Fri 13th Jul 2012 | News
Autodesk has announced new versions of Scaleform UI middleware for mobile game development.
Autodesk has flagged new versions of Autodesk Scaleform UI middleware for mobile game development, offering an Adobe Flash-based gaming and application platform, as well as a new Unity game engine plug-in.
Scaleform has helped game developers create immersive UI for at least 1,000 triple-A titles, such as "Gears of War," "Crysis 2" and "Deus Ex: Human Revolution." The new, affordable releases make this powerful technology accessible to developers creating iOS and Android platform games or apps with tighter production budgets.
An evaluation version of Autodesk Scaleform for Unity and mobile game development is currently available on the Autodesk Gameware website. The products are expected to be available in select countries on the Autodesk eStore this summer. Scaleform will be licensed as a Unity Engine plug-in or as a mobile SDK for US$295 per platform, per seat.
"These new versions of Scaleform were created to address growing interest from outside of the triple-A games market. Inspired by innovative use cases of the technology, we first expanded the middleware's mobile game toolsets and tutorials, and are now making Scaleform accessible to more developers," said Marc Petit, Autodesk senior vice president, Media & Entertainment.
There are three methods to develop mobile games and apps with the new releases of Scaleform:
Unity Game Engine: Scaleform middleware's new Unity plug-in provides an out-of-the-box integration that allows Unity developers to create triple-A quality game UI and menu screens using Flash. This integration is designed to work as a native plug-in to the Unity engine and requires no C++ programming.
Third-Party and Mobile Engine: The Scaleform software development kit (SDK) is supported by extensive documentation and can be easily integrated into a variety of third-party and proprietary mobile engines, to help developers create triple-A quality UI and menus more quickly.
Standalone Development Platform: Scaleform middleware's cross-platform, highly optimized Flash playback capabilities make it an ideal standalone solution for developing games and applications for iOS and Android devices. Additional product highlights are: rapid deployment of Flash content, ActionScript 3 and C++ programming for game logic, and a small memory footprint.