Thursday, September 20, 2012

Game Maker wants your money

YoYo Games; maker of Game Maker is gearing up to make a hard push with Game Maker: Studio.

The engine is already released, though they say it isn't feature complete, but plan on expanding their community, support, and platforms to help deversify Game Maker: Studio and help establish it as a strong choice to game devs looking for something quick, easy, and dynamic.

Though the price point is fairly on point for where they are aiming, but a bit expensive compared to other 2D engines. YoYo Games hopes to compete with the likes of Unity, which has gained quite a bit of success with their engine in the past few years. The price point my be cheap compared to Unity, but rather inflated for other 2D engines like Scirra's Construct 2 which have strong communities and added mobile support included. Game Maker: Studio doesn't include mobile support, and needs to be purchased separately for each mobile OS, ranging from $99 to $199.

We'll have to see if Game Maker: Studio features warrant a purely 2D engine that is priced closer to some advanced, indie-friendly 3D engines.

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