Last night at the Develop Awards 2016, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 was awarded the Develop Industry Excellence Award for Best Engine. This recognition comes from the UK development community’s most prestigious panel of judges and peers, and represents the highest honor that the industry trade publication bestows upon engines and gaming technology.
This win speaks to the unparalleled momentum Unreal Engine 4 has seen over the last two years as it’s transitioned to free access for developers of all sizes. UE4 has become the go-to for game development teams both indie and AAA and everything in-between.
“The Develop Awards have a dear place in our hearts at Epic, having swept the tools accolades with Unreal Engine 3 from 2008 through 2013. Now in 2016, it's great to be back as "Best Engine" with Unreal Engine 4,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games. “We're grateful to all of the amazing developers, from indie to triple-A, who have chosen our technology to power their games, and have made it look so good!”
The award for Best Engine comes as UE4’s momentum continues to swell. Since going free, the Unreal community has seen massive growth, with more than 2 million developers using Epic Games’ real-time 3D engine. Unreal Engine also had a huge presence at this year’s E3, with more than 80 Unreal-powered games on full display. The wide range of games at E3 showcased the engine’s scalability and flexibility across genres and platforms, proving that truly any project can be built with UE4.
Anyone can download Unreal Engine 4 for free and start building games today. With a huge library of tutorials and support from the Unreal Engine community, development with UE4 has never been easier.