Online retailer Amazon has moved into the gaming industry by launching its own game engine known as Lumberyard.

The engine itself is based on the CryEngine, so expect plenty of stunning visuals and best of all, it’s free!

The software is available now for development on Xbox One, there is also Twitch integration, as well as mobile support.

Developers will be given the option to utilise Amazon’s server technology at a cost, which is how they plan on making money from Lumberyard, but developers can also design their own.

Whilst it is still in beta, it is still a fantastic move made by Amazon, especially as many would probably not see an online retailer as such, move into the gaming industry in this way.

A bold step by Amazon? Let us know in the comments.

 

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