After closing down Paragon, Epic makes its assets free-as-in-speech

Ruben Fields
March 20, 2018

Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and as Paragon prepares to wind down for good on April 26, Epic has given the game a new lease on life by releasing its assets into the wild.

According to a post on the Unreal Engine website, "20 AAA-quality characters, with their respective skins, animations, VFX and dialogue, along with over 1,500 environment components from Paragon" are now available for free in the Unreal Engine Marketplace. As for the $12 million figure we assume that's in reference to the time and money spent by Epic on developing the assets for the sadly defunct Paragon.

This is just the beginning though, as more character releases are scheduled. Environment assets now include a sample map to use as a base and over 1,500 objects from the Monolith and Agora maps.

All that development work won't be totally wasted, though, as what Epic says are more than 2 million registered Unreal Engine developers can now use the game's assets "in their own UE4 projects". Class up any game in a matter of minutes by downloading these free gifts and making your game a little more green and luscious.

A sample of the kinds of assets that can be part of your next Unreal Engine project. However, with Paragon, Epic Games will be doing things differently, giving developers free access to all of the game's assets.

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- More to Come: Epic will release millions of dollars worth of additional Paragon asset packs beyond the initial $12 million offering through spring and summer 2018.

What better end than to get free stuff?

"This can be used as a framework for animating the other characters in the Paragon packs".

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