DE­VEL­OP­MENT FOR THE MASSES

Who needs to know how to code any­more?

Games TM - - FUTURE GAMING -

Games like Lit­tlebig­planet, Su­per Mario Maker and Roblox have helped mas­sively in de­mys­ti­fy­ing the process of devel­op­ing a game from con­cept to ex­e­cu­tion. These play­grounds of cre­ativ­ity have opened up pos­si­bil­i­ties for us as play­ers to re­ally make and share some­thing that wouldn’t have been a pos­si­bil­ity for us be­fore with­out a fair amount of cod­ing and pro­gram­ming knowl­edge.

“With the likes of Minecraft and Roblox, we’ve seen the in­no­va­tive think­ing that can be pro­duced when you put easy-to-use tools in the hands of reg­u­lar gamers,” says Gary Bracey of Terra Vir­tua. “Once you elim­i­nate the bar­ri­ers to en­try so peo­ple no longer have to de­pend on pro­gram­ming knowl­edge or graphic cre­ation to build a game, then you can re­ally tap into the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple who can more eas­ily bring their ideas to life.”

That’s now led us to new game de­vel­op­ment tools that are easy to un­der­stand and sim­pli­fied for in­ex­pe­ri­enced game mak­ers to get into. But that’s some­thing that may only ex­pand fur­ther in the com­ing years.

“I strongly be­lieve the tools we use to make games and ac­cess to game as­sets will get eas­ier to use and in­te­grate,” says Trib­ute Games’ Jean-francois Ma­jor. “Where mak­ing games used to be about tech­ni­cal feats, the em­pha­sis will hard switch to the creative side.”

Things like RPG Maker and Gamemaker Stu­dio of­fer even greater lev­els of depth to the cre­ation process for those of us with much more lim­ited ex­per­tise than your average de­vel­oper, but could it go even fur­ther? That’s some­thing Bracey is now ex­plor­ing.

“In part­ner­ship with the Un­real En­gine, we are devel­op­ing some­thing called Terra Forma, which will give ac­cess to games cre­ation to ev­ery­one, based on the most pow­er­ful 3D en­gine in the world,” he re­veals. “A suite of sim­ple but pow­er­ful tools, which will al­low ev­ery­one the means to bring their imag­i­na­tion to life within our plat­form.”

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