Amazon Launches Video Game Engine: Lumberyard
Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)
This week, Amazon Games launched their AAA game engine: Lumberyard.
After their recent purchases of Double Helix Game Studio and the Crytek Game Engine, everyone was expecting Amazon would announce a new game engine, but the fact that Lumberyard is such a complete game package right out of the gate is surprising. Plus, Amazon is giving Lumberyard away for free!
This should start some knee shaking in the Unity, Unreal and the Stingray camps. Lumberyard will be in direct competition with these established game engines. Add to this the fact that Amazon owns the monster gamer website, Twitch, along with massive web service capability, and you have excellent elements in place for Lumberyard's to appeal to a wide variety of users.
However, I'd advice new users to read the Amazon Lumberyard FAQ to find out how distributing anything yhou make with Lumberyard differs from, say, Unity or Unreal.
From the new Amazon Lumberyard website:
Lumberyard Intro Video