GDC 2015: All the news from March 2nd

GDC 2015: All the news from March 2nd
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

March 3rd 2015 at 12:18PM

All the biggest announcements and insights from the last 24 hours

This year’s Game Developers Conference got off to a flying start yesterday with the announcement of new engines, virtual reality devices and game-changing changes to the tools space.

The big news, of course, was Epic’s decision to make Unreal Engine 4 free to download to everyone, including the source code behind the developer’s powerful technology.

Meanwhile, Autodesk finally showed its hand as it promised to reveal more about its first game engine, Stingray, in San Francisco later this week. And Valve unveiled its virtual reality headset, Vive VR, built in partnership with HTC.

There were also updates on the latest tools for leading providers such as Audiokinetic, Firelight and Ikinema.

You can keep up to date with all of our GDC coverage at www.develop-online.net/gdc, or by checking our handy All the news in one place round-up.

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Here’s all of the GDC news from Monday, March 2nd:

Unreal Engine goes free
Valve partners with HTC for Vive VR headset
Firelight adds FMOD.io online features to FMOD Studio
Audiokinetic teams up with Steinberg for Nuendo 7
Autodesk to debut Stingray Game Engine at GDC 
Maya LT 2016 adds advanced animation tools and content storefront
Ikinema getting integrated into Unreal Engine 4
Couchbase Mobile announced for Unity developers
AI suite MASA Life to be shown at GDC
Marmalade demonstrating Chromecast extension at GDC