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Ether One Dev ‘Hoping’ to Release Unreal Engine 4 Version for Free For Existing Owners

Earlier in 2014 indie developer White Paper Games announced that it would be bringing its popular virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure title Ether One to Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, having originally been released on the Unreal Development Kit (UDK). The new version of the title will be rereleased on PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). But what about fans that already purchased the title? Will they have to pay for it again?

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VRFocus put that question to White Paper Games’ Pete Bottomley at the EGX event in London last month. “So I can’t confirm anything yet because we can’t confirm what the situation will be,” Bottomley explained. “But what I’m hoping, and I’ve spoken to the licencing at Epic Games and they seem to think this is an okay thing to do, but we’re hoping to just give it away for free on Unreal Engine 4 for people that already bought it. We’re not going to try and charge people for a game that they already have.

“And then whether we by default start selling the Unreal Engine 4 version on Steam, I’m not sure because it might override people’s UDK saves and stuff like that. Anyway that’s complicated stuff. I’m hoping it will be easy once we get there but we’re not planning on charging for anyone that’s already got the game,” he concluded. Ether One is also coming to PlayStation 4, although its doubtful White Paper Games would be able to offer a similar deal on an entirely different platform.

Ether One is a first-person experience in which players enter the mind of a mentally handicapped patient and attempt to restore it. White Paper Games hopes to be nearing completion of the Unreal Engine 4 version by Christmas 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s development, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.