"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.

You can use Amazon Lumberyard to build rich and engaging games with the highest ceiling of quality through its comprehensive and proven toolset, and runtime performance that has been highly optimized over many years. With Lumberyard, you get 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 gameplay."

Amazon going all-in, releasing their own "triple-A" game engine, absolutely free to the public. Built off of the foundation of CryEngine, and tailored for deep integration with Amazon Web Services and Twitch. The fact that you can use Lumberyard to build a game, then release that game commercially, without any payment to Amazon, is very interesting. The are counting on a lot of developers taking advantage of AWS, of course, but what does this mean for the rest of the game engine field? When will Adobe, Apple, and Wal-Mart release their 3D game engines?

Official site: https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 02/09/2016 at 07:19pm

I really like the fact that you can release a game without payment to Amazon. It was (relatively) expensive to release my game on Google Play.

Of course this also could mean that we'll have to wade through a plethora of middle school assignments from computer classes lol

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/09/2016 at 09:36pm

This is awesome. It's always good to see more and easier ways to get games to the players.

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 02/10/2016 at 04:19pm

I didn't know you made a game, Adam! On Google Play... is it Android only? I want to play...

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 02/10/2016 at 07:14pm

It is Android only, it would have cost even more (and needed a lot more work) to make an iphone version. And the three of us that made it all had android phones lol

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ArrowDynamicStudios.BeyondTicTacToe&hl=en (the graphics are better in game than in the store photos. It's also a *mostly* complete game, but there are a few things that didn't get finished)

scrypt   Supporter   Post Author wrote on 02/10/2016 at 08:14pm

Very nice :)

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/11/2016 at 01:35am

Amazon is a rainforest with lots of trees and Lumberyard is a place to collect felled wood, I wonder if there was an intentional joke there smile

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/11/2016 at 01:36am

Also "Beyond Tic Tac Toe" isn't just a game, it's an experience. We all know tic tac toe. This really takes it... well beyond that into a realm of something ethereal.

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