Released in May 1998, Unreal Engine is a free-to-use game development engine owned by Epic Games. It can be used to create a large variety of 3D, 2D, and VR game styles. The platform is known for its impressive graphical and lighting capabilities. It also includes a library of materials, objects, and characters. In addition to supported coding languages, Unreal Engine offers a visual editor, called Blueprints, for creating the rules of the game, which requires no coding experience.
While the Unreal Engine is completely free to use, if your game makes over $3,000 per quarter in revenue, you must pay Epic Games a 5% royalty.
Games created in Unreal Engine 4 can be published on the following platforms:
- Windows, macOS, Linux, and SteamOS computers.
- iOS and Android smartphones.
- HTML5 for use in browsers.
- PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles.
- Virtual reality and augmented reality platforms.
Games created in Unreal Engine
The first game to be created in Unreal Engine was Unreal, released in 1998. Other popular games created using the Unreal Engine include the following:
- Deus Ex
- Rainbow Six
- Batman Arkham
- Gears of War
- Mortal Kombat
- Rocket League