The United states based e-commerce giant Amazon is in the news these days as it releases a gift for Game Developers. Lumberyard from Amazon is a cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games of cost.
Moreover, developers can connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. Amazon Lumberyard helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters, and create stunning real-time effects. AAA games can be produced with the new game engine.
Price and Availability for Amazon Lumberyard
The bigger advantage with Lumberyard is the availability free of cost. Moreover, there is no upfront payment and 0 hidden subscription fee. Currently in beta, Amazon Lumberyard is available for download in beta (screenshot attached above) for PC and console game developers, with mobile and virtual reality (VR) platforms coming soon using Windows PCs (from Windows Vista through to Windows 10) and will support development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Amazon Lumberyard is available for download now as a beta version and is completely free to use, including the source.
At least a quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 200GB free space on your hard drive, and a high-end video card with 2GB VRAM is necessary to run Lumberyard .According to information from Amazon it will add development support for Oculus VR, iOS and Android devices in the near future, and OS X and Linux support following soon after.
The drag and drop features available with Amazon Lumberyard’s visual scripting tool, the cloud-connected features can be added to a game just in minutes even by non-technical game developers .Vice president of creative development at 2K Games, Josh Atkins said “The integration of a fantastic game engine with amazing cloud services presents a wonderful opportunity for both independent developers and established publishers,”
How will Amazon make profits if Lumberyard service is free?
The interesting question arises as to what is there for Amazon if service provided for free and hence we come to know that the leading E-commerce company aims to recover the money by usage of its related AWS services by game developers. Inclusion of C++ software development kit built into AWS to facilitate access to the company’s other services will also bring benefit to the company. C++ remains the most widespread language used to make games around the globe.
Making Games faster with Amazon Lumberyard
Making Games will be a faster process with Lumberyard as Game Developers will take advantage of integrations with Twitch or cloud back-end technologies (like AWS). Before, Game developers either have to spend several years creating the more than 20 significant technology components that are needed to build the highest-quality games … or they have to invest in commercial game engines that are expensive. Moreover, non-technical developers can also make use of the platform to build quality games for the customers.