Amazon has this week launched a new triple-A games engines called Amazon Lumberyard that takes the form of a free open-source, cross-platform application that offers game designers and developers a 3D game engine capable of creating high quality AAA games.
That’s pretty incredible, and there’s no major catch either. If you want to have online functionality you’re encouraged to run it through Amazon’s own servers but other than that, and some Twitch integration, you’re good to go. The system is set up for PC and console titles right now, including specific feature sets for the Xbox One and PS4, and they’ll be adding mobile development tools in the near future.
It’s pretty clear that this tech has been out there for awhile with certain developers and let’s be clear – you still need skills, time and patience to create the kind of work you see in the video. But the first step for many developers of the future is usually access, and with a free and open system like this, the possibilites are endless.