GameMaker Studio platform begins closed beta
|Richard Harris in Game Development Thursday, March 23, 2017|
Game developers on Mac will soon receive access to the GameMaker Studio platform from Yo Yo Games.
The Mac IDE closed beta for GameMaker Studio 2 will bring enhancements since the release of GameMaker for Mac in 2011. GameMaker Studio 2 features rich functionality that take the 2D game development environment to a new level. Beginners with limited to no coding experience will rest assured as the trademarked Drag and Drop system (DnD) translates into actual code, while professional developers retain access to a powerful programming language and comprehensive set of tools for advance exporting and rapid deployment across all leading platforms including mobile, console and desktop.
- Level editing features: New layer-based level editing with level inheritance to create multiple stages at once and an advanced tiling system for developers to create more complex visuals.
- Cross-platform export: GameMaker Studio 2 on Windows PC and Mac OS X is capable of game development across multiple platforms including Windows Desktop, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and more;
- Native extensions: Game Maker Language (GML) supports all native targets to simplify the cross-platform development.
- Workflow enhancements: Other enhancements to GameMaker Studio 2 on Mac OS include a seamless path from DnD to actual code, powerful new editors with real-time updates from one editor to another, a completely redesigned user interface and cross platform source level debugging
GameMaker Studio 2 for Windows PC is currently available for purchase through YoYo Games’ website and Steam starting at $99.99.
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