Leadwerks 4.2 was just released. Leadwerks is a 3D game engine that claims to be “the easiest way to create 3D games”. Leadwerks runs on Windows and Linux and is scripted using Lua (while the Professional edition offers C++ support as well). The 4.2 release is a free upgrade for existing customers. The 4.2 release brings several new fixes and features including gameanalytics.com integration, graphics improvements like ray traced reflections, heat haze and soft particles and more. A major character animation bug on Linux has finally been resolved as well. The following is the official press release from Leadwerks:
Leadwerks Game Engine 4.2 Released
Leadwerks Game Engine 4.2 is now available on Steam. This update adds new features to make game development easier than ever. The free update goes out today to over 10,000 paid users on Steam.
Version 4.2 integrates analytics into Leadwerks games with a free gameanalytics.com account. This allows developers to view statistics on player behavior and identify any trouble spots their game might have as players progress through levels. By viewing a summary of all player behavior, developers can make data-driven decisions and get real-time information instead of relying solely on written feedback.
New graphical features make Leadwerks games more beautiful, including fast ray-traced reflections with a new post-processing effect called screen-space reflection (SSR). Easy heat haze, glass refraction, and soft particles can now be added to games just by dragging a prefab into the scene. Textures can now be added to spotlights to project an image onto walls.
New animation commands and a built-in animation management system make it easier to display game characters with fluid movements. Just set the sequence to play, add a transition time, and the engine will automatically manage and play a queue of blended animations. A bug that sometimes caused animated characters to render incorrectly on Linux has also been fixed.
It’s now easier to purchase items in the Leadwerks Workshop Store. Clicking on the buy button in the editor will open the selected item in the Steam client, instead of requiring you to log into the Steam website through a web browser.
The professional edition has been upgraded to Visual Studio 2015, and is now compatible with the latest version of GCC with C++11 support.
The Leadwerks Winter Games Tournament is running until January 15th, and there’s still time to create a mini-game and publish to Steam Workshop. All participants receive a prize, including stickers, posters, shirts, hoodies, and even Steam controllers.
Leadwerks Game Engine and the Professional Edition DLC are both on sale during the Steam Winter Sale with an 80% discount. Leadwerks Game Launcher can be downloaded for free on Steam.
Leadwerks Professional is currently heavily discounted on Steam, available for 80% off.