Amazon Lumberyard

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Amazon Lumberyard
Amazon Lumberyard logo
Developer(s)Amazon Game Tech
Preview release
Beta 1.22 / December 13, 2019; 36 days ago (2019-12-13)[1]
Written inC++[2] and Lua[3]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
PlatformMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android
Available inEnglish
TypeGame engine

Amazon Lumberyard is a free cross-platform game engine developed by Amazon and based on CryEngine (init. released 2002), which was licensed from Crytek in 2015.[4][5][6] The engine features integration with Amazon Web Services to allow developers to build or host their games on Amazon's servers, as well as support for livestreaming via Twitch.[7] Additionally, the engine includes Twitch ChatPlay, allowing viewers of the Twitch stream to influence the game through the associated chat, a method of play inspired by the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon.[8] The source code is available to end users with limitations: Users may not publicly release the Lumberyard engine source code or use it to release their own game engine.[9] Lumberyard launched on February 9, 2016 alongside GameLift, a fee-based managed service for deploying and hosting multiplayer games, intended to allow developers the easy development of games that attract "large and vibrant communities of fans."[10] As of March 2018, the software is currently in beta status and can be used to build games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,[11][10] with limited support for iOS and Android and the support of Linux and Mac being planned for future releases.[9][12] Virtual reality integration was added in Beta 1.3, allowing developers to build games supporting devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.[13][14]

Despite being based on the architecture of Crytek's CryEngine, the engine has been developed to use many of its own custom developed systems, some of which are in a preview mode. A few of these systems include: The Component Entity System, Fur Shader, Modular Gems (which allows developers to either create their own assets or add existing assets to their games), Script Canvas and many others [15][16]

The audio solution Audiokinetic Wwise, which is used in many popular games, was added in Beta 1.0 released in February 2016.[17]

The first update to Lumberyard was released on March 14, 2016 and included support for certain mobile devices, such as A8-powered iOS devices and Nvidia Shield, an FBX importer and integration with Allegorithmic's texturing software Substance.[12][18]

On August 16, 2017 the source code of the engine was made freely available under proprietary license terms via GitHub.[19][20]

Games using Amazon Lumberyard[edit]

Release date Title Genre Platform Developer Publisher
January 15, 2019 The Grand Tour Game Racing PlayStation 4, Xbox One Amazon Game Studios Seattle Amazon Game Studios
TBA Star Citizen MMO, Space trading and combat, first-person shooter Microsoft Windows Cloud Imperium Games, Foundry 42, Behaviour Interactive Cloud Imperium Games
TBA[21] Everywhere Action-adventure TBA[21] Leslie Benzies Leslie Benzies[22]
TBA The DRG Initiative[23] Third-person shooter TBA Slingshot Cartel TBA
Cancelled Breakaway MOBA Microsoft Windows Amazon Game Studios Amazon Game Studios
May 2020 New World [24] MMO Microsoft Windows Amazon Game Studios Amazon Game Studios
TBA Crucible Third-person shooter TBA Amazon Game Studios Amazon Game Studios
October 25, 2018 Coffence Fighting game Microsoft Windows Sweet Bandits Studios Sweet Bandits Studios
TBA Deadhaus Sonata[25] Action role-playing video game TBA Apocalypse Studios Apocalypse Studios


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  22. ^ "EVERYWHERE". Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  23. ^ McKeand, Kirk (February 23, 2017). "The DRG Initiative is a third-person team shooter where Twitch can influence battles". PCGamesN. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  24. ^ "Let the games begin". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  25. ^ Mccaffrey, Ryan (October 24, 2018). "Deadhaus Sonata Announced From Eternal Darkness, Legacy of Kain Creator Denis Dyack". Retrieved December 18, 2018.

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