Got some great smartphone game ideas and Flash talent, but no budget and little to no programming savvy? Autodesk's Scaleform for Mobile Platforms could let you launch those ideas from a catapult, cannon or any game weapon of your choice -- all you'll need is Adobe creation tools and $299. That's the price per platform (iOS, Android or Windows 8,) giving you tools to convert your Flash assets and animations into a full blown Unity game, as well as the engine necessary for the mobile OS. That would let your creation take full advantage of the latest smartphone graphics and multi-processing capabilities, giving users smoother play and sharper looking games -- according to the company. The software is heavily based on the console and PC versions of Scaleform, optimized for the small devices and costing thousands less. So, if you think you've got the mad Flash skillz to create the next Infinity Blade, check the PR and video after the break to see how to power up.
Autodesk Announces Scaleform for Unity Engine and Mobile Game Development
A Leading User Interface Solution Offers Standalone Mobile Platform and Unity Plug-in at Affordable Price
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 10, 2012 - Autodesk Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced new versions of Autodesk Scaleform user interface (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.
"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.
Developing Games and Apps with Autodesk Scaleform Middleware
Autodesk Scaleform leverages the power of the Adobe Flash toolset and provides streamlined, artist-driven workflows that help developers create UI environments and full 2D games more quickly. 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.
Learn More About Mobile Game Development with Autodesk Scaleform Middleware
For more information or to register for a webinar on Scaleform for mobile game development visit the Autodesk Gameware website (http://gameware.autodesk.com). Also connect with the Scaleform development community at the Game Developer Zone on AREA, or view demo videos of the product at the Autodesk Gameware YouTube site (http://www.youtube.com/autodeskgameware).
Pricing & Availability
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.* For more license information visit the Autodesk Gameware website.
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*International pricing may vary.
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