Amazon Games earlier this week announced that they will be giving away their own game engine, Lumberyard for free. Amazon’s Lumberyard is currently in beta phase for developers who would like to create PC and console games.
Amazon’s Lumberyard has quite a lot of features with some of them being Lumberyard’s integration with Twitch that allows Devs to build games and engage with more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters while doing it. Twitch viewers can also chat with the Devs to directly impact the game that they are watching in real-time.
The biggest feature of Lumberyard is that it is free, including its full source code which helps in customizing Lumberyard the way we want.
Amazon’s Lumberyard also allows Devs to create and scale multiplayer games thanks to Amazon GameLift, a new AWS service which helps in creating, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games with added bonus such as creating and getting game servers up and down to meet player demand, without any additional engineering effort or upfront costs.
These are just some of the features which are found in the Amazon’s Lumberjack engine. It would be interesting to see how Lumberjack performs as compared to other famous engines such as Duniya, Frostbite, Source, etc.
The only catch in all this is that, any online elements will have to be hosted on Amazon’s cloud service, which will have to be paid for. However, that is not too high a price for everything else that comes for free.
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