If you are a game developer and want to include some high-quality assets to your game, this is a good news for you. Epic has released more than US$12 million worth of Paragon assets for free!
Epic Games ever tried to compete in MOBA scene with Paragon. It released the pay to play early access back in 2016, and then rolled out the open beta in February 2017. Unfortunately, due to the decreasing of the users (and also because Fortnite is way more popular), Epic Games decided to shut down Paragon‘s server on April 26.
The cancelation of Paragon surely makes some gamers disappointed. But for game developers around the world, this also creates a new opportunity. In Game Developer Conference (GDC) 2018 that was held in San Francisco this week, Epic Games announced that it is now releasing the Paragon assets for free.
It means game developers (specifically who uses Unreal Engine) around the world can use the assets to enrich their game now without paying any fee or subscription. Epic Games states that the assets are worth more than US$12 million, ranging from character to environment assets.
Characters, environments and more!
Here’s the free Paragon asset pack content according to the Unreal Engine official blog.
- Characters: 20 Paragon characters will be initially available including all skins for distinct character variants. The release also includes base meshes, thousands of textures, VFX and animation cycles, and dialogue with hundreds of sound cues. The character Shinbi comes with an animation Blueprint which can be tailored to specific needs. Epic sends special thanks to OTOY and 3D Scan Store for granting permission to keep intact the high-quality character materials using their facial and body scanning technologies as part of this release.
- Environments: The Paragon release includes over 1,500 environment assets created for the Agora and Monolith maps, including a sample map for developers to use and customize as desired.
- More to Come: Epic will release millions of dollars worth of additional Paragon asset packs beyond the initial $12 million offering through spring and summer 2018.
Surely this is a great move by Epic Games. By doing this, they are not only helping the developers community to enrich the game, but also keep the game content alive -in another form. It also opens the possibilities to gain more users for the Unreal Engine. In the end, more high-quality Unreal Engine games will appear in the future.
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Head to the Unreal Engine official website to read more about this initiative.
Edited by Devi