the Crowdflower platform (normally $2,500/month (data enrichment platform)
  • Digital Ocean — $100 in platform credit for new users (hosting)
  • DNSimple — Bronze hosted DNS plan (normally $3/month) for two years (hosting)
  • GitHub — Micro account (normally $7/month) with five private repositories while you’re a student
  • HACKHANDS — $25 in platform credit (Live programming help available 24/7)
  • Namecheap — One year domain name registration on the .me TLD (normally $8.99/year & One year SSL certificate (normally $9/year) (domain)
  • Orchestrate — Developer account (normally $49/month) while you’re a student (API platform that powers multiple databases-as-a-service for developing Web and mobile applications)
  • Screenhero — Individual account (normally $11/month) while you’re a student (Screen sharing for collaboration in teams)
  • SendGrid — Student plan 15K free emails/month (normally limited to 200 free emails/day) while you’re a student (email service)
  • stripe — Waived transaction fees on first $1000 in revenue processed (Web and mobile payments)
  • Travis CI — Private builds (normally $69/month) while you’re a student (hosted integration platform)
  • Unreal Engine — Unreal Engine (normally $19/month) while you’re a student (game engine)

Click here to apply for the GitHub student developer pack !