Break free from barriers with tools and workflows that put you in control. Whether your team is made up of 5 or 500 developers, Unreal Engine’s pre-built, modular systems, customizable plugins, and source control integration will help you meet each project’s unique needs.
One unified content pipeline, all your platforms covered
Connect your players with the same high-quality experience across all major platforms, from mobile to console and PC—just like we do with Fortnite. Extend your worlds using XR (AR, VR, and MR) too!
Made for creators, by creators
At Epic, we use the engine ourselves to craft award-winning, chart-topping content—and what we learn we pass on to you in the form of powerful tools and optimizations. Over the course of two decades, Unreal Engine has become the most trusted, reliable engine in the world.
A community committed to quality
The highest caliber of professionals continually choose Unreal Engine to push the limits of visual experiences. Whether you’re an aspiring developer or seasoned veteran, you’re joining an active community that’s committed to achieving excellence.
Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN)
What if you could use UE5 tools to create experiences and publish them directly to Fortnite for millions of players to enjoy? With UEFN, that’s now possible! Check it out.
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Achieve awe-inspiring visual content out of the box with Unreal Engine’s physically based rasterized and ray-traced rendering. Take advantage of advanced dynamic shadow options, screenspace and true 3D reflections, versatile lighting tools, and a flexible node-based material editor to create the most realistic real-time content imaginable.
Robust multiplayer framework
For over two decades, Unreal Engine’s multiplayer framework has been battle-tested across many platforms and game types to produce some of the industry’s most engaging multiplayer experiences. Unreal Engine ships with a scalable and proven client/server architecture to bring instant viability to any project’s multiplayer component.
Full access to C++ source code
With free access to all C++ source code, you can study, customize, extend, and debug the entirety of Unreal Engine, and ship your project without obstruction. Our source code repository on GitHub is continually updated as we develop features in our own mainline, so you don’t even have to wait for the next product release to get your hands on the very latest code.
Blueprints: create without coding
With artist-friendly Blueprint visual scripting, you can rapidly prototype and ship interactive content without touching a line of code. Use Blueprints to build object behaviors and interactions, modify user interfaces, adjust input controls, and so much more. You can even visualize gameplay flow and inspect properties while testing your work using the powerful built-in debugger.
The highest-quality digital humans
Next-gen games customers expect to be amazed by the characters they see. With MetaHuman Creator, you can create the highest-quality digital humans, complete with hair and clothing, in minutes. MetaHumans come fully rigged and ready to animate in your Unreal Engine projects, with eight levels of detail included.
This course will introduce you to the high-level basics of Unreal Engine 5 and the editor used to work within it. We’ll look at how to add assets, create lighting, make Blueprints, and even share your project.
As such a powerful tool, Unreal Engine can be a lot to take in, which is why understanding its foundations is so important when starting out. BeginPlay, a constantly evolving survey of Unreal Engine's features, is designed to help with that.