Hi! Sutorcen here. Besides our tutorials there are tons of free resources out there. Well free is not always that simple and not always really free. Don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. After months of testing and using many sites here is a list with the best free resources and information in my humble opinion. The list will be checked for dead links every few weeks and will be updated whenever I find something new and exciting. For friends reading this list I must apologize beforehand if I forgot to mention someone.

 

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Entries with an * at the beginning denote the latest additions to the list

 

Modelling and Sculpting tools:

 

Sympligon – the most popular LOD generation tool. Now it’s completely free. Link

blender – the best free 3D modelling and animation tool out there. Link

MeshLab – an open source system for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes. Link

Wings 3D – an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. Link

fragMOTION – a 3D modeler used for the creation and animation of characters. Link

Sculptris – (from the makers of ZBrush) a free to use sculpting tool. Link

MakeHuman – a free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans. Link

TerreSculptor – a hightmap editing software, similar to World Machine but free. Link

L3DT – a Windows application for generating terrain maps and textures. Link

Tree It – an easy to use real time 3d tree generator. Link

RoadKill UV Tool – a free application that unwraps your models. Link

The Pinocchio library – an experimental application for automatic character rigging with mocap data. Link

Autodesk FBX Converter – a tool to quickly convert OBJ/DXF/DAE/3DS files to an FBX format file. Link

Tinkercad – an easy, browser-based 3D design and modeling tool for all. Link

*SketchUp – free and easy 3D creation tool. Link

*ngPlant – open Source plant modeling suite. Link

*Arbaro – tree generation for povray. Link

 

Models:

 

BlendSwap – a community of blender artists that share their work under creative commons licenses. Link

CG Trader Link

Share CG Link

PinShape – not game oriented per se but still a source for 3D models. Link

*Nobiax – 3D assets, textures, plants, environmental objects and more. Link

 

Texturing Tools:

 

Online Texture Generator. Link

Online Normal Generator. Link

free assets and tools for all Substance apps. Link

xNormal – an application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. Link

Handplane – a full baking tool with export settings for most game engines. Link

Wood Workshop – a free texture editor that specializes in the creation of seamless wood textures. Link

 

Imaging Tools:

 

Krita – image editor and painting program. Link

Gimp – image editor and painting program. Link

IrfanView – the Swiss army knife of media files processing. Link

SpaceScape – create a skybox to dress your space scenes. Link

 

Free resources from the Unreal Engine 4 community:

 

Luos – free rocks and caves. Link

Hourences – tutorials, books and more. Link

Tom Looman – Unreal Engine 4 resources, tutorials and experiments. Link

Elhoussine Mehnik – Unreal Engine 4 game templates and more. Link

Orfeas Eleftheriou – C++ Tutorials and more. Link

StormGS – a plethora of models,material and other assets. Link

SeJonF – A regenerative Health/Shield system (models and blueprints). Link

PolyPixel – freebie pack a modern urban environment. Link

Dave Watts – some free Models.  Link

Hevedy – PurpleprintKit for Unreal Engine 4. Link

 

UE4 Community Projects:

 

Learning Resources by eXi. Link

WIP Weather & Ocean Water Shader. Link
Material Function – World Aligned Texture/Normal With offset & Rotation. Link
A.I. Templates – Bot, Car and Flying AI. Link
Full Game Jam project. Link

Procedural Rope Bridge. Link

More content and projects can be found on the UE4 forums. Link

 

Animations & Motion capturing:

 

Motion Capture Database. Over 2500 free human motion BVH files. Link

*MotCap.com – free motion capture, bip, bvh animations. Link

 

Textures:

 

Textures.com – formerly known as CG Textures. Link

 

Audio and Sound Tools/Resources:

 

Audacity – a free audio editor. Link

Garage Band – (Mac only) free, complete music composing tool. Link

Bfxr – 8bit online sound FX generator. Link

Freesound.org – a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Link

FreeSFX – free sounds and SFX. Link

99Sounds – free sound effects. Link

*Sounimage.org – free Music, Sound Effects and Images for Your Projects by Eric Matyas. Link

 

Special FX:

 

*Luos Arts – special effects for Unreal Engine 4. Link

 

2D Assets:

 

Glitch the Game – original post mortem assets. Link

David Hellman – original assets from the game Braid. Link

Backyard Ninja Design – various art assets. Link

*Toke Game Art – free 2D art. Link

 

YouTube Channels:

 

Unreal Engine Official YouTube channel. Link

Allegorithmic Official YouTube channel – Everything Substance related. Link

GDC Official YouTube channel – Inside the world of game development. Link

Virtus Learning Hub YouTube channel – Tutorials for almost everything game dev related. Link

Tesla Dev YouTube channel – Unreal Engine 4 tutorials. Link

Blender Guru YouTube channel – A great place to learn about blender and 3D modeling in general. Link

Jay AnAm YouTube channel – Tutorials for Unreal Engine 4, Unity and Blender. Link

Moize Opel YouTube channel – From simple tutorials to complete games tons of videos. Link

 

Publishers, Distribution:

Disclaimer: We haven’t tested the services of the mentioned companies, use at your own risk.

 

*Sony Interactive Entertainment – Partnership Registration. Link

*Microsoft ID@XBOX – indie Developer publishing program for Xbox and Windows 10. Link

*mergegames – an independent video games publisher. Link

*Koch Media – a leading independent video games publisher. Link

*Focus Home Interactive – a French publisher based in Paris. Link

 

Articles:

 

80.LV – Everything game dev related, one of the best sites around. Link

*How to Assemble an Organized and Effective Press Kit. Link

*How to get your video game covered by YouTubers? Link

*Why Your Game Idea Sucks. Link

*The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development. Link

 

Other useful links:

 

*Epic Games – Marketplace Submission Guidelines: Preparing Your Assets. Link

Index of Refraction values (IOR) for use with 3d modeling / rendering and animation applications. Link

IES Lighting Profile Archive – A great resource for IES photometric lighting textures. Link

 

Special thanks to the following contributors:

 

Vaind Staaz

Igor Gebien

 

Last checked and updated: 01.11.2017