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Name Titan Unreal Unity
Developed Since 2000 1995 2002
Developer Esenthel

Country:
New Zealand
Poland

Notes:
  • Friendly and Professional
Epic Games

Country:
USA
40% owned by China Tencent

Notes:
  • As required by China law, all Chinese companies are controlled by: Chinese Communist Party
  • Manipulates its Marketplace reviews by deleting negative reviews (1 2 and many more) - "you just can NOT trust a single word Epic says"
  • Protects bad developers selling broken and unusable assets, that instead of fixing critical problems, block their customers and run away with their money
  • Bribes developers into releasing games locked to their Game Store limiting consumer choice
  • Signed a legal developer agreement with Apple and Google, then driven by greed intentionally broke it - "Epic is after tremendous monetary gain and wealth.. Google says Epic had no intention of actually complying with its agreement with Google. According to Epic's own documents, the plan was simple: 'if we are rejected for only offering Epic's payment solution, the battle begins'"
  • Tried to make the other party as the bad guy - "if Google dropped its service fee, Epic would pass on those cost reductions to users. These statements were intended to villainize and harm Google, while distracting from Epic's breach"
  • Used deception - "Specialized engineers and an in-house information security team attempted to hack the code to ensure that Google (and Apple) could not 'reveal the intent' of the hotfix when it was submitted"
  • Runs a fake grants program, that's actually just a show about how "good" the company is, where it rewards a "popular" choice completely ignoring other developers with similar talent and potential, thus promoting unfairness, inequality and favoritism

Overwhelmingly Negative customer reviews:

Employee reviews:
  • Source: Glassdoor
  • "Our CEO and COO have shifted aggressively toward valuing the money in their individual pockets over the quality of life of their entire employee base.. They genuinely just don't care about anyone but themselves.."
  • "It's no longer the small game studio that cares about its people. It has grown so large you are just a cog in the machine and easily replaced"
  • "They work you to death I was working 60 hours getting paid for 40"
  • "I've never seen a place mistreating women so poorly. From the serious sexual harassment that constantly happens (DAILY) at work"
  • "Immoral managers, toxic environment, mobbing, run by incompetent high school dropouts"
  • "Worst job I've ever had"
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Unity Technologies

Country:
Denmark
USA

Notes:
  • Friendly and Professional
Cost Free to make Games and Apps 5% royalty after 1 mln$ revenue free < 100k$ revenue
399$/year 100k$-200k$ revenue
1,800$/year > 200k$ revenue
Can make and sell your own game engines Yes 15% royalty No No
Source Code available Yes Registration Required 1,800$/year
Zero Known Bugs Yes. Even if bugs appear they're always fixed ASAP and in most cases within a day. No No
Super Optimized Yes, every single part of the Engine and Editor has been written with highest performance and minimal memory usage in mind, there were no cut corners. All of this results in fast startup, load times, compile times, responsive Editor, which can be verified on this page. No No
Engine Compile Time Debug ~23 seconds
Release ~45 seconds
"depending on your system's specifications, it may take between 10 and 40 minutes to compile the engine" ? (1,800$/year)
Supported Platforms
Windows Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Yes Yes Yes
Mac Yes Yes Yes
Linux Yes Yes Yes
Android Yes Yes Yes
iOS Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Switch Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation No Yes Yes
Editor
Disk Usage 1.16 GB
37.8 GB
4.18 GB
Startup Time Instant
17+ seconds
19+ seconds
Can be Fullscreen Yes, F11 key, or F12 for Video Options
Partial (can't hide title and menu bar), Shift+F11
No
Clutter free UI Yes, Editor UI was carefully designed to maximize your workspace
No
No
Easy Access to Video Options Yes, F12
No No
Scalable UI Yes, Video Options (F12)
No Yes, restart required
Basic Operations - Rename, Move, Delete Instant
Super Slow
Reasonable with minor slow downs
Importing Assets Super Fast
Super Slow
Unintuitive and Slow
Importing Package Super Fast
Buggy and Slow
Slow
Project Disk Usage for 1 model and 14 4K textures 204 MB
462 MB
552 MB
Real-time Collaborative Development Yes
No No
Auto LOD Generator Yes
Yes, but Demon lost his teeth
No
Material Texture Downsize with real-time preview Yes
No No
Creating Material Atlas Yes
No No
Trash Bin Yes, can remove elements and restore them later
No No
Selective Publishing Yes, can keep elements in the Project but disable them from being published in the final game package
No No
Programming
Language Improved and Simplified C++ (Code Editor) C++, Blueprint C#
Code Editor
(IDE)
Visual Studio, Xcode, NetBeans

