Amazon made its own Lumberyard game engine free to use from the beginning, but now opens up technology development to everyone. GamesBeat reports that Amazon made Lumberyard an open source project, rebranding as the Open 3D Engine. The Linux Foundation will manage the project and form the Open 3D Foundation to encourage development. Amazon is one of the founders along with technology heavyweights such as Adobe, Huawei, Niantic and Red Hat.
Although the original Lumberyard is based on the Crytek engine, the version you’ll get when the Open 3D Engine is redesigned and without possible headaches, Amazon claims. It also boasts a new, more photorealistic render, as well as many other tools you need to build a game or simulation, including an animation system, content editor, and visual scripting.
This is relatively untouched ground for developers. They don’t always have to pay for engines, but they rarely have full freedom to modify the code for their own purposes – and those who often keep the modifications to themselves. The Open 3D Engine not only allows for extensive customization, but will encourage creators to contribute to the wider community. This theoretically strengthens the technology and helps it move faster than commercial technology Unreal Engine and unity.
For Amazon, there is a monetary incentive – an open source may be its best chance to stimulate growth. Amazon hasn’t had much success in its own games built on Lumberyard canceled Crucible i delayed A new world. Switching to Open 3D Engine could spur adoption and encourage studios to use AWS, Twitch and other services that connect to the platform. Amazon could reap the benefits of the Open 3D Engine even if its dreams of becoming AAA players never come true.
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