on Friday released a demo of its Torque Game Engine. The multiplatform game development technology demonstration is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.
The Torque Game Engine (TGE) is the same 3D game engine used to develop Sierra’s Tribes 2 game. It features scripting, geometry, particle effects, animation and texturing and multiplayer networking code.
The TGE was created by Sierra subsidiary Dynamix, but that development team left and created GarageGames. GarageGames’ goal is to licenses TGE to independent game developers for as little as US$100 — as opposed to the sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars developers have to outlay to get their hands on the latest 3D gaming technology.
TGE has already been used to create a series of games for multiple platforms including Marble Blast, Orbz, ThinkTanks and others. Now the demo gives potential developers an idea of what they can do with TGE.
The v1.2 demo includes details on terrain, interior, water and the mesh rendering engine features, Torque Script, GUI System & Editor and the Torque Networking layer, according to the developers. What’s more, demo users will experience a walk through “Orc Town,” which highlights key elements of the TGE Software Development Kit (SDK) — features like sun lights, baked in shadows, interior spaces, skeletal animations and more. A multiplayer FPS demo and a multiplayer offroad racing demo is also included.
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