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Unreal Engine

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Q. What type of pricing plans does Unreal Engine offer?

Unreal Engine has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: One Time License, Free, Open Source
Free Trial: Available

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Q. Who are the typical users of Unreal Engine?

Unreal Engine has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business

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Q. What languages does Unreal Engine support?

Unreal Engine supports the following languages:
English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified)

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Q. Does Unreal Engine offer an API?

No, Unreal Engine does not have an API available.

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Q. What level of support does Unreal Engine offer?

Unreal Engine offers the following support options:
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Unreal Engine product overview

What is Unreal Engine?

Unreal Engine is a game development software designed to help businesses of all sizes create 3D films, persona animations, training simulations, and more. It enables game developers to transform ideas into visual content, streamline photorealistic rendering operations, and develop cinematic experiences for the audience.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Chat

Training options

Documentation
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Unreal Engine features

Functionality

4.8

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Total features

13

3 categories

Most valued features by users

2D Drawing
3D Games
Animation
In-App Purchase
In-Game Analytics
Integrated Development Environment
IT Asset Management
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Unreal Engine users reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

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336

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  • Likelihood to recommend9.02/10
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Pros
I like how you can build games for free. Most of the software's cost money and all the games tons of other people have made like Fortnite is great.
I am dedicated to everything that has to do with multimedia design, so any medium that can generate growth in my experience is always welcome.
Super excellent graphics:- the game engine is meant for this. And even better, this will become more better in the future.
Cons
When it comes to rendering or executing a build the computer cannot be used for another process. Also user interfaces are little bit confusing.
One drawback i faced lots of time is that the lagging issue, when we add assets to the unreal engine project it lags a lot.
Its Paid, You have to pay taxes after launching the game.

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Ronald L.

1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The most powerful game engine that unfortunately is really hard to run in low specs devices

Reviewed 5 years ago

Easiest learning curve ever, even for the shaders/materials taboo. The visualization of code in graphs (Blueprints) also helps to keep code organized, documented and optimized.

Pros

This engine is a shortcut to get an amazing final product in both aesthetics and code. The Blueprints system can do almost everything traditional code can. It's priceless to have a visual way to debug: you can see all the paths taken in the execution in real time. My favorite feature is the material creator (equivalent to shaders) based on graph nodes, which is becoming the standard nowadays, but since...

Cons

For me the hardest fact to accept is that you can't run Unreal Engine 4 Editor in a "normal" specs laptop (they explicitly say it on the requirements page), but also your final products will have higher requirements, unless you spend lots of hours and effort in optimization like it was perfectly done with Sea of Thieves and Fortnite. I shared my 3rd person spaceship prototype game with some friends and they got around 10 fps on normal (kind of old) laptops. Nothing less than i5 could run it fluidly even with 4Gb ram.

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Marcos C.

Entertainment, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The Clear Choice for Low-Code Game Development

Reviewed a year ago

Once you get used to the clunky interface, Unreal Engine is by far the best game development environment for my needs. Epic Games has a ton of assets available for free that make game development a breeze. You can deploy games made Unreal just about anywhere, too, without having to pay per export modules (I'm looking at you, Game Maker). I just really, really like Unreal.

Pros

The thing I like the most about Unreal is that the Blueprints, which are its visual scripting features, are part of Unreal's DNA. It's been a part of Unreal for ages. Visual scripting in competing engines like Unity is an afterthought, and therefore isn't nearly as well implemented. Another fantastic thing about Unreal is that Epic Games keeps acquiring really good companion software companies. Just by using Megascans you can get amazing graphics assets for your games without spending a dime. Incredible value all around.

Cons

Everyone knows Unreal's interface is outdated and clunky to use. I'm in the same boat. It's just terrible. Even the asset marketplace is terrible to navigate. It can definitely get extremely frustrating. But when you compare it to what Unreal offers elsewhere, as well as just how clunky Unity and Godot are also, then you realize you're coming out of it all with a net positive.

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german n.

Media Production, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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good choice for games

Reviewed 3 years ago

I work with unreal for VR projects for a couple of years and I think is very robust. Have a lot of support for vr googles like oculus and vive.

Pros

its free and have a lot of support and tutorials.

Cons

i like more samples and documentation in spanish,.

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Tavaris J.

Computer Games, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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3D game development tools and what to look for

Reviewed 2 months ago

I had a good experience using unreal I even created a few hyper casual games from it.

Pros

Since I've used the product when it was called unreal editor, I like that you can rapidly make prototypes test your design and then change it to fit the needs of development. Plus you can use pre-made models or import characters and landscapes from Maya.

Cons

The one thing I noticed that the blueprint design can get out of hand very quickly if you do not set it up correctly.

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David K.

Computer Games, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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It's a technical marvel, but know what you're getting into.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Unreal Engine is always interesting to use in game jams for graphical fidelity, though at times Unreal Engine projects can become a mess when working on commercial games. People need to know accurately what they're getting into when building a new game in Unreal, because for some it's overwhelming, for others it's like trying to get a game out of modding a first-person shooter, and then for some it ends up being a good choice for their game. Once your whole team is experienced with it, Unreal Engine can be quite good, depending on which genre of game you're going for.

Pros

Unreal Engine games are excellently visually impressive, and the cross-platform functionality is very good. Even though it's more technically impressive, it's still more stable than Unity. The updates are frequent and prioritize bug fixes more accurately than Unity, and Unreal's pricing is certainly second-to-none.

Cons

A lot of aspects of the editor are unnecessary to make a good game and end up getting in the way more than anything else. The occasional crashes are always saddening, but it's still more stable than most of Unreal's competition.

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