Amazon makes game engine, releases it for free

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 11:45 GMT

Amazon shows everyone again it’s serious about game developer, even if we’ve yet to see any major projects come of this venture.

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Amazon has announced two pieces of tech earlier today, aimed at video game developers. The first is a 3D game engine called Lumberyard. The engine is capable of developing games for PC, consoles, and mobile.

It’s based on Crytek’s CryEngine, as well as other tech and code from Killer Instinct developer Double Helix and other Amazon AWS code, and supports devs looking to build multiplayer/social games where online instances are important.

Lumberyard is free to download and use, and doesn’t require subscription or revenue-share.

Amazon GameLift is the other part of today’s announcement. This service is based on the company’s AWS and allows developers to create session-based multiplayer games, which Lumberyard can help them build.

Lumberyard also comes with built-in Twitch integration, which is aimed at developers looking to make games in the exceedingly popular Twitch Plays category, or games based on chat interaction in general.

As of right now, Lumberyard supports PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In the next couple of months, it will be updated to have mobile and VR support.

There’s also an introduction video below:

The full announcement touches on a lot more, and it’s definitely interesting for anyone looking to get into making games.

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