Maybe you’ve already yeehaw-ed your way through 100% completion of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games’ recent western masterpiece; maybe you’ve only seen the in-game screenshots that have been snuck onto r/EarthPorn. Either way, anyone who’s even remotely into gaming knows that RDR2 is unrivaled graphics-wise, which begs an important question: HOW?
Like many other leading gaming companies — Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, to name a couple — Rockstar has made its game engine a proprietary software. (Translation: It isn’t available for us plebian developers to use.) But that doesn’t mean you have to dash your dreams of creating the next RDR2 just yet: There are plenty of game engines out there that are free for anyone to download and use.
One of the most popular options is Unity, a versatile and powerful general-use game engine that’s currently supported on 27 different platforms. Capable of creating both 3D and 2D designs, Unity is fantastic in that it’s got options for developers of all skill levels.
Wanna put your Unity skills on the fast track so you can start bringing your game ideas to life? Simply sign up for the Unity Game Development Bundle, a 37-hour education on the game engine, the price of which you can pick yourself. Here’s how it works: Head over to the Mashable Shop and decide how much you want to spend; you’ll receive lifetime access to the entire bundle if you beat the average price (currently sub-$13). You’ll still get something great even if you pay just $1, but we think you’ll want to shell out a bit more once you see what the bundle contains:
Master Unity Game Development: Ultimate Beginner’s Bootcamp (a $200 value)
Explore the C# (pronounced “C sharp”) programming language as you learn how to use Unity from scratch across 28 lectures and 7 hours of content. By the time you wrap up the course, you’ll have built your own 3D multi-level platformer game and, in turn, mastered concepts like vector math and Object-Oriented Programming.
The Complete HTML5 Mobile Game Development Course (a $199 value)
Augmented Reality Game Development (a $199.99 value)
Even beginners can successfully incorporate AR technologies within their games, and this two-hour course will show you how to do so step by step. Its 12-part training session will demonstrate how to use the ARToolkit library in Unity to make your games mind-blowingly immersive.
Learn Unity AI By Making a Tank Game (a $199.99 value)
This 61-lecture class will teach you how to create a 2D navigational maze game in Unity using A* (pronounced “A star”), a popular pathfinding algorithm that’s commonly used to make characters seem more lifelike. Upon completion, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to apply that component of basic AI to other projects you’re working on.
Learn to Code By Building 6 Games In The Unreal Engine (a $199.99 value)
Packed with all sorts of fun projects that’ll teach you practical (read: employable) skills, this bonus class will introduce you to Unreal, another popular game engine. Throughout nine hours of content, you’ll learn how to code in C++ in Unreal to create simple projects from scratch.
Get the bundle of all five of these courses today simply by beating the average price. Don’t dawdle, though — since this deal has just begun, that average will only go up from here on out.