A hot trend currently on the Silicon Valley has become game development, many people have always dreamt about creating their own games, tampering with them, adding new levels, and with current technology each individual can create their own custom game! Currently there are two platforms that dominate the market, one is Unity, amazing graphics, amazing experience, and the other one is the Unreal Engine, who competes with Unity on very high lengths. What are the differences between the two, what does each one of them present for the user, basically their pros and cons, read more to find out!
When looking at the statistics, Unity is on a huge lead when comparing to unreal, about 48% of the entire market uses Unity, that is more than five million users, and only 14% use the Unreal one. But that does not mean one is better than the other, so let us examine them thoroughly. But which one is the correct one to use, which is easier, which has more features and more promising game data? But that can be asked only if you want to develop games, because the platforms can be used for various purposes. The next question is if you want to create a three dimensional game or a two dimensional one, or one which involves both, for instance different levels have different dimensions. Maybe your first game is going to be a simple puzzle or a game like Tetris, maybe you want to create an FPS (First Person Shooter), maybe you want the it for personal use or you want to launch the game on the App Store, or Google Play Store? What income do you want to have if any, will there be any advertisement in your game? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before deciding which one is the correct one for you. Fortunately, both engines have gone really long lengths in making their development platforms good for any user, easy to use, with many tutorials on the net.
Unity is very flexible and most users can adapt to it very easily, thus it’s a good platform for a normal PC, it also has a huge fan base, and supporting system, it also has a good education base on the app store, and most importantly tools like C# which is perfect for any game developer with some knowledge concerning the topic, it also gives them the opportunity to be flexible. On the other hand, Unreal Engine is better for people who do not want to do too much coding and hard work. The UE gives you an opportunity to completely modify your workspace, optimize it, you can manipulate the levels, but the main difference between UE and Unity is the fact that Unity is more of a professional platform, gives more opportunities to tweak with everything, but that requires information about coding, which requires prior learning, on the other hand Unreal Engine already gives you premade maps with UI’s, even weapons if you want, it even gives you your own racing track already completely customized, but the main problem is, you have to work with the given details, the given platforms, and that is why Unity and UE are different. Mobile games on the other hand are completely different, Unity is the best in that field as most mobile games have been created using Unity, and also it provides better 2D features than unreal does, but the competition did not die with that, Unreal is on the rise with new strong 2D features.
A huge change has been done in the language which is being used for scripting at Unreal Engine 4. UE ran on the UnrealScript, this is not something common in the scripting society and the finally replaced that old system with C++, in the newer version, the Unreal Engine 4. Also their blueprint’s have significantly changed, as you may have already known one of the differences between unreal and unity are the blueprints. It is also important to not the fact that UE4 only gives the opportunity to release games for new generation consoles, but the old ones are not an opportunity anymore for UE4 developers. Price is also something important when deciding which platform is the correct one for you, Unreal engine required about twenty dollars per month per month and five percent off any sales from your product, but now they provide the product completely free but the five percent still remains. Unity is also free is you use the personal edition, but the professional one is 75 dollars per month, and the professional one is needed to be bought if you are going to sell your product on the market or download unity made plugins.
There are several other factors one needs to take into account before using an engine, and one of them is learning. Both are good at teaching the user by using various tutorials. Unreal has a great written text which can be very helpful for the user with various screenshots, Unity on the other hand has many videos on their website which basically covers all the topics needed for professional development. Graphics on the unreal engine is better than the unity 5’s graphics, more shadows, terrain graphics, but at the same time Unity 5 gives the opportunity for the user to have better tools which allow better graphics, but here, unreal wins. Unity provides more opportunities for users as the use C#, and most game developers use exactly that. Unreal engine on the other hand provides blueprints which can help create the entire game, no need for extra coding, but blueprints are not easy.
As a conclusion, both are very good game development kits, and both are absolutely free for the user. The best decision would be downloading both and seeing which is better for you, but it is important to take into account the fact that UE is not the best for 2D games, use Unity for that.