Best Free Game Engines in 2018
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Best Free Game Engines in 2018

August 30, 2019


In this video we are going to help you with
your video game development planning by reviewing the six best game engines that are completely free We are Ask Gamedev and here are 6 of the best
free game engines you can use to make games in 2018. Welcome back! If you’re new to Ask Gamedev, we make videos
to help you learn about the games industry so that you can elevate your games and Inspire
others. If you’re on a gamedev journey, consider
subscribing. We’d love to help you along the way. It’s 2018, and what a time to be alive for
gamers! We finally have real VR. We are spoiled with the amount of indie games
released each month. We’re carrying Nintendo flagship console
with us on the go. AND we now KNOW what it truly feels like to
build a PC [PC Building Simulator]. But do you know what the greatest thing is? We have all these amazing tools at our disposal
to actually create games – AND THEY’RE FREE! With that, let’s get on to….some FREE
game engines! The following 4 engines are completely free. There are no licenses to buy, no subscriptions
to pay for, no royalty fees, and you can use to them to make commercial games. Our first engine on this list is a direct
response to our last video on games engines, “Video Game Maker: 7 Game Engines You Can
Use (Right Now) to Start Making Games”. At the end of the video we asked you to leave
comments on other game engines, and we received tons of comments about game engine #1 on our
list, Godot Engine! Thank you again to the Ask Gamedev community
for all of the comments. 1. Godot Engine Godot is a powerful open source game engine
that includes dedicated 2D and dedicated 3D engines! It is completely free and open source under
the very permissive MIT license. In terms of languages, it supports C#, C++,
and it’s own language, GDScript, a python-like scripting language. It also has an amazing community supporting
its growth with over 700 patrons on Patreon. You can download it on Steam for free. As of this week, it is rated “Very Positive”
with 97% of its reviews being positive. Some games made using Godot are:
The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy® A Game of Changes Steno Arcade and Chaos on Deponia The next engine comes to us from one of the
biggest companies in the world… Amazon. Yes, the company that owns Twitch, also has
its very own free game engine. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform
AAA game engine. It is also deeply integrated with Amazon Web
Services and Twitch – meaning if your game requires cloud-connected features, or has
a Twitch component, Lumberyard may be a perfect solution! Amazon earns revenue when studios use AWS
for their games, but if you have your own private servers, or are making a traditional
single-player or local multiplayer game, and not using AWS, you can still use Lumberyard
completely for free. Some Amazon Lumberyard titles include: Star Citizen The DRG Initiative and Coffence The next two engines on the list focus on
2D game development. This next one has been around for over a decade! We’re talking about Cocos2d. Cocos2d-x is an open source framework written
in C++. Like Godot Engine, it is also under the MIT
License. Cocos2D-x is used to build 2D games and apps,
and supports skeletal animation, sprite sheet animation, coordinate systems, effects, multi-resolution
devices, textures, transitions, tile maps, and particles. Some popular Cocos2d-x titles are: BADLAND Geometry Dash and Dragon City And lastly you might remember this one from
our last video, Corona! Like Cocos2D it’s free and a great option
to make 2D games for mobile. In terms of ease of use, Corona uses a simple
scripting language called lua, and also has a great community with a lot of tutorials. Corona has a very intuitive interface and
is great for beginners who want to start learning about game development. One other great thing about Corona is that
it has its own marketplace where you can buy assets, and plugins that help you with things
like analytics and monetization. Some popular Corona titles are:
Gunman Taco Truck HoPiKo and Designer City There you have it – 4 game engines that you
can use to make commercial games completely for free. Between Corona, Cocos2D, Godot or Lumberyard,
you should be covered to make any type of game you can imagine! Want to make mobile puzzle game? A retro platformer? A 3D adventure? An interactive novel? How about a Battle Royale game? These engines have you covered! Now let’s talk about two popular engines that
are free to use for certain circumstances – and depending on your situation may be a
way for you to use world class engine technology for no cost. Both are fully-featured and free for beginners
and hobbyists. We’ll go over the licenses of each, and
let you know how you can use each one to create and even sell games for free! The first engine on this list, is also one
of our favourites – Unity! Unity might be the most flexible of the bunch. With Unity you can create 2D and 3D games. You can release games on PC, Mac, Mobile,
and console – including the beloved Nintendo Switch! In terms of ease of use, Unity does have a
very user-friendly, drag and drop interface, but it would be wise to learn C# to get the
most out of the engine. Another great thing is that Unity has its
own asset store filled with 3d models, animations, tools, plugins and more. We love Unity because its quick to prototype
with and you can get setup very quickly. So how can you use it for free. Use the Unity Personal license. With the Personal license you can create and
distribute games given any of the following conditions:
You work for a company that earned less than USD $100,000 in the previous fiscal year (including
funds raised). You are hobbyist and not using Unity for commercial
work Or you’re a freelancer that earned less
than USD $100,000 in the previous fiscal year Some of our favourite or most anticipated
games that have been made with Unity include: Lara Croft Go Cuphead Harold Halibut Unruly Heroes and In the Valley of the Gods And last, but not least on our list, is Unreal
Engine. Unreal Engine is the cream of the crop when
it comes to performance. Teams use Unreal to make high-end triple A,
3D-titles. While it’s definitely not a beginner’s
engine, it’s the engine you want to use if you have your sights set on creating a
AAA experience. Unreal supports an impressive array of functionality
right out of the box, and is particularly strong in developing high quality visuals. Unreal alsp has a huge developer community
and an extensive plugin and content marketplace to help you along the way. So how do you use Unreal Engine for free? Well it’s free off the bat! You only start paying for Unreal when you
begin generating over $3000 per quarter. Some amazing Unreal Engine games include:
Astroneer Ruiner Jump Stars and Extinction There you have it! Six game engines in total that cover anything
you’d ever want to make! These free engines, along with the graphics
and audio applications that we talked about in our previous video on great free development
software, are everything you need to start making games TODAY – for no cost! All you need is a great game idea, the follow
through to design it, and the commitment to learn. Good luck on your gamedev journey! Thanks for watching! We are Ask Gamedev and we make videos on games,
the game industry and more! If you like our content, please subscribe. Which of these engines will you try? Leave us a note in the comments, and let’s
chat about it. Till then, see you next week AG community!

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  1. If you want to learn more about Game Engines – check out these other Ask GameDev Videos:

    The best game engines in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vwCU_ooTCY
    Best engines that don't require coding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xGU0Cqv-J4
    Best 2d Game Engines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTrJYZxaaN8

  2. I'm quite sure that "Godot" is supposed to be pronounced "goh-DOE", like the absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, "Waiting for Godot". Hearing you guys say, "go dot" is absolutely painful.

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