Unreal Engine Explained

Unreal Engine Explained
by Miguel Norberto

Unreal Engine is a 3D game engine developed by Epic Games, first released in 1998.

It has been used to create video games such as Borderlands, Gears of War, Mass Effect, and BioShock. Unreal Engine 4 was released in 2014.

How Unreal Engine works: the basics

Unreal Engine is a game development software package used by video game developers to create 3D video games. It is used by many popular video game developers, including Epic Games, Bioware, and Ubisoft. The Engine has been in development since 1998 and has been used to create some of the most popular video games ever released, such as Gears of War, Mass Effect, and Assassin’s Creed.

The Engine works by allowing developers to create worlds and characters in 3D and then animate them. They can then use this animation data to generate code that controls their behavior. This code is called a “gameplay module.” The Unreal Engine also includes other features that help with game development, such as physics simulation, lighting effects, and artificial intelligence.

What you can do with Unreal Engine: some examples

Unreal Engine is a suite of integrated tools for game developers to design and create games. It offers advanced lighting, physics simulation, and character animation. Developers can create 3D worlds and gameplay mechanics with Unreal Engine. Additionally, Unreal Engine provides Blueprint visual scripting, enabling non-programmers to create gameplay mechanics and logic.

Some popular games that were created using Unreal Engine include “Borderlands 2”, “BioShock Infinite,” “Destiny,” and “Batman: Arkham Knight.” In addition, many other games use Unreal Engine in some capacity, such as the famous “Fortnite” Battle Royale game.

Unreal Engine is not just for creating video games; it can also be used for architectural visualization, product visualization, training simulations, and more. Some examples of projects that have been created with Unreal Engine are shown below.

The cost of Unreal Engine: how much does it cost?

Unreal Engine is a popular 3D design software that many game developers use to create video games. It offers a wide range of features and capabilities that allow for efficient game development.

However, the cost of Unreal Engine can be prohibitive for some smaller developers. The total price of Unreal Engine 4 is $19,500, which is a significant investment for a small studio.

However, there are ways to reduce the cost. For example, Indie bundles offer discounts for small studios. Additionally, Unreal Engine 4 is available to rent for $99 per month. This makes it more affordable for smaller developers who want to use the latest version of Unreal Engine.

The pros and cons of Unreal Engine

Since its release in 1998, Unreal Engine has created blockbuster video games like Gears of War, Mass Effect, and BioShock. It’s also been used for movies, including the visual effects for Avatar. Unreal Engine is known for its power and flexibility, which has made it a popular choice among game developers and visual effects artists.

There are several reasons why Unreal Engine is so popular. First, it’s mighty. It can render high-quality graphics quickly and easily. Second, it’s very versatile. The Unreal Engine can create games of all different types, from first-person shooters to puzzle games. Third, it’s easy to use. Even novice developers can create complex 3D worlds with little effort.

Despite its many advantages, Unreal Engine does have some drawbacks. First, it can be expensive.


Unreal Engine is a powerful and versatile tool that is sure to remain popular in the years to come. Its capabilities are constantly expanding, and its community is one of the most supportive and enthusiastic in the industry. With Unreal Engine, you can create anything you can imagine.

So what are you waiting for? Start learning today!

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