Word came this week that two video game engines will become free to use. Firstly, the Unreal 4 Engine was announced that it will be free to use, with a percent of profits. Then, Valve showed of the Source 2 Engine at the Game Developers Conference and told us that using the new engine would be free, barring royalty costs.
“The state of Unreal is strong,” Unreal said on their official website, “And 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.” Unreal Engine 4 will be free to use, but anyone who uses it will pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.
At GDC, Valve made many announcements regarding the future of steam and PC gaming. Among them, they announced the Source 2 Engine and that it would be free to use.
“With Source 2, our focus is increasing creator productivity. 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,” said Valve’s Jay Stelly. “We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform.”
Valve did not give any word on royalties or licensing fees.