Game Maker engine expands to HTML5

Game Maker engine expands to HTML5

By Rob Crossley

September 22nd 2011 at 3:18PM

Popular 'entry-level' engine now supports all browsers

Middleware firm YoYo Games is finalising a HTML5 version of its highly accessible Game Maker editor.

Game Maker – already available for PC, PSP, Mac, Android and iOS – allows aspiring developers to create games without requiring a deep background in coding.

The tech’s simple drag-and-drop interface has been built to entice amateur dev enthusiasts, and has fostered a dev community since its founding in the late nineties.

UK group YoYo Games said the tech outputs games in HTML5-compatible JavaScript, “allowing games to be deployed immediately to any web server and compatible browser on any platform, be it desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet, without any plugins or additional installs required”.

A commercial beta of GameMaker: HTML5 is available at a pre-release price of $99.

“GameMaker: HTML5 is a huge step forward for the Game Maker lineage and we’re very proud to have launched this new version, which brings game and web content creation within the reach of anyone with the inclination to try our package,” said YoYo CEO Sandy Duncan.

“As the HTML5 wave begins break across the web and it becomes adopted as the de-facto standard, GameMaker: HTML5 will undoubtedly lead the revolution in easily created, easily deployable content that’s richer and more complex than ever before,” he added.