Unreal Engine 4 is one of the most powerful game engines on the market today, allowing for any aspiring game designer to create amazing games whether its a 2D side scroller or an immersive photo realistic first person shooter. With the launch of Unreal Engine 4 last year, Epic took the game development community by storm by switching to a subscription-based pricing model of just $19/month to gain full access to the game engine, opening the flood gates to any artist who wanted to bring their ideas to life.
Unreal Engine 4 just got even more accessible on February 28th, 2015 when Epic Game switched the pricing model of UE4 from $19/month to completely free. Not only does this make Unreal Engine 4 accessible to anyone who wants to learn it, but it's also a bold move on Epic's part to become the number one game engine on the market, battling against the two heavy weights that are CryENGINE and Unity. You can learn more on how the other game engines stack up against Unreal Engine 4 in this article. Epic Games has slowly been breaking away barriers to Unreal Engine 4 by first making the engine completely free for universities and schools and this is really the last link in the chain to making Unreal Engine 4 the most accessible engine on the market.