Q. What is Amazon Lumberyard?
Amazon Lumberyard is a free, crossplatform AAA game engine deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch – with full source code provided. Whether you are a major studio, an indie developer, a student, or a hobbyist, Lumberyard provides a growing set of tools to create the highest-quality games, connect your games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch.
Lumberyard's robust professional tools help developers build games with beautiful worlds, realistic characters, and stunning effects. Additionally, with Lumberyard’s Cloud Canvas and Cloud Gem Framework integration, game developers can add cloud-connected features to a game in minutes (such as a dynamic content, daily news, leaderboards, or server-side combat resolution) through a drag-and-drop GUI interface. Lumberyard is also integrated with Amazon GameLift, the AWS service for deploying, operating, and scaling dedicated game servers for session-based multiplayer games.
Amazon Lumberyard is free, with no seat licenses, royalties, or subscriptions required. With Amazon Lumberyard, developers only pay standard AWS fees for the AWS services they choose to use. With Amazon GameLift, you simply pay for the standard AWS fees for Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and data transfer you actually use, plus a small fee per Daily Active User.
Q. How does Amazon make money with Lumberyard?
Lumberyard is free, including source. We make money when you use other AWS services. We built Lumberyard to make it faster and easier to build fantastic live, multiplayer, community-driven games – which naturally connect to the cloud to provide these features to players. However, there is no requirement to connect your game to the cloud. There are also no seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue. You pay only for the infrastructure resources you choose to use. For full licensing details, see our Licensing FAQs below.
Q. Is Amazon Game Studios using Lumberyard to build games?
Yes, all of our games are built with Lumberyard. Check them out on the Amazon Game Studios website.
Q. Is Lumberyard based on CryEngine?
Lumberyard is made up of proven technology from CryEngine, AWS, Twitch, and Double Helix. We’ve hired some of the best game technologists in the world, who have already made over 1,970 improvements, new feature, and fixes to Lumberyard. Some examples of new functionality we've released since launch:
- We've introduced a new Component Entity system, a modern approach to composing complex entities out of simpler entities. Content creators can just drag and drop components to build the behavior they want, edit component settings live in the Editor, and create Lua scripts to quickly change or extend the behavior of an entity. To help you iterate on more complex scenes, entities can be grouped together into "slices," and those slices can in turn be used to create more complex slices, resulting in a fully cascading prefab system.
- We've create new asset workflows designed to take artists from their favorite digital content creation (DCC) tools right into gameplay in seconds. The asynchronous Lumberyard Asset Processor automatically imports and performs live updates of assets in seconds -- and across target device platforms. Just drop an asset file in your project directory, or save a change to an existing file, and those assets are processed, optimized and updated in the editor in seconds.
- The Lumberyard Editor has a new information architecture and UI, rebuilt in Qt, and designed to be easier to use and accelerate your productivity.
- We've integrated a brand new networking layer, GridMate, so your engineers can more easily build low-latency multiplayer games with large numbers of players.
- We’ve introduced Cloud Canvas, which enables your engineers and technical designers with little to no backend experience to build live online game features, such as community news feeds, sharing scores, and server-side combat resolution, in minutes using Lumberyard’s visual scripting system.
- We've integrated with Amazon GameLift, so you can deploy, scale, and operate session-based multiplayer games with dedicated servers.
- We have added a new code generation system to allow you to annotate your C++ code and generate the code you need.
- We’ve advanced the engine to include support and for mobile devices, including support for iOS Metal and 1-click Android deployment.
- We’ve created a new launcher and Project Configurator so your team can get set up with less engineering help.
- We’ve also created new workflows so your artists can iterate faster and create higher-quality content, including a new particle effects editor, new FBX importer, and UI editor.
Q. Do I really get source code access to Lumberyard?
Yes. Free access to full C++ source code is included with the download of Lumberyard.
Q. What kind of support is available for Lumberyard?
All Lumberyard customers have access to documentation, tutorials, forums, and samples and assets. Additional support for Lumberyard is available via AWS Premium Support plans.
Q. Can I use Lumberyard for non-game purposes, such as architecture, simulations, and animated movies?
Yes, please do.
Q. What are the system requirements for building a game with the Lumberyard Editor and tools?
We recommend you use a PC with Windows 7 64-bit, 8+ GB RAM, 60 GB of storage, a 3GHz+ quad-core processor, and a 2+ GB DX11+ compatible video card. Windows 10 64-bit is also supported.
Q. What device platforms does Lumberyard support?
Lumberyard currently supports PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iOS (iPhone 5S+), and Android (Samsung Note 4 and equivalents). Support for broader mobile hardware is coming soon, along with additional support for Mac and Linux. Please note that Sony and Microsoft only permit developers who have passed their screening process to develop games for their console platforms.
Q. Does Lumberyard support VR?
Yes. We currently support Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and OSVR. Because VR is a rapidly evolving area, we've built Lumberyard's VR support to be modular, meaning you can add support for new HMDs without writing code, helping you support new HMDs as they are released. To find out more about our modular VR system, check out our blog here.
Q. How do I get started with Xbox and PlayStation game development?
If you are a licensed Microsoft Xbox developer, please e-mail your Name, Studio name, and the licensed e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a licensed Sony PlayStation developer, please visit SCE DevNet. Under the Middleware Directory click "Confirm Status" for Amazon Lumberyard.
