Epic Games has revealed the brand new Unreal Engine 5, which will be available in 2021. The release of the engine is part of their goal to “achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life, and put it within practical reach of development teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries.”
Epic also showed off the Unreal Engine 5 in real time on Playstation 5 with a tech demo called “Lumen in the Land of Nanite“, which had a Tomb Raider vibe to it, showing off a character exploring an ancient-looking cave. During the demo, they described what the engine was doing and what it was capable of, and the results look amazing. I could sit here and write a lot of technical jargon that neither of us will really fully understand. What we are interested in is how good the games will look. Well, they may be well on their way to achieving their goal.
Also, Epic announced that they are waiving the first $1 million in royalties for developers, giving them even more reason to make their next game in Unreal.
“Starting today, you can download and use Unreal Engine to build games for free as you always have, except now royalties are waived on your first $1 million in gross revenue. The new Unreal Engine license terms, which are retroactive to January 1, 2020, give game developers an unprecedented advantage over other engine license models.”
They also announced they are making their Epic Online Services available to all developers. The services were developed for Fortnite originally and are the tech behind the matchmaking, accounts, leaderboards etc. Now they will be available for anyone to implement into their game.
“Friends, matchmaking, lobbies, achievements, leaderboards, and accounts: we built these services for Fortnite, we launched them across seven major platforms – PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Now we’re opening up Epic Online Services to all developers FOR FREE in a simple multiplatform SDK!”
“Mix and match these services together with your own account services, platform accounts, or Epic Games accounts, which reach the world’s largest cross-platform social graph with over 350 million players and their 2.2 billion friend connections across half a billion devices.”
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