Autodesk Gameware

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Autodesk Gameware is a middleware software suite[1] developed by Autodesk. The suite contains tools that enable designers to create game lighting, character animation, low level path finding, high-level AI and advanced user interfaces.[2]


The Gameware suite consists of the following modules:


Autodesk Beast
Original author(s) Illuminate Labs
Developer(s) Autodesk
Development status Active
Type Middleware
License Proprietary commercial software

Beast is a content pipeline tool used for advanced global illumination and dynamic character relighting. Beast is developed and sold by Swedish games lighting technology company Illuminate Labs (acquired by Autodesk in 2010). Beast is used to bake light maps, shadow maps and point clouds with advanced global illumination.[5] Beast can precalculate lighting for light maps, shadow maps and point clouds, to bake occlusion or normal maps or to generate light fields for dynamic relighting of characters and objects.

Beast has built-in integration with Gamebryo Lightspeed[6][7] and Epic's Unreal Engine,[8] Evolution and several other in-house game engines. In March 2010, Unity Technologies announced that the next version of Unity would feature built-in Beast lightmapping and global illumination off the shelf.[9] There is an API available for projects working with Beast but not ready for integration. The Beast API is a programming interface designed to make it as easy as possible to create a Beast integration with any game engine.[10]

Beast has been used in games such as: Mirror's Edge, CrimeCraft, Army of Two: The 40th Day, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and Alpha Protocol.

The new Beast was presented at GDC 2010 in San Francisco.[11] The new version of Beast features two entirely new modules called DistriBeast and eRnsT. DistriBeast is an extremely fast and easy to use distribution engine for managing render farms. eRnsT is a real-time visualizer that allows artists to explore and control the lighting set-up without having to run a complete bake.[12]

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