Will this be the next replacement for all game engines?
Amazon Lumberyard hit the internet just a few days back. It’s a game engine that offers deep integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance and empower online gameplay and also introduces ‘Twitch’, which is a video game focused streaming service.
And the best part is, it’s free! Yeah, that’s right. You just pay for the AWS services that you make use of. You won’t be charged any seat fees, subscription fees and there won’t be any royalty charges either. It also includes the full source code so that you can customize it the way you want for you and your team.
WHAT DOES THE AMAZON LUMBERYARD HAVE?
Lumberyard comes with a comfortable editor where you can tweak away at your games, stunning visuals (looking at the pics, this is as realistic as it gets) and hundreds of other features that will help you build your dream game. Through drag-and-drop visual scripting, your designers and engineers who have little or no backend experience can add cloud connected features to the game with ease. It handles multiplayer experience by scaling the capacity of the servers meeting with accordance to the number of players pouring in to play your game. And yes, this is also cost-free.
It’s mod-friendly too meaning the people you distribute your game to can build their own ‘mods’ or ‘custom changes’ to the game and improvise it the way they want.
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
Ever heard of Crytek’s CryEngine? Well, Lumberyard uses the technology of the CryEngine at its core with a license from the German studio with which Amazon gets full, unencumbered access to the technology. Now if you’re wondering, ‘why not use the actual CryEngine only?’ I would like to add that Amazon is making changes to the original and adapting it to the way they want for their software.
WHAT IS TWITCH NOW?
Twitch allows gamers and game fans alike to connect and stream live video gaming content and you can either broadcast your gameplay or watch others playing. Did I mention you could chat too over there? Well, now there’s a collaboration between Twitch and Lumberyard. You can add more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters and over a 100 million viewers can watch as the players play their hearts out in the game and get enthralled as new features can be added with the aforementioned simple drag-and-drop visual scripting interface and all these changes are made in real time!
WHAT IS THE NEGATIVE ASPECT TO THIS?
The main shortcomings of the Lumberyard is the size. The main installation file is 10 GB long and if you want to add pre-made assets to your work, it’s going to be another 1.5 GB+ or so. For each of the packages. So you’d better have a fast and stable net connection if you want to try this out.
CAN I GET STARTED WITH IT?
Amazon Lumberyard is currently in its beta testing phase and is available for PC and console gaming. Mobile and VR platforms will be hitting the site soon.
Here’s the link to the official site. And here’s the download link if you want to get started immediately. Be sure to send in your feedback to Amazon as they’re very keen on getting input from users in their community so that they can fix their software to be better and enable you to have the best user experience ever.
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