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Epic games releases free 3D animation tools

on Friday,November 06,2009 22:11

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In a move that could inspire the next generation of 3D animators and game developers, North Carolina-based developer, Epic games has released a version of its Unreal Engine 3 game design system for free.

The release, referred to as the Unreal Development Kit, provides consumers with access to the engine that governs the game mechanics of some of the most popular video games of the past several years including Bioshock, the Medal of Honor series and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

In past years, the system has only been available through costly partnerships with Epic, with tech blogger and former game developer Ed Burnette reporting an up-front payment of around $8 million.

"Unreal Engine 3 has been used to create games in a wide range of genres, as well as military simulations, 3D architectural walkthroughs, animated movies and more," boasts Mark Rein, vice president of Epic. "Users are only limited by their imaginations. Go ahead, make something Unreal!"

The kit is available for free download for noncommercial uses, but does allow for a reasonably priced commercial license as well.
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