Integrated Code Editor:
  • Write code directly in Engine's Editor
  • Powerful Auto-Complete
  • Headerless Programming (write code just once, without duplicating it to headers)
  • No need for Header Files, Forward Declarations or Class Rearrangement
  • Jump to Definition
  • Find All References
  • View Mode showing only function names and hiding their implementation
  • Integration with Project Assets (3D preview in codes, jump to/open Asset, insert Asset ID with Auto-Complete)
  • many more
Visual Studio
Integrated Blueprint Editor
Visual Studio
Visual Studio Code
JetBrains Rider
Editor Network Interface Yes
  • Sending Commands to the Editor from custom made Applications
  • Programatic access to Project Elements
  • Programatic access to World Terrain and Objects
No No
Rendering
API DirectX 11/10, OpenGL DirectX 12/11, Vulkan, Metal, OpenGL DirectX 12/11, Vulkan, Metal, OpenGL
Physically Based Rendering Yes
Yes
Yes, but everything looks unnaturally shiny/metallic
Rendering with 64-bit (double precision) for Matrix positions to support huge Worlds/Scenes Yes No No
Bump Mapping High Quality
High Quality, but slower shader
Low Quality
Upscaling Linear
Cubic
FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR/EASU)
Temporal Super Resolution (TSR)
Linear
Cubic
Temporal Super Resolution (TSR) - not yet available, in beta only
Linear
Temporal Super Resolution (TSR) Yes


Yes, but blocky with noticeable loss in detail, and not yet available, in beta only

No
Sub-Surface Scattering No Yes Yes
Ambient Occlusion

Reference Precalculated Per-Vertex with Ray Tracing
Yes
Yes, but formula looks wrong
Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
MSAA Yes No No
FXAA Yes Yes Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
SMAA Yes No Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
Temporal AA Yes
Yes, but everything looks super blurry
Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
Eye Adaptation Yes Yes Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
Motion Blur Yes
Yes, but can see lines/artifacts on legs
Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
Bloom, Emissive, Glow Yes, separate control of emissive (focused light) and glow (blurred light)
Yes, but no separate control of glow (blurred light)
Yes, but no option to boost emissive or to control glow
Depth of Field Yes
Yes
Yes, but no option was found in the Editor
Screen Space Reflection No Yes Yes
Physics
Engine PhysX, Bullet PhysX, Chaos PhysX, Box2D
Cloth Simulation Not at the moment
There was an implementation for older version of PhysX however it's not yet updated and had to be disabled
Yes
Yes
Destruction System Yes, but very limited
Yes, but in beta
No
Animation
Root Motion Yes Yes Yes
Inverse Kinematics No Yes Yes
Other
Project Data Compression for Publishing in Editor LZ4, Zstd, LZHAM, LZMA
Just a command line
LZ4
Compression Libraries for use in your codes LZ4, Zstd, LZHAM, LZMA, Zlib, Snappy, RLE - all have a single unified API integrated with File class, raw data or with headers LZ4, Zlib, Gzip - only simple memory to memory compression without File class integration, raw data only (requiring additional storage of compression algorithm and original uncompressed data size) None
Project Data Encryption for Publishing in Editor 3 Fast and Secure permutation based ciphers (seekable/with random access) with no effect on patching
AES, 2-3x slower than Esenthel Cipher1, requires 16-byte alignment (which will increase data size 0-15 bytes per file and slow down seeking/random access), and negatively affects patching
None
Encryption for use in your codes 3 Fast and Secure permutation based ciphers (seekable/with random access),
AES
AES None
Hash CRC32, xxHash, SpookyHash, MetroHash, MD5, SHA1, SHA2-256 - memory and File class, all have a single unified API CRC32, xxHash, CityHash, MD5, SHA1 - only memory SpookyHash
Image Resize Nearest, Linear, Cubic, Cubic+, Waifu2x
Linear
None
Steam Integration Yes Yes No
Xbox Live Integration Yes No No
Facebook Integration Yes No No
SQL Integration SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL No No
Sky Night Light Filter Yes
It has been scientifically proven that blue light interrupts sleep, if you work at your projects late night, it's best to avoid it. While there might be filters already in the Operating System, they will affect the entire screen, however there might be cases where you just want to affect the sky and still have the rest of your colors correct.
No No
3D Formats
FBX Yes Yes Yes
Image Formats
BMP, PNG, JPG, TGA, PSD Yes Yes Yes
WEBP (best lossless) Yes No No
TIF Yes No Yes
Audio Codecs
Wav Yes Yes Yes
Opus (best lossy) Yes No No
Vorbis Yes No Yes
Flac (best lossless) Yes No No
MP3 Yes No Yes
Comparison is only for features bundled in the engine, which are ready to use without need of any extra plugins,
and only for public/stable engine versions and not beta/in-development.
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