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O3DE - Amazon shifts Lumberyard to open source 3D game engine

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  • pior
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    Wow, one would think they could afford at least a microphone and some foam pads !
  • Axi5
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    Open sourcing most of it with Apache 2.0 license is nice. No native linux editor yet but it's coming, always happy to see competition.
  • littleclaude
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    Even when it's free it’s hard to compete against Unreal as it's amazing value and so well supported IMO. Not that I am knocking it, It's great that Amazon released it for open source rather than letting it die, I wish some other firms would do this, like Autodesk with Softimage, Mudbox and so on. 

  • thomasp
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    So they bought an engine and - as per that article - rewrote it from scratch. Does that make sense to anybody who is not an engine coder? Sounds incredibly wasteful to me.

    Linux version sounds cool, I wonder what the target for that is though (same with Unreal) - with games there can't be much money in it.

  • Axi5
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    I wish that too, big companies seem to want to sit on their IP just in case and letting them collect dust when it's no longer a money maker. I think I see this engine mostly as an alternative to Godot though, editor experience and tooling wise I don't think they're close to competing with Unreal/Unity meaningfully yet.
  • Neox
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    thomasp said:
    Linux version sounds cool, I wonder what the target for that is though (same with Unreal) - with games there can't be much money in it.

    For instance in automotive presentation systems, say a virtual showroom where you can customize your car, the application runs on some server somewhere and gets streamed to your device
  • Axi5
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    thomasp said:
    So they bought an engine and - as per that article - rewrote it from scratch. Does that make sense to anybody who is not an engine coder? Sounds incredibly wasteful to me.

    Linux version sounds cool, I wonder what the target for that is though (same with Unreal) - with games there can't be much money in it.

    Maybe Linux as first class citizen might help change that, developers love Linux but it's challenging for the game industry to support it. If the LF is behind it then clearly that's their initiative and they see value in it, but I expect Neox is right and this is more about services other than games.
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