Posted On: Apr 25, 2017

We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.9, the biggest release yet for Amazon’s free AAA game engine. This release is a direct result of customer feedback, with over 473 improvements, fixes, and features. Some highlights include:

• A new Player Account Cloud Gem that provides a customizable, stand-alone solution for player authentication and management. In as little as 30 minutes, an engineer can build and launch a player account system in their game—a task that would typically take 2-3 engineers several months to accomplish.
• A new Component Entity system that helps developers create complex, working entities faster and with minimal effort. This update includes automatic exposure of component features to designers, a new warning system for missing or mistaken configurations, usability improvements to the Entity Inspector, and more.
• New GPU features and emitter types for the particle editor, so you can fill game worlds with visually stunning effects. New emitter types include point, sphere, circle, box, and beam.
• Much more, including a new one-step, express installation process, support for both Z-up and Y-up world coordinates in the FBX importer, improved search functionality for the Asset Browser, Component Entity and Lua support for the UI Editor and Twitch Metastream, and support for versioned Gems. 

For more information on this release, you can read the Lumberyard Blog and the Lumberyard Beta 1.9 release notes.

To get started with Amazon Lumberyard, please visit the Lumberyard website to download Lumberyard. You can learn more about Lumberyard’s new features by watching our Tutorials, visiting the Forums, or reading through our Documentation.