In a surprise move that would worry any game developer, an acquisition of a game engine loved by hundreds of thousands can be a bit of a big deal.
Playtech who has acquired Yoyo Games and their 750,000 registered developers has been quick to state no big changes will happen to the current pricing model and updates are still in the works.
In an interview with a spokesperson from Playtech, they outline the goals for the future of Game Maker.
We will continue to cater for and build on the loyal community GameMaker and YoYo have developed, as well as investing more resources into improving and making the system faster, more efficient, user-friendly and appeal to a wider professional games developer audience.
The wider plan is Gamemaker 2.0. This is under development and will be completed later this year.
An Interesting mention of Gamemaker 2.0, That was announced back in July may include a new subscription model for developers.
With the current version of Game Maker being 1.4 for a lifetime license, it looks like many developers may need to subscribe to version 2, or continue until support for version 1. xx stops, could this be sooner than many expect?
Are you working on a Game Maker powered game?, What are your thoughts, do you think this will affect you?