Train2Game News Pixel Game Maker MV

Pixel Game Maker MV, the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, and sister software to RPG Maker which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, will craft adventures on PC and exit Steam Early Access in Q4 2019.

Alongside the launch out of Early Access with version 1.0 of Pixel Game Maker MV will come with an array of UI improvements, Steam Workshop support, a free demo version, and more updates addressing issues raised by Early Access users.

The engine’s accessibility allows first-time developers and seasoned creators alike to construct deep games from scratch, without any programming experience. Native engine features include a built-in physics engine, particle effects, support for up to four-person local multiplayer, and the ability to install and create add-ons using JavaScript.

Pixel Game Maker MV comes with more than 15 sample games, each with assets licensed for distribution in users’ games including some created by Takumi Naramura, lead designer for the La-Mulana franchise. Artists can also import their own graphics to create everything from adventure, shooter, and racing games. The options are endless – the only limitation is the imagination.

“Many of the most amazing ideas for games spring from the minds of people who play games the most, but don’t have the technical skills needed to bring their visions to life,” said Shunji Mizutani, founder, Playism. “With Pixel Game Maker MV anyone can become a developer without learning how to code.”

Pixel Game Maker MV is available via Steam Early Access (Windows only) for $84.99 USD/€71.99 and supports Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese. Upon 1.0’s launch, the price will be set at $99.99 USD/€84.99.

For more information, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website

Train2Game News GameGuru Game Engine Upgrade

TheGameCreators today announced the long-awaited release of the newly upgraded graphics engine for GameGuru, giving everyone the ability to render their games using Physically Based Rendering (PBR) shaders for improved visuals and thanks to DirectX 11, improved frame rates.

Lee Bamber, CEO of TheGameCreators, said “The task of swapping out an entire graphics engine was tough, but we got stuck in and made it happen. Along the way, however, we did not lose sight of other features that our great community wanted to see, and we made sure that users not necessarily interested in better graphics also had something to look forward to.”

This major update to GameGuru includes:

Great Assets and Levels

  • Improved the Welcome splash to show off PBR game level
  • Updated Big Escape level to use PBR only assets
  • Added new ‘Miscellaneous’ folder with ‘Massive Chess’ for Chess Game sample
  • Security Fence and Gate
  • Added ‘Preview Orbs’ folder to Misc models for PBR material previewing
  • Added CityscapePBR folder which contains extra PBR assets for Big Escape
  • Added two new Grand Pianos to the Furniture folder
  • Added a new glass fence to the Fixtures folder

Much Improved Performance

  • Removed long-silence when standalone first runs (slow on some systems)
  • Launch time loading speed increased significantly (PCTEST: 60sec -> 12sec)
  • HLSL shaders and LUA scripts now compiled into binary for faster loading
  • Faster HUD rendering due to quad batching
  • Multicore AI for faster processing of character AI

Better Visuals

  • New post process shader used called FXAA-CV-LS (improves anti-alias and contrast)
  • Fixed issue with Steam Overlay not rendering correctly
  • Enlarged editor icons and gave them a new design
  • Cascade shadow mapping now with 8 cascades instead of 4
  • Standalone splash screen now detects closest watermark resolution
  • Can change sky shader in sky file and sky in realtime

And more……..

  • Added full weapon and animation behaviour to the Character Creator
  • More control over static light mapper
  • Added support for Logitech F310 controller to control Standalone menus
  • Improved FBX importing
  • Added lots of new LUA commands

At the start of the year TheGameCreators opened up the source code of GameGuru so their community could help expand and improve the game maker and received a tremendous response. Amongst the contributions from the community was an entire Chess Game, complete with board, chess pieces and the logic to run the entire chess game, including computer opponent to play against. A great demonstration of the power of the LUA scripting language for making GameGuru level logic.

Lee Bamber continued, “We hope our existing users enjoy this update and that new users are encouraged to try their hand at game making with GameGuru. We have more PBR assets and new features in the pipeline, with more help and advice for game-makers along the way. Our aim is to make your journey into game-making that little bit easier.”

Further information is available at https://www.game-guru.com

Train2Game News CRYENGINE supports VR

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Developers can now tap into the game-changing power of CRYENGINE to create virtual reality experiences following the latest update to Crytek’s all-in-one software solution.

The release of CRYENGINE 3.8.1 adds Oculus Rift support to the engine, granting both full licensees and Engine-as-a-Service subscribers equal access to the new VR toolset. The addition of VR development capabilities to CRYENGINE is complimented by initial support for AMD’s LiquidVR™ technology, which is dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible. Future updates will bring support for additional VR platforms into the engine.

Crytek’s Frank Vitz, Creative Director CRYENGINE, said: “Since showcasing our own work with VR, we’ve seen an overwhelming response from developers who want to use CRYENGINE for their virtual reality projects as well. Our experience in stereoscopic 3D, combined with the engine’s rendering power and ability to deliver high resolution images at a high frame rate, means CRYENGINE offers a degree of visual fidelity that many people feel is foundational to a compelling VR experience. We can’t wait to see what other CRYENGINE users create now that they have VR capabilities at their fingertips.”  

Today’s update also adds OpenGL support to CRYENGINE, allowing developers to more seamlessly port their PC projects to Linux.

Finally, today’s update also empowers full engine licensees to put CRYENGINE to work when developing games for Android TV systems. With Android devices designed for the living room set to become increasingly popular, CRYENGINE ensures users are equipped to bring their vision to life for a whole new audience.

CRYENGINE is available royalty free for as little as 9.90 USD/EUR per month. For more information visit www.cryengine.com.