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Amazon Announces Free Game Engine For Consoles, PC, Mobile

Amazon’s game initiative has expanded from end-user products to engines. The company announced and released today two new tools for game developers, including cloud-driven multiplayer server support.

The Lumberyard engine is a free 3D game engine that is compatible with PC, game consoles, mobile devices, and VR headsets. It is designed with Amazon’s cloud services and Twitch support baked in. Amazon acquired the streaming platform in August 2014 for just short of $ 1 billion.

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The Twitch functions will more readily enable interaction between audience and gameplay. Developers will also be able to include functions that invite viewers into multiplayer games.

Amazon has also announced the GameLift service, which sounds similar to Microsoft’s Azure offering. Developers using the tools will have access to dynamically scaling servers based on player demand.

In the video above, Gunfire Games details how it has experimented with Lumberyard. The studio, which is currently developing Chronos for Oculus Rift, built a playable multiplayer, first-person shooter prototype in three months.

[Source: Amazon]

 

Our Take
With Unity, Unreal Engine, CryEngine, and now Lumberyard, developers have accessible, affordable tools for tinkering. The move away from expensive licenses opens the door for smaller developers to get their games to market without hefty up front engine costs. This is also the first time we’ve heard Amazon mention anything significant about its Twitch acquisition in the 18 months since that happened.

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Pokémon’s First Movie Mewtwo Strikes Back Is Currently Streamable Online For Free

Pokémon's online TV service, which houses much of the TV show, is currently streaming the original Pokémon movie.

You can head here to watch the film in full. Originally released to North American theatres in 1998, the film was a massive success and very briefly held the record for highest-grossing opening for an animated film, until Toy Story 2 released two weeks later.

[Source: Pokémon TV, @Pokemon]

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[Update] Shadowrun: Hong Kong’s Free Bonus Campaign Is Now Live

Update: The Shadowrun: Hong Kong Extended Edition update, which adds 5+ hours of gameplay and an audio commentary from the developers, has gone live. If you own Steam, the free update will download automatically. It's also worth noting that Shadowrun: Hong Kong is 50% off on GOG and Steam right now, too.

Original Story (February 2 at 9:23 a.m. Central):

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that’s about to get bigger.

The best part is that you won’t need to spend a dime on the additional content. In a post on the official Facebook page, Harebrained Schemes shares the details.

“Almost ready to go back to Hong Kong?” the post says. “We're adding 5+ hours of gameplay and a Dev Audio Commentary! (Same low price, lots more content! And updated free to everyone who already has the game!)”

For more on Shadowrun: Hong Kong, check out our review.

[Source: Harebrained Schemes on Facebook via Destructoid]

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[Update] Shadowrun: Hong Kong’s Free Bonus Campaign Is Now Live

Update: The Shadowrun: Hong Kong Extended Edition update, which adds 5+ hours of gameplay and an audio commentary from the developers, has gone live. If you own Steam, the free update will download automatically. It's also worth noting that Shadowrun: Hong Kong is 50% off on GOG and Steam right now, too.

Original Story (February 2 at 9:23 a.m. Central):

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that’s about to get bigger.

The best part is that you won’t need to spend a dime on the additional content. In a post on the official Facebook page, Harebrained Schemes shares the details.

“Almost ready to go back to Hong Kong?” the post says. “We're adding 5+ hours of gameplay and a Dev Audio Commentary! (Same low price, lots more content! And updated free to everyone who already has the game!)”

For more on Shadowrun: Hong Kong, check out our review.

[Source: Harebrained Schemes on Facebook via Destructoid]

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[Update] Shadowrun: Hong Kong’s Free Bonus Campaign Is Now Live

Update: The Shadowrun: Hong Kong Extended Edition update, which adds 5+ hours of gameplay and an audio commentary from the developers, has gone live. If you own Steam, the free update will download automatically. It's also worth noting that Shadowrun: Hong Kong is 50% off on GOG and Steam right now, too.

Original Story (February 2 at 9:23 a.m. Central):

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that’s about to get bigger.

The best part is that you won’t need to spend a dime on the additional content. In a post on the official Facebook page, Harebrained Schemes shares the details.

“Almost ready to go back to Hong Kong?” the post says. “We're adding 5+ hours of gameplay and a Dev Audio Commentary! (Same low price, lots more content! And updated free to everyone who already has the game!)”

For more on Shadowrun: Hong Kong, check out our review.

[Source: Harebrained Schemes on Facebook via Destructoid]

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Square Celebrates Portal App’s Birthday With Free Final Fantasy II Download

Square Enix has send out a note that fans of the classic Final Fantasy series might find interesting. The company's Final Fantasy Portal App has been around for a year now, and players can download Final Fantasy II (that's Japanese numbering, so don't to see expect Cecil or Rydia a la U.S. SNES numbering) from it on iOS or Android at no cost from now until Valentine's Day.

The app gives fans a central place to buy Final Fantasy games, books, music, and collectibles; check out trailers and dev commentary; and play Final Fantasy VIII's Triple Triad card game. And now, until February 14, it's a place where you can download a free game. Not bad.

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22cans switches Godus Wars DLC from paid to free after fan outcry

The Godus development debacle continues. Is it possible to finish the game and repair the company’s reputation with fans? …


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Rainbow Six Siege Gets Black Ice Update With Two Operators, Free Map

The first of four major updates for Rainbow Six Siege is now live. Black Ice introduces two new operators, a new snowy map set in Hudson Bay, Canada, and new weapon skins.

Buck and Frost, the two new operators, are members of Canada’s JTF 2. Both are now accessible for season pass holders. The map is free and weapon skins are available for all.

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For those who would prefer to unlock new operators using Renown, you’ll need to wait a week. That option doesn’t open up until February 9.

For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our review. You can read about unlocking characters, skin tiers, and more DLC information here.

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted Is Free On PC From EA Origin

EA is offering another game as part of its On the House program. You’ll need an Origin account and a PC in order to nab it, though.

The current game on offer is Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Released in 2012, Criterion was tapped to blend the metal carnage of its Burnout series with the cops-and-racers motif of the original Most Wanted.

The result was a high-speed, crash-filled extravaganza. We quite enjoyed it, giving the game a nine out of ten.

“The open world of Fairhaven is a fertile ground for the Criterion racing concepts of accessibility, freedom, and motor mayhem,” wrote Matt Kato in our review. “Freedom and structure delicately intersect in a loose career mode based around beating a list of 10 Most Wanted cars.”

Log into your Origin account to add the game to your library.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Is Getting Five Hours Of Additional, Free Content

Harebrained Schemes is getting ready to deliver a big expansion to the third installment in its recently rebooted Shadowrun series. Hong Kong is a vibrant cyberpunk city that’s about to get bigger.

The best part is that you won’t need to spend a dime on the additional content. In a post on the official Facebook page, Harebrained Schemes shares the details.

“Almost ready to go back to Hong Kong?” the post says. “We're adding 5+ hours of gameplay and a Dev Audio Commentary! (Same low price, lots more content! And updated free to everyone who already has the game!)”

For more on Shadowrun: Hong Kong, check out our review.

[Source: Harebrained Schemes on Facebook via Destructoid]

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