Last month FierceDeveloper discussed Intel subsidiary Havok in a story about how mobile gaming engines like Unity are making bigger efforts to court indie devs by waiving fees or providing extra functionality. The competition will be tougher than ever now that Havok has released Project Anarchy, a completely free gaming engine that was created through a combination of its Havok Vision Engine, Havok Physics, Havok Animation and Havok AI technologies.
Though many of its toolset are Windows-only, Intel said Project Anarchy will allow developers to create mobile games that can be published to iOS, Android or Tizen, a new mobile OS developed with Samsung that's still in the works.
Immediately following its release, several developers commenting on social media sounded thrilled by the idea of having an alternative to the established game engines.
Unleash anarchy! http://t.co/zm8wQKf1qE— Clodéric Mars (Pro) (@clodericmars) June 26, 2013
Great free mobile game engine for all you budding indie devs out there! Havok Unleashes Project Anarchy http://t.co/JbHsxJiq6a— Colin Martin (@cmdluke) June 25, 2013
Some wondered how vendors would respond.
This is huge for Intel, and also the Intel XDK (cloud-based dev tool). How will Microsoft respond? http://t.co/P0b4KolS5z— Prof. Nick Flor (@ProfessorF) June 27, 2013
Good luck fighting back Unity3D world domination... "Havok Unleashes Project Anarchy, A Free 3D Mobile Game Engine" http://t.co/OSVJy1FvNK— Virgile Delporte (@_vd_) June 26, 2013
Though obviously aimed at existing game developers, Havok has indicated it hopes Project Anarchy will encourage others to start making titles for the first time. There's reason to believe that some technology professionals will do so.
Developers can download Havok's Project Anarchy engine here.