Epic Releases Unreal To The Masses

epic_logo_smallerGood news for those looking to create some games and make some money: Epic Games has just released the Unreal Development Kit to the public. Now the tools of the pros are at your disposal.

Already complete with the current updates, Epic has promised to continue updating the kit as they develop new technologies for Unreal Engine 3. And, as long as you agree to Epic’s licensing terms–which include fees–you’re free to make games commercially. unreal-engine-3-logo_00AE000000090386_thumb[12]

  • Immediate access to Unreal Engine 3, the critically acclaimed 3D game engine technology for cross-platform game development.
  • Easy content creation with the Unreal Editor, a fully integrated suite of top-tier development tools, which comes complete with:
    • Unreal Content Browser, a revolutionary tool for browsing, searching and organizing game assets with collaborative metadata tagging system.
    • UnrealScript object-oriented programming language and Unreal Kismet, a visual scripting system that enables rapid prototyping on the fly.
    • Unreal Matinee, a powerful tool with movie director-class controls for building in-game cinematics and gorgeous cut scenes.
    • Unreal Cascade, an advanced particle physics and environmental effects editor that aids the creation of fire, fog, explosions and other visuals.
    • NVIDIA PhysX-powered physics system with Unreal PhAT visual modeling tool for creating character and object physics rigs.
    • Unreal Lightmass, a global illumination system that dramatically lights and shadows with minimal effort required by artists and designers.
    • AnimSet Viewer and AnimTree Editor, which give animators precise control over every muscle and bone movement.
  • Time saved thanks to technology integrations with leading game development middleware tools including SpeedTree, Bink Video, and FaceFX.
  • Output of standalone applications: Games created with UDK run entirely on their own with no additional software required. This means anyone can make UDK content and distribute it for free.

Currently, the Unreal Development Kit is only available for PC use, but talks of a console development kit is being considered.

I, for one, would like to see what the masses can create given a good set of tools. What do you guys think? Is this going to uncover the next big name in the gaming industry or is it just going to be a bunch of hobbyists burning time?

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