Q. If I build a single-player game that uses no cloud connectivity, do I have to pay to use the engine?
No, in this case you would pay us nothing.
Q. Do I need an AWS account to use Lumberyard?
No, but by downloading or using Lumberyard, you agree to the AWS Customer Agreement and Lumberyard Service Terms. If you want to use Amazon GameLift or Lumberyard’s Cloud Canvas to build connected gameplay features, you or someone from your game team needs to register for an AWS account and provision services to your account.
Q. Do I have to run my game on AWS?
No. If you own and operate your own private servers, you do not need to use AWS. You also don’t need to use AWS if your game does not use any servers. For example, if you release a free-standing single‐player or local-only multiplayer game, you pay us nothing.
Q. Is there a surcharge or other additional fee over and above AWS service rates for Lumberyard customers?
Q. How do I authorize my team of developers to use Cloud Canvas and AWS via the Lumberyard Editor?
To enable team members to access AWS through Cloud Canvas, you first need to create an IAM user for your team members and generate access keys and secret keys. Your team members can enter these keys in the Lumberyard Editor’s Credentials Manager under the AWS menu. For more information, please see the Cloud Canvas and IAM documentation.
Q. Can I grant certain team members permissions or restrictions to access specific AWS services in Cloud Canvas?
Yes, Cloud Canvas lets you configure permissions so your development, test, and release resources can have different access restrictions. Cloud Canvas creates AWS IAM Managed Policies, which can be used to grant access to the AWS IAM Users and Groups you choose. You can customize the permissions by editing your Cloud Canvas configuration in the Lumberyard Editor and update the user and group assignments in the AWS Management Console as needed.
Q. Can I include Lumberyard’s tools so my players can build mods for my game?
Yes. Your right to redistribute Lumberyard in your game includes the right to redistribute pieces of the development environment in your game too. A list of redistributable components is included in the documentation. These rights also apply to companion products that you make available to end users to modify and create derivative works of your game. If you want to distribute Lumberyard components in source code form, please contact us.
Q. Do I have to sell my Lumberyard game on Amazon?
No, you can sell your game wherever you'd like. Of course, we’d love to see your game on Amazon, and you can find information about publishing PC and Mac games on Amazon here and publishing on the Amazon Appstore here.
Q. Can I take Lumberyard and make my own game engine and distribute it?
No. While you may maintain an internal version of Lumberyard that you have modified, you may not distribute that modified version in source code form, or as a freestanding game engine to third parties. You also may not use Lumberyard to distribute your own game engine, to make improvements to another game engine, or otherwise compete with Lumberyard or Amazon GameLift.
Q. Is Lumberyard “open source”?
No. We make the source code available to enable you to fully customize your game, but your rights are limited by the Lumberyard Service Terms. For example, you may not publicly release the Lumberyard engine source code, or use it to release your own game engine.
Q: Can I make plugins or tools for Lumberyard?
Yes. However, please note that if your plugin incorporates Lumberyard code, then you must follow the requirements related to distributing Lumberyard Materials in the Service Terms, for example, to not distribute Lumberyard Materials in source code form. If your plugin merely calls Lumberyard functions or APIs as part of its operation, then the distribution requirements would not apply.
Q: Can I redistribute source code modifications to Lumberyard?
Yes, you can redistribute up to 50 lines of source code, on forums (including the official Lumberyard contribution forum), or elsewhere. You may also share modifications with your contractors and publishers working on your game, as set out in the Service Terms. Otherwise, you may not release Lumberyard engine source code.
Q. Can my Lumberyard game connect to services like Steamworks, Xbox Live, PSN, Apple Game Center, Google Play Games, or console social services?
Yes. Your game may read and write data to platform services and public third-party game services for player save state, identity, social graph, matchmaking, chat, notifications, achievements, leaderboards, advertising, player acquisition, in-game purchasing, analytics, and crash reporting.
Q. Can my game use an alternate web service instead of AWS?
No. If your game servers use a non-AWS alternate web service, we obviously don’t make any money, and it’s more difficult for us to support future development of Lumberyard. By “alternate web service” we mean any non-AWS web service that is similar to or can act as a replacement for Amazon EC2, Amazon Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, Amazon EC2 Container Service, or Amazon GameLift. You can use hardware you own and operate for your game servers.
Q. Is it okay for me to use my own servers?
Yes. You can use hardware you own and operate for your game.
Q. Can I use the game assets that are included with Lumberyard in my game?
Yes. Lumberyard includes asset packs that you can use in your games and prototypes. We also provide additional high-fidelity assets and samples that you may find useful on our website.
Q: Can I redistribute assets from Lumberyard or Lumberyard sample projects?
Not on their own. You can modify and/or redistribute Lumberyard sample assets such as audio, textures, meshes, animations, game data files, and scripts as part of your game. But you can’t, for example, resell Lumberyard assets in an asset store.
Q. Does Lumberyard support integrations with third-party middleware?
Yes. Lumberyard is already integrated with popular middleware, including Perforce, Wwise, Substance, and more. If you’re a middleware provider interested in integrating with Lumberyard, please contact us.
Q. Where can I tell you about my Lumberyard game?
Please register your Lumberyard project here before it is released.
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