IDV, the makers of SpeedTree have announced the availability of their Modeler for $19 a month, for Unreal Engine 4 subscribed users. Considering their full licenses range from $500 - $5000, this looks like a pretty sweet deal. Just note that there is no way to import your vegetation and render in Maya, as this particular licensing is set up for UE4 subscribers only and thus, works with that pipeline only. Check out the video with the IDV devs and Epic (it's actually a nice video with normal guys talking).
From the SpeedTree Blog:
We’ve received a lot of questions and comments and I wanted to post a few clarifying points about our offering to UE4 subscribers:
We’re offering the Modeler at $19/month. This is a separate charge from Epic’s $19/month + 5% royalty. There is no one-time fee / permanent license offering at this time, but if that’s something you’re interested in, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For SpeedTree for UE4 Subscription users, we do not charge any sort of royalty, per platform fees, or per-title fees. You can use your license for any number of titles or platforms.
We will also offer tree models specifically for UE4 users at speedtree.com and eventually the Unreal Marketplace. Each species is packed with content. Pricing is still in flux, but they will be less than the $49 models we offer to visual effects artists.
There were questions about using this license for non-UE4 applications. Importing and rendering in Maya for example. This license is intended for use for UE4 Subscription only and works with that pipeline only. There are no other export options.
SpeedTree for UE4 Subscription is intended for UE4 Subscription users only. Those users with a traditional or custom UE4 license should contact email@example.com to obtain a SpeedTree license.
During the broadcast, I made an offer to get early subscriptions of the Modeler to folks who wanted to start before UE 4.3 is available. To reiterate, this is not immediately available but we predict it will be soon and in advance of the UE 4.3 release. SpeedTree for UE4 Subscription will be available to everyone when UE 4.3 is released.
The Modeler will cease to function at the end of your subscription term, but any trees you create with it or buy at the SpeedTree Store will continue to operate in UE4 indefinitely.
We will be releasing new tutorials, but here are several on the Modeler to get you started.
If you’d like to be added to our UE4 Subscription announcement list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While SpeedTree won’t meet everyone’s vegetation needs, we hope you’ll give it a shot. We are very excited about offering a subscription model along side our good friends at Epic Games!