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New Free Gaming Engine Is On The Horizon

Lumberyard Is Great News for Gamers And Developers

Lauren Messer
New Free Gaming Engine Is On The Horizon© 2017 Amazon GameDev

The world's largest online retailer has some new tricks up their sleeve that gamers and developers are going to love learning about. Earlier this week Amazon announced that it has a new gaming engine available to go along with its wide array of other online services. Lumberyard is a free AAA 3D gaming engine that will allow users to create high-quality games by integrating with Amazon Web Services and utilizing the storage of AWS cloud. The engine aims to allow more people to create simultaneously by taking advantage of the Amazon cloud services already in place, making it easier to spend more time working together on creating a new game instead of concentrating on system infrastructure. 

It's easy and affordable integration for developers and is supported by one of the leading cloud services available. 

If you check out the video below, you'll hear president of Gunfire Games, David Adams, talk about how his team was able to "build a pretty significant multi-player prototype in 3 months with a relatively small team." The gaming engine is full source and is an opportunity for small entrepreneurial groups and big companies to use Amazon's capabilities to create massively connective games. The gaming industry has an opportunity to foster growth for faster creation of video games with an optimized work flow and better technical abilities to achieve improved results on screen. 

Source: Amazon GameDev

According to Amazon Games, Lumberyard is a free game engine that is also integrated with fast-growing live-streaming video platform, Twitch, which means that once developers start creating, they can get feedback from the online community faster and grow their following before the game is even finished. As you might have guessed, this helps developers make changes and improvements in the games, but it also generates an audience sooner which will help publishers with the money side of things when their games are actually released.

The integration of Twitch ChatPlay into gameplay experience will not only enhance the development of a more rich gaming environment, but it will allow game creators to essentially link-in with people directly in the Twitch community, like their favorite broadcaster, while they're making adjustments. Imagine being able to tune in and see the evolution of a new game through something like an easy to understand flow chart. Amazon's new platform integration with Twitch is poised to make this online gaming community expand even further.

Users can create characters and content that can be immediately tested without leaving the editor.

Developers will love many of the authoring tools that Lumberyard has to offer. The visuals technology that is available includes robust tools like physically based shaders, a particle effects editor and film-like features such as motion blur and HDR lens flares. Users can create characters and content that can be immediately tested without leaving the editor. The native C++ source code is free to acces and gives developers full control of CPU and graphics hardware. The core contents are integrated with CryTek's CryEngine which Amazon bought the licensing rights to for a rumored $50 million or more when the company was having financial trouble in the spring of last year.  

Amazon has been working on the development of their gaming capabilities for a while now and shows a lot of promise with Lumberyard. It's easy and affordable integration for developers and is supported by one of the leading cloud services available. Users pay only for the AWS services they choose to use. It also gives Amazon its own in-house engine which only further propels the retail giant forward in becoming one of the leading gaming platforms alongside top publishers like EA who also have their own in-house engine. Right now Lumberyard supports developing for PC and consoles with plans to increase support for virtual reality and mobile devices. 

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