The video game industry is growing with the speed of the light. According to Forbes, it will reach over $300 billion by 2025. With mind-blowing numbers in profit and more than 22.5 billion gamers around the globe, we see game engines in non-stop development. As of today, Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) and Unity are holding the leading position on the market. Not a surprise being so high in demand, one competes against the other. If you are debating which engine you should choose, this article will be helpful.
If you want to bring to life a new incredible game it's important to determine, which platform it the best fit. Although both Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) and Unity have outstanding features, one could be better than another based on your specific requirements. For better understanding, let's dig a little deeper.
Both Unity and UE4 have great tools to produce high-quality 2D content. When it comes to 3D game development the graphics quality of Unity is not on the same tier as UE4. Although if you don't plan to build next-generation level graphics, this difference won't be significant for you. A lot of video game designers are using both engines for creating pre-visualizations and architectural visualizations to generate a more interactive user experience. While selecting a game engine depends on the type of game you want to create, there is another important factor: cost. On top of the development price, if you publish your game, you don't have to pay any royalties to Unity, but you have to pay for the license to utilize the engine on the development stage. Unreal Engine licensing model is set up in a completely different way, all the features are completely free to use but once you've begun selling your game, you're required to track gross revenue and pay a 5% royalty after the first $3000 per calendar quarter. That includes any money you earn from in-app purchases, in-game advertising, and the price of the game itself. Another major factor to influence your choice between the two engines is the programming language. The Unreal Engine utilizes coding languages such as C++, while Unity employs C# and its unique own UnityScript.
Blueprint: This is a visual scripting system, that speeds up the development process enabling coding-free creation of prototyping levels, and even entire games. It means that you don't even have to write a single line of code. It's also a perfect tool for visualizations and architectural transformations.
Graphical Capabilities: When it comes to graphics, Unreal Engine 4 is a next-gen game engine. It's capable of creating graphics on par with games that you see released on next-gen game consoles with complex particle simulation systems and advanced dynamic lighting. It can create both 2D and 3D, giving you the ability to drive graphics further.
Asset Store: Unity is really at the top in terms of the scale of their asset store and the characters, props, sounds, and particle effects provided. They have everything from intuitive animation and rigging tools, GUI generators, and motion capture software.
Mobile games development: Unity leads in the mobile and small games development market, meanwhile, clients with bigger projects and bigger budgets usually go for Unreal Engine.
When it comes to determining the winner there is no clear answer. Both game engines are powerful tools to materialize your ideas and bring them to life. Seeing your concept come true begins with selecting the right development partner. When you choose a third party to work on your project, you have to be sure they share your vision, have knowledge and deep video game industry expertise.
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