If you are considering trying your hand at game development or you have been at it for a while but don’t really like the current software that you are using, today is your lucky day. We are going to discuss, in brief, some of the best game development engines available that you can get started on right away. Many of them vary quite a lot in complexity and ease of use, and some charge a fee whilst others are free. One thing that they all have in common, however, is that they have been used to create AAA titles that have helped the developers earn plenty of money.
Real Engine 4
The first game development engine that we would like to discuss is Real Engine 4. This engine has been around for a while now and the number of resources that have been developed for it is astounding. Using this engine you would never have to do any of your own coding because all the elements that you could possibly ever want already exist! Another reason to choose this engine is that to use it in its entirety is completely free while you experiment and learn. The catch is that you pay a royalty when and if your game goes into production, but the fee is quite fair.
CryEngine is another one that deserves plenty of attention. The company is now on version V and has long been at the forefront of the industry. CryEngine is a tool that we have used ourselves and we can attest to the user-friendly interface. Like Real Engine, CryEngine also has more resources that have been created for it than you could ever want. Not only would you never have to code to get the perfect game going for yourself, but there are no royalties to pay, making this a perfect platform for you if you are expecting to make any considerable amount of money from a project.
Unity3D is probably one of our favourites as it makes game development possible for pretty much any type of device you can imagine. This is one engine that almost every developer in the industry would be familiar with on some level, and that is largely due to the fact that there is a fully functional free version that makes learning the ropes a little easier.