What is Unreal Engine?

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Updated: 08/02/2019 by Computer Hope

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.

Supported platforms

Games created in Unreal Engine 4 can be published on the following 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
  • BioShock
  • Rainbow Six
  • Batman Arkham
  • Borderlands
  • Gears of War
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Rocket League
  • Fortnite

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