Today Amazon has launched a new, free game engine named Lumberyard. This software is capable of building triple-A games for PCs, current-gen console games (PS4 an Xbox One), mobile devices and VR platforms. Lumberyard is free for download and use, Amazon does not intend to charge any kind of subscription fee, but intends to make back its money selling several additional web services to developers. Also the company says that support for Android, Mac, Linux, iOS and the Oculus Rift are “coming soon.”
Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for you to create the highest-quality games, connect your games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch
Lumberyard is “deeply integrated” with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, and also with Twitch its video game-focused streaming service (Back in 2014 Amazon bought Twitch for $970 million). Its visual technology is based on Crytek’s CryEngine. Amazon got “full, unencumbered access to the technology” to build upon, according to Mike Frazzini, vice president of Amazon Games, after it licensed the German studio’s engine.
The game engine makes available all tools necessary at your fingertips to create an outstanding game; “A full-featured editor, native code performance, stunning visuals, and hundreds of other features like performant networking, character and animation editors, particle editor, cloth physics, UI editor, audio tools, weather effects, flocking AI, perception handling, camera frameworks, path finding, and more. You also have full access to Amazon Lumberyard source code, making it easy to customize the technology to create differentiated game-play”. For details you can check Lumberyard’s launch site.
Developers just got a new tool to play with…
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