Amazon launches free AAA game engine called Lumberyard
If you thought that there weren’t any more pies for Amazon to stick their fingers in, you thought wrong.
The company have launched a royalty-free AAA game engine called “Lumberyard“. GamesIndustry.biz reports that the engine is based on the CryEngine and is geared towards multiplayer and streaming. Lumberyard is intended to be used for AAA development on PC and the current generation of consoles, with deals already signed to support PS4 and Xbox One development. Amazon say that support for mobile and VR is on the way.
Amazon Lumberyard is currently in beta and comes entirely free, with no subscription fees or royalty fees to be paid to the company. GI.biz also report that Lumberyard developers are free to use first-party servers for their games, Amazon Web Services is the mandatory third-party choice. It is also launching GameLift, a paid service for, “deploying, operating, and scaling session-based multiplayer games.” According to information acquired by Gamasutra, GameLift will cost $1.50 per 1,000 users.
See Lumberyard in Amazon’s own words above. You can also learn more about and download it here.