Why Unreal Engine 4?
Here we cover why Unreal Engine 4 is a great game engine for Indie developers and why we recommend it.
Make something Unreal

So why is Unreal Engine a good choice?

Big company

Unreal Engine is owned by Epic games which is a huge company valued at over 29 billion USD. It has over 1500 employees and was founded back in 1991. This is great to know because this means that if you devote your time in mastering Unreal, your time, effort and gained knowledge will mosty likely still be valuable and usable 10-20 years from now since Epic games is ever expanding and improving it's technology. This is just overall good to know when you invest your time in studying a game engine.
Besides that, Unreal engines is also used by great AAA quality games such as Fortnite, Sea of Thieves, Ark Survival Evolved, Starwars Jedi: Fallen order, Gears of war 5, Final fantasy, and even reputable companies like Nintendo use Unreal Engine for it's development of Yoshi's crafted world. This makes clear that Unreal Engine is a great and reliable tool appreciated by big game companies. Besides Unreal Engine being a game engine it is also vastly used by other industries such as the Film & television industry, Disney for instance used it in the production of the Mandolorian. Besides Disney using Unreal Engine for in the film production industry, it is also used by Architectural, Automotive and many more industry branches such as for instance Oil companies using UE4 for operating remote controlled submarines.
Unreal Engine is simply a complete suite of creation tools for developing everything from independent hits to blockbuster franchises. As an established, industry-leading solution, Unreal Engine delivers uncompromised quality and proven performance that you can trust.

Any project, any size

Whether your team is made up of just you, a team of 5 or 500 developers, Unreal Engine’s pre-built, modular systems, customizable plugins, and source control integration empower you to meet each project’s unique needs.

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 a community with a shared passion for creation and a commitment to achieving excellence.

Some key features to appreciate in Unreal Engine 4

With designer-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. Visualize gameplay flow and inspect properties while testing your work using the powerful built-in debugger.
Unreal Engine includes many (easy to use/understand) systems and frameworks for handling common gameplay elements, including AI, physics, user interfaces, camera management, and input. Overall the engine is well structured and once you understand how the framework is put together it is easy to create epic interactive experiences using UE4.
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 compelling multiplayer experiences. Unreal Engine ships with a scalable and proven client/server architecture out of the box to bring instant viability to any project’s multiplayer component.
Unreal Engine's rendering system is the core of its industry-leading visuals for designing interactive real-time experiences. Here, you'll learn about the features, concepts, and tools used to design and develop your projects that can scale from cinematic film and television quality to next-gen console and mobile platforms with remarkable fidelity.
With Unreal Engine, you can deliver content on a comprehensive range of desktop, console, and mobile platforms, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs; PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch; and iOS and Android mobile devices.

Some other handy tools/features to appreciate

  • Marketplace ecosystem The Unreal Engine Marketplace has thousands of high-quality assets and plugins to accelerate production and bring new functionality to your work. Access new environments, characters, animations, textures, props, sound and visual effects, music tracks, Blueprints, middleware integration plugins, add-on tools, and full starter kits. Millions of dollars' worth of content is freely available in the Marketplace, with even more content available for purchase.