September 17, 2018

Unreal Studio beta extended

By Ken Pimentel

Editor's note: With the release of Unreal Engine 4.24, all Unreal Studio features have been rolled into Unreal Engine.

In March of this year, the free Unreal Studio beta was released and has already helped countless designers, artists, and creatives build exciting new content with Unreal Engine. 

Developed specifically for industries like architecture, film/TV, and manufacturing, Unreal Studio is a suite of tools designed to help creatives bring 3D scenes and CAD models into Unreal Engine smoothly and efficiently. Recent research conducted by Forrester amongst 150 key global players has shown that professionals in these industries value speed and the ability to create experiences. The research also revealed that 90% of firms surveyed said that driving productivity through real-time rendering will improve their bottom line.

Since its release, over 100,000 people have registered for Unreal Studio, reaping the benefits of real-time adoption, and many have shared their Unreal Engine videos, interactive tours, and virtual reality experiences on our forums. 

Last month, Unreal Engine Online Learning was made available with dozens of free online video courses designed to help Unreal Studio users get the most from the free beta. These videos cover everything from preparing your scene to importing scenes, setting up lights and materials, and creating interactive demonstrations and virtual reality experiences in Unreal Engine. 

Now, we’re pleased to announce that the free beta period has been extended to September 2019 as we invite further innovation and the opportunity to impact the future of Unreal Studio with your feedback. Furthermore, any version of Unreal Studio you download during the beta period will continue to be free to use even after the beta ends. 


“We’ve been blown away by the response to Unreal Studio thus far,” said Marc Petit, General Manager, Unreal Engine Enterprise at Epic Games. “Innovative individuals and companies around the world are already leveraging real-time technology to drastically reduce iteration time and accelerate workflows across a variety of industries. By releasing robust learning resources and extending the free beta, we’re inviting even more creativity and empowering developers to help shape the future of Unreal Studio.”

"Real-time engines have primarily been designed for the gaming industry, making them impractical to use for architectural and manufacturing visualization - until now,” says Karen Hapner, Senior Visualization Designer, Herman Miller. “Unreal Studio changes the paradigm by addressing needs specific to our industry, such as importing engineering models and easily achieving visual consistency. With Unreal Studio, I can use Unreal Engine to efficiently create interactive, immersive experiences for our customers."

“With Unreal Studio and Datasmith, we are no longer concerned when clients come to us with a myriad of different engineering file types,” said Stephen Phillips, Co-Founder and CTO, Theia Interactive. “We know that we can handle just about anything and keep the data intact. It has allowed the artists at Theia to spend less time cleaning up exports and more time creating the rich content and interactions that we are known for.” 

Here are just a few of the projects our users have produced this year:


Today, there are more reasons than ever before to download Unreal Engine and enjoy the creative freedom, time savings, and increased productivity that comes with real-time rendering.