Epic Games has released a free edition of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK).The release allows those interested in 3D tech for non-commercial and educational purposes to get their hands on the impressive Unreal Engine 3 for free via the official website. The site also supplies detailed product features, technical documentation, commercial licensing terms, support resources and more.“I’m excited about the possibilities the Unreal Development Kit opens to those who are looking to get into the game business but don’t otherwise have the means to acquire world-class technology and tools like ours,” said Epic president Mark Rein.“UDK is Unreal Engine 3, which has been used to create games in a wide range of genres, as well as military simulations, 3D architectural walkthroughs, animated movies and more. Users are only limited by their imaginations. Go ahead make something Unreal!”Some benefits of the UDK:Immediate access to Unreal Engine 3, the critically acclaimed 3D game engine technology for cross-platform game development.Easy content creation with the Unreal Editor, a fully integrated suite of top-tier development tools, which comes complete with:Unreal Content Browser, a revolutionary tool for browsing, searching and organizing game assets with collaborative metadata tagging system.UnrealScript object-oriented programming language and Unreal Kismet, a visual scripting system that enables rapid prototyping on the fly.Unreal Matinee, a powerful tool with movie director-class controls for building in-game cinematics and gorgeous cut scenes.Unreal Cascade, an advanced particle physics and environmental effects editor that aids the creation of fire, fog, explosions and other visuals.NVIDIA® PhysX®-powered physics system with Unreal PhAT visual modeling tool for creating character and object physics rigs.Unreal Lightmass, a global illumination system that dramatically lights and shadows with minimal effort required by artists and designers.AnimSet Viewer and AnimTree Editor, which give animators precise control over every muscle and bone movement.Time saved thanks to technology integrations with leading game development middleware tools including SpeedTree®, Bink Video®, and FaceFX®.Output of standalone applications: Games created with UDK run entirely on their own with no additional software required. This means anyone can make UDK content and distribute it for free.
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