The gaming industry has come a long way over the years. From simple brick games about two decades ago, the world has moved to 3D game development. Game developers around the world are expanding their skills to entertain avid gamers with consistently immersive gaming experiences. As a $10 billion industry, it’s no fun for game developers, it’s serious business. Whether PC, Playstation, Xbox or mobile phone, 3D games are slowly but steadily overtaking their two-dimensional cousins.
This growth has been further fueled by the emergence of many offshore hubs where experienced game developers create, innovate and run new 3D games every day. There are many small and large companies that outsource their projects to these locations. The game developers use the latest tools and platforms to develop games. The games are extensively tested by experts before they are released to the market.
Popular 3D game tools
Autodesk 3ds Max One of the favorites among developers is a modeling, animation, and rendering package. Renowned games like Unreal Tournament, Need for Speed, Call of Duty, Half-Life and The Lord of the Rings were developed on this platform. Combining built-in features like Character Studio, Scene Explorer, and Key Framing, 3ds Max offers the best solution for game developers around the world. It has a flexible plugin architecture and can be used on the Microsoft Windows platform.
UNIT– It is an integrated authoring tool used to develop 3D projects mainly for the mobile platform and has some of the best iPhone and Android games on its account. Games like Batman Streets of Gotham, Foreign Legion, Enercities, Robot Rampage and Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 were developed on this platform. It can produce games for both Windows and Mac platforms. Recently, support for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been added to this platform. It is also used to develop browser games.
Autodesk Maya– This was Autodesk’s original tool and is popular in certain areas of developers. Renowned games like Madden NFL 2004, NASCAR Thunder, Halo 2 and Final Fantasy XI are developed with Maya. It works equally well on Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple Macintosh platforms. Maya comes with its own cross-platform scripting language, aptly named Maya Embedded Language.
Blender game engine– Mainly used for mobile game development, Blender Game Engine is a comprehensive open source 3D production suite. The Blender game engine is made robust with features like Python scripting and OpenAL 3D sound. Some of the most famous games developed on this platform are Yo Frankie!, Boro-Toro and DukDuk!
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