Epic Games' offer which provided free Unreal Engine Marketplace assets has been extended for another year. What's more, the Fortnite developer (and purveyor of many fine other games) have expanded the items on offer, making the Unreal Engine all the more tantalizing for game developers.
A bit of background: Epic Games are the people behind the Unreal Engine along with a few games you may have heard of like Fortnite and Unreal Tournament. To promote the usage of their engine, they've released a number of free Unreal Engine Marketplace assets a while black, a large portion of which came from their now-depreciated mobile game Infinity Blade.
Now, a blog post on the official Unreal Engine website has announced that they'll be extending this program for another year, giving devs even more opportunities to polish their games with high-quality content.
Epic Games has also shared a couple of interesting data points about their experiment: more than 400,000 developers have taken advantage of the program, adding up to more than 8 million downloads of this free content to date.
Free Unreal Engine Marketplace Assets Adding New Content
The free Unreal Engine Marketplace assets deal isn't only being extended — it's also being expanded. The five-year milestone of this program is being celebrated with the release of five new asset packs from the Infinity Blade franchise, clocking in at a total of $4 million in value when it comes to the money invested in the game's development. Combine these new packs with the seven packs already released for Infinity Blade and you have yourself a pretty fine deal.
Of course, there are also more than a few paid assets available for developers who don't mind spending a few bucks to supplement their game's content. Whether you want to spend money or not, you can check out what's available at the Unreal Engine Marketplace.
What do you think of the extension of the free Unreal Engine Marketplace assets deal? Does the availability of free assets make you more interested in game development? Let us know in the comments below!