Platforms: Android, HTML5, iOS, Linux, Mac, Oculus, PC, PS4, SteamOS, Xbox One
Epic’s new-gen game development platform Unreal Engine 4 has officially been released to all developers, who can now get access on a $19 a month subscription with five per cent of gross revenue from any game sales going to Epic.
Devs also have access to the engine and complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub. The tech includes the Blueprint visual scripting system, the Persona animation system and Matinee timeline-based machinima and cinematic system.
Unity - www.unity3d.com
Platfrom : Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8
includes the integration of Geomerics’ Enlighten tech, Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Ray Tracing tech, SpeedTree and revamped audio tools.
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U
CryEngine is one of the most powerful game engines available to developers, and, with Crytek keen to welcome indies, developers can now sign up to use the engine for $10 a month, royalty-free.
Features include the engine’s recently announced physically-based shading, geometry cache and image-based lighting. The new subscription option is set to be available from May. Devs can still access the free CryEngine SDK under its current terms despite the new model.
Platforms : Android, Browser, iOS, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Windows Phone
Havok Vision Engine
this cross-platform game engine has been around for years, and provides an object-oriented C++ API. The development tech is optimised for last-gen consoles and PC.
The full game engine licence includes licences for Havok Vision, AI and Behvaior as well as Autodesk’s UI solution Scaleform illumination middleware Beast. The toolset ships with the source code and 3ds Max and Maya exporters.
As of yet the tech does not support PS4 and Xbox One.
Project Anarchy is a complete end-to-end game engine for mobile that comes with a free licence allowing developers to release titles to iOS, Android and Tizen.
The tech integrates Havok’s suite of game development technology including the Havok Vision Engine, collision detection and physical simulation tech Physics, Animation Studio and AI.
There are also expanded licences that come with a cost, including a PC exporter, available for developers who want more from the engine.
AndEngine is a broad 2D game engine which allows game developers, both experienced and inexperienced, to develop games for the Android platform with ease. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity, though. As easy as it is to “pick up and go,” AndEngine includes enough functionality to bring any type of 2D game world to life.