As a means to get more developers to adopt the Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games are set to give away nearly $5 million via a grant initiative. Epic will help to fund projects that it likes the look of, with the intention that the developer will retain all rights to the IP and publishing while the engine gets exposure – projects that have been crowdfunded will also be eligible for a grant of between $5,000 and $50,000. The co-founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, has explained why the company has put forward the idea:
“While development can be fueled by creativity and determination alone, finishing and releasing a commercial project often requires money…A small budget can make all the difference in shipping a project with the content, marketing materials, and promotional expenses necessary for it to gain traction. We like games, of course, but we also want to see animated features, architectural visualizations, Marketplace content, mods- anything that will make us say ‘Whoa.’”
Epic have already won plaudits for how accessible it has made the Unreal Engine 4; it is open to all for $19 a month with devs having to pay a 5% of gross revenue royalty fee once the game is finished.
The greatest of all the Pokemon, Charizard, has been confirmed as a standalone character for Super Smash Bros on 3DS and Wii U. Let’s take a moment to bask in his magnificence.
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The Nintendo Direct presentation on Tuesday also revealed plenty more details on the upcoming Super Smash Bros – most important of all was the news that the 3DS version will be launching in the Summer ahead of the Wii U version, which still has a non-specific release date of late 2014.
The 40 minute presentation (hosted by Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai) also had plenty more surprises in store; revealing new items, assist trophies & stages, a two tier system for online play separating those who wish for fun or glory, and a brand new game mode called Smash Run which will be 3DS exclusive. Finally, it was confirmed that Yoshi will return to the roster (along with Zero Suit Samus and Sheik who now have individual spots) with the second newcomer from the Pokemon series unveiled to be Greninja. If you missed the presentation on Tuesday, you can watch the whole thing via the video link below.