The service marks a turning point for the online-shopping giant, one that aims to take Amazon Game Studios to the next level.
The game engine, Lumberyard, is based on developer Crytek’s CryEngine — a license Amazon was able to obtain when a deal was struck with the developer last year. Lumberyard is free and includes full source code, provides Twitch integration, is completely customizable, and features no “seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue,” says a statement on the Lumberyard section of Amazon’s site. Fees are only accrued when Amazon Webservices (AWS) are used for multiplayer, which is one of the new tools introduced for game designers to utilize.
Some developers already view the announcement as the harbinger of great things to come, since the service provides them with yet another option for game development. Speaking with IGN, Olivia White, Charnel House Trilogy developer, believes Amazon may be able to rival Unity or Unreal Engine.
The service is cross-platform and allows for development on console, PC, and mobile devices.
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