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Alternatives to Unreal Engine

Unity, Blender, Godot, three.js, and Phaser are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Unreal Engine.
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What is Unreal Engine and what are its top alternatives?

It is a game engine that helps you make games. It is made up of several components that work together to drive the game. Its massive system of tools and editors allows you to organize your assets and manipulate them to create the gameplay for your game.
Unreal Engine is a tool in the Game Development category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Unreal Engine

  • Unity
    Unity

    Unity is the ultimate game development platform. Use Unity to build high-quality 3D and 2D games, deploy them across mobile, desktop, VR/AR, consoles or the Web, and connect with loyal and enthusiastic players and customers. ...

  • Blender
    Blender

    It is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. ...

  • Godot
    Godot

    It is an advanced, feature-packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D open source game engine. It is developed by hundreds of contributors from all around the world. ...

  • three.js
    three.js

    It is a cross-browser JavaScript library and Application Programming Interface used to create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser. ...

  • Phaser
    Phaser

    It is a free open source HTML5 game framework. It uses Pixi.js for WebGL and Canvas rendering across desktop and mobile web browsers. Games can be compiled to iOS and Android apps via 3rd party tools. ...

  • Ninject
    Ninject

    It is a lightning-fast, ultra-lightweight dependency injector for .NET applications. It helps you split your application into a collection of loosely-coupled, highly-cohesive pieces, and then glue them back together in a flexible manner. By using it to support your software's architecture, your code will become easier to write, reuse, test, and modify. ...

  • pygame
    pygame

    It is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It includes computer graphics and sound libraries designed to be used with the Python programming language. ...

  • Cocos2D-X
    Cocos2D-X

    Cocos2d-x is an open-source and cross-platform open source free 2D game engine for mobile game development known for its speed, stability, and ease of use ...

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Unity

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Unity brings state-of-the-art, affordable multiplatform tools and services to developers of interactive content everywhere.
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PROS OF UNITY
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    Because it's a powerful engine, you can build anything
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    C# language
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    Very Popular
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    Easy to Use
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    Cross Platform
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    He Has A Free VErsion
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    2nd Game Engine In The World
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    Very Large Showcase
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    Good Choise
CONS OF UNITY
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    Clunky UI
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    Closed source
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    Hard to get started with
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    No consistency with updates
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    Requires to build a lot of tools
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    Gigantic by being 9gb (thats what setup says)

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We already have an existing 3d interactive application for windows, mac, and iOS devices and have planned to move that app to the web for high availability to different types of users. I have been searching for different options for it. Our existing application is made in Unity so we prefer to work on unity webgl but it also has its drawbacks. Other than that we are also thinking to change the tech stack to three.js or BabylonJS due to their high compatibility with the web ecosystem. I want to know which engine/library/framework we should use for the development of our 3d web application. Also with unity webgl, we want to develop all UI parts in web technologies only and will use the unity3d for 3d part only.

Points that are very important to consider - 1. Memory optimization and allocation 2. Quality 3. Shaders 4. Materials 5. Lighting 6. Mesh editing, mesh creation at runtime 7. Ar 8. Vr 10. Support on different browsers including mobile browsers 11. Physics(gravity, collision, cloth simulation, etc.) 12. Initial load time 13. Speed and performance 14. Max vertices count. What happens when we load models exceeding max vertex count? 15. Development time 16. Learning curve (Unity3d we already working on) 17. Ease of use. What artists can do using any platform eg. in unity3d, artists can edit materials, set up lighting etc? 18. Future scope 19. Scalability 20. Integration with web ecosystem

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Blender

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Open Source 3D computer graphics software
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PROS OF BLENDER
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    Free for Commercial and Personal Use
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    Layers
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    Usable For Graphic Design
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    Dozens of free addons, courses and an active community
CONS OF BLENDER
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    Long Render Time (every 3d program ever)
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    Confusing UI and shortcut navigation for newcomers
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    Blender dropped the game engine, see UPBGE

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Godot

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Free and open source 2D and 3D game engine
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PROS OF GODOT
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    Open source
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    Easy to port
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    Avaible on Steam For Free
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    Cross-Platform
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    Supports both C++, C# and GDScript
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    Simple
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    GDScript is Based On Python
CONS OF GODOT
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    Harder to learn
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    Performance in 3D
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    Need opengl 2.1 / 3.3
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    Somewhat poor 3D performance and lacks automatic LODs

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      We already have an existing 3d interactive application for windows, mac, and iOS devices and have planned to move that app to the web for high availability to different types of users. I have been searching for different options for it. Our existing application is made in Unity so we prefer to work on unity webgl but it also has its drawbacks. Other than that we are also thinking to change the tech stack to three.js or BabylonJS due to their high compatibility with the web ecosystem. I want to know which engine/library/framework we should use for the development of our 3d web application. Also with unity webgl, we want to develop all UI parts in web technologies only and will use the unity3d for 3d part only.

      Points that are very important to consider - 1. Memory optimization and allocation 2. Quality 3. Shaders 4. Materials 5. Lighting 6. Mesh editing, mesh creation at runtime 7. Ar 8. Vr 10. Support on different browsers including mobile browsers 11. Physics(gravity, collision, cloth simulation, etc.) 12. Initial load time 13. Speed and performance 14. Max vertices count. What happens when we load models exceeding max vertex count? 15. Development time 16. Learning curve (Unity3d we already working on) 17. Ease of use. What artists can do using any platform eg. in unity3d, artists can edit materials, set up lighting etc? 18. Future scope 19. Scalability 20. Integration with web ecosystem

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      I want a advice on what to use as a beginner three.js or WebGL?

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      Phaser

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          No GUI

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        Ninject

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        The ninja of .net dependency injectors
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            pygame

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            PROS OF PYGAME
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              Easy to install
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              Simple
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              Lightweigt by only being 12 mb
            CONS OF PYGAME
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              Has only 2d
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              Slow

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            Cocos2D-X

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            PROS OF COCOS2D-X
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              CONS OF COCOS2D-X
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                Popular only in Asia
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                Based on Chinese
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                No Multiple Languages
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                Not Popular in itch.io and in Steam
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                Very poor system
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                No GUI
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                Bad Windows Performance

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