People without formal training or any semblance of programming skills are normally excluded from the video games industry.
Over the years, there have been plenty of programs that allowed enthusiasts to tinker with #game making in the comfort of their own home. For that matter, there are entire online communities dedicated to the remaking of Pokemon games using RPG #Maker – talk about a rush! It’s not strange, then, that Leadwerks Software, a company founded with powerful and easy to use game development tools in mind, has decided to share this glorious technology with the world through Steam.
After successfully pushing through Greenlight in a mere 27 days, Leadwerks Software have announced the launch of the Leadwerks Game Engine: Indie Edition, to be exclusively available through Steam. According to Leadwerks, it’s a program designed to make game development easy for Steam’s entire user base, with the benefit of a royalty-free license for making commercial products.
The program boasts a new renderer built on OpenGL 4.0, which will provide high-end graphics comparable with modern games, as well as built-in level design tools to make design easy for those without the artists touch, and game code language, Lua. For those that don’t know, Lua is one of the easiest script languages to learn, and is used in many commercial games; such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and a heap of Linux titles.
The company also notes that extensive documentation is included, which is great because even running the simplest game development software is probably an exercise in futility if you cannot figure out how to stop it from constantly telling you to give up on your dreams and get a real job.
Just a heads up for this release, here is the pre-order update from Leadwerks:
This will be on Windows only, with support for Lua scripting. The following groups will receive a free Steam key to add this product to their Steam account:
- Leadwerks 3.0 customers who pre-order the upgrade to version 3.1.
- New customers who pre-order Leadwerks 3.1.
- All Kickstarter backers who backed Leadwerks for Linux for $49 or more. (Even if you don’t run Windows, hold onto this as the Linux version on Steam will have special features.)
Leadwerks 3.1 for Linux and Windows will be released together next, with the exact release date to be determined. Leadwerks 3.1 for Mac will follow this, with mobile add-ons for iOS and Android coming last. (There is no purchase necessary to upgrade the mobile add-ons from Leadwerks 3.0 to Leadwerks 3.1.)
Nevertheless, if you’ve been itching to push that crazy game idea you’ve had for years into motion, there’s no time like the present. The program is available on Steam for $99.99. Go ahead, prove your friends, co-workers, and family wrong.