Amazon has unveiled its own AAA gaming engine dubbed Lumberyard during the GDC 2016 event, and the product was definitely received with open arms by developers. Based on Crytek’s CryEngine, Lumberyard has recently received its first tech demo that shows off exactly what developers will be able to achieve with it. The tech demo’s main character is named Rin, and she is placed in a lush wooded environment. Since Amazon’s engine is based on CryEngine, the demo is definitely pleasing to the eye, but we’ll just have to wait and see how popular it will become. Amazon’s Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that allows developers to link their products to AWS Cloud and Twitch.
This means that games developed using Lumberyard can potentially reach more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters and over 100 million monthly viewers using Twitch. Other highlights of Amazon’s Lumberyard apart from its visuals include native code performance and a fully featured editor, but developers will just have to take a closer look at this engine in order to discover all of its features. Even though it’s definitely not as powerful as CryEngine V or Frostbite 3, Lumberyard could still come in handy for devs who are looking to create lighter, less demanding games. You can have a look at the tech demo below.