Amazon reveals new game engine and multiplayer game service

    
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Engines have been big news for MMO players in recent months as indie sandbox The Repopulation’s struggles with Hero Engine drove it offline and eventually into the waiting arms of Unreal.

Enter Amazon, which today announced that it’s publishing a new pro game engine and dev environment under its AWS banner: Lumberyard.

“Lumberyard: A game engine and development environment designed for professional developers. A blend of new and proven technologies from CryEngine, Double Helix, and AWS, Lumberyard simplifies and streamlines game development. As a game engine, it supports development of cloud-connected and standalone 3D games, with support for asset management, character creation, AI, physics, audio, and more. On the development side, the Lumberyard IDE allows you to design indoor and outdoor environments, starting from a blank canvas.”

Of note to online gamers in particular, the megacorp has simultaneously revealed Amazon GameLift, intended to help devs “deploy and scale session-based multiplayer game servers for the games that [they] build using Lumberyard.” Lumberyard itself is a free engine, but the GameLift service includes on-demand fees.

Source: Amazon. Thanks to Darren, Scott, and Mark.
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Xephyr
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Valkyriez  I dunno if I’d count the division as an MMO, and BD and BnS are Korean. 
I’m not saying the genre can’t recover, I hope it does, it just feels like western investors and publishers, maybe even developers themselves, are a bit wary of MMOs right now, as the last few AAA MMO launches have gone pretty badly. We’ll probably continue to see a bunch of ports of Korean MMOs however.

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Not that I disagree, there’s definitely truth to that. But the MMO genre as a whole in the west is still huge and making serious bank. The big hitters (WOW,SWTOR, FFXIV, GW2, TERA, ESO, BnS, RIFT etc) combined still have a huge player base and the revenue is up there. Releases have been trash, and people have individual opinions on quality and playability on the different titles but the up and coming successful titles like CU, Crowfall, SC to name a few wouldn’t be funded if there was no money in it.
I’m hanging out for a good new MMO as much as anybody but I can’t but help think that the MMO is dying idea is a bit of a fallacy. Hell, even what I consider a sub par game like BnS has got 2 million registered accounts in a month. BD, The Division and a few others are coming Blues the “genre is dying” attitude even if mileage may vary for each person.

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ihatevnecks Ket_Viliano Armsbend Quincha sray155  I have tested Amazons shipping practices, you are ignoring this. There are no assumptions being made.

Amazon is pretty sleazy with Prime, either you pay for it, or they drag out the shipping process by sitting on the order, and then they act like 3 weeks to ship is somehow ok.

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Ket_Viliano ihatevnecks Armsbend Quincha sray155 I’m not calling you a liar, I’m saying your assumptions about their shipping processes are incorrect and that you’re making statements about a specific order without actually providing specific details for said order. In other words, the typical complaint people make when they may not have realized what they were getting into – such as ordering an out of stock item, ordering from a third-party seller, etc.

But ultimately it comes down to this – don’t order a book with a 3-week delivery estimate if you can’t handle waiting 3 weeks. You said yourself they were up front about this time frame, so you’ve got no legitimate complaint here.

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PhelimReagh Ket_Viliano Armsbend Quincha sray155  I do not have prime, and when I order a book from Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon, it sits for over a week before they put it in the mail.
I do not dispute the value that you get from prime, clearly you like and enjoy it; I just wish that other people would accept that I do not find value in it, for myself.

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Quincha Armsbend  You do realize you can self-publish your own book with Amazon, right? Right to Kindle, or a regular old paperback, and even audio-books. 

Regardking your link, getting free-advertising in front of 3-5 million easily influenced and motivated Colbert viewers with a grudge against Amazon does not prove anything about the publishing world. There was far more to the Hachette story, and it’s basically “Why did this one (or two) publisher think they were owed a super-special deal from Amazon that no one else gets?”. Hachette screwed it’s writers by being inflexible and unwilling to adapt to the new world of media, not Amazon,

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Ket_Viliano Armsbend Quincha sray155 In my house it is not unheard of to order something at 7PM on a Tuesday and get it Wednesday MORNING. Yes, we have Prime, but I don’t see how Prime does not pay for itself just by free shipping, to say nothing of unlimited movies and all the other schtuff you get.

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Valkyriez When was the last time a western MMO released that was actually somewhat successful? (ie didn’t flop and go free to play to save itself)
Which upcoming big western MMOs do we have to look forward to? The only one I can think of is EQ Next and it’s basically vaporware at this point.
MMOs are a huge risk to develop basically because they take tons of time, and a lot of them simply don’t do well in the west.

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Quincha Xephyr sray155  I buy way more books and have been exposed to ever more obscure writers, genres and sub-genres since Amazon took over the book business. I don’t know how on earth that is bad for the authors, the publishers, or me.

I don’t know why it was better that folks had to go to some dusty, poorly-stocked “mom and pop” or “independent” bookstore where you had to rely on some crusty old hipster’s memory and frame of reference to find new things to read.

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ihatevnecks Ket_Viliano Armsbend Quincha sray155  You are calling me a liar. If that is not trolling, then I do not know what is.
I have tested, and in direct comparison, the actual reported ship date of books ordered through Amazon Marketplace, from Amazon and an Independent, and Amazon sat on the book, and the independent put it in the mail the next day.