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Streamline your game development processes and release your games faster with Wrike's work management software. Wrike helps you increase work transparency by accumulating all requests, tasks, and discussions into a single workspace. Thanks to Wrike's integration with Github and Adobe Creative Cloud, multiple teams can quickly share tasks with each other in Wrike even if they still use specific apps for their work. Free trial available. Learn more about Wrike

Streamline your game development processes and release your games faster with Wrike's work management software Learn more about Wrike

Companies around the world use Hansoft to ship both indie all the way to the most complex AAA games. Hansoft provides blistering fast project management software for team collaboration and management in Agile and traditional development of products and services. Native Windows, OS X and Linux application with both on-premise and hosted option available. Learn more about Hansoft

Hansoft provides solutions for team collaboration and management in Agile and traditional development of video games Learn more about Hansoft

Includes project templates, graphics diagnostics, shader editor, and frame analysis for 2D/3D games and interactive content building. Learn more about Visual Studio

Includes project templates, graphics diagnostics, shader editor, and frame analysis for 2D/3D games and interactive content building. Learn more about Visual Studio

Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that allow you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications. Learn more about Google Cloud Platform

Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that allow you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications. Learn more about Google Cloud Platform

Blender

by Blender Foundation

Ultra-realistic rendering system that includes GPU & CPU rendering, modeling, video editor, sculpting, simulations, and more. Learn more about Blender

Ultra-realistic rendering system that includes GPU & CPU rendering, modeling, video editor, sculpting, simulations, and more. Learn more about Blender

Unity

by Unity Technologies

2D and 3D development platform that offers audience engagement, retention, and monetization tools. Learn more about Unity

2D and 3D development platform that offers audience engagement, retention, and monetization tools. Learn more about Unity

Game development suite for creating 3D films, visualization, training simulations with visual scripting, AI, persona animation, etc. Learn more about Unreal Engine

Game development suite for creating 3D films, visualization, training simulations with visual scripting, AI, persona animation, etc. Learn more about Unreal Engine

Multi-platform game development system with drag & drop capabilities, built-in shader editing, user engagement and real-time analytics. Learn more about GameMaker: Studio

Multi-platform game development system with drag & drop capabilities, built-in shader editing, user engagement and real-time analytics. Learn more about GameMaker: Studio

Assembla

by Assembla

The only on demand Perforce provider in the cloud, #1 SVN hosting provider and seamless Github integration. Learn more about Assembla

The only on demand Perforce provider in the cloud, #1 SVN hosting provider and seamless Github integration. Learn more about Assembla

Helix Core

by Perforce VCS

Enterprise-class version control that enables faster, more collaborative development among teams without putting your IP at risk. Learn more about Helix Core

Enterprise-class version control that enables faster, more collaborative development among teams without putting your IP at risk. Learn more about Helix Core

Amazon Lumberyard

by Amazon Web Services

3D game engine designed to build games and fan communities. Offers VR preview mode, visual scripting tools, and Twitch integration. Learn more about Amazon Lumberyard

3D game engine designed to build games and fan communities. Offers VR preview mode, visual scripting tools, and Twitch integration. Learn more about Amazon Lumberyard

Live streaming system for broadcasting and video production with high fidelity sound. Learn more about XSplit Broadcaster

Live streaming system for broadcasting and video production with high fidelity sound. Learn more about XSplit Broadcaster

GameSalad

by GameSalad

Codeless game design, publishing, and distribution platform that can be used by developers and educators in Computer Science teaching. Learn more about GameSalad

Codeless game design, publishing, and distribution platform that can be used by developers and educators in Computer Science teaching. Learn more about GameSalad

Torque 3D

by GarageGames

Open source game development solution for web and desktop 3D games and simulations production. Learn more about Torque 3D

Open source game development solution for web and desktop 3D games and simulations production. Learn more about Torque 3D

Cooladata

by Cooladata

Cooladata is a data warehousing and visualization solution optimized for gaming companies. Ideal for small to mid-sized data teams. Learn more about Cooladata

Cooladata is a data warehousing and visualization solution optimized for gaming companies. Ideal for small to mid-sized data teams. Learn more about Cooladata

Stencyl

by Stencyl

Web, mobile, and desktop game creation software with drag & drop interface, scene design, and actor editing tools. No coding required. Learn more about Stencyl

Web, mobile, and desktop game creation software with drag & drop interface, scene design, and actor editing tools. No coding required. Learn more about Stencyl

GameSparks

by Game Sparks Technologies

Game BaaS for game developers. Designed to build core game configuration, manage live gaming operation, test your game, and more. Learn more about GameSparks

Game BaaS for game developers. Designed to build core game configuration, manage live gaming operation, test your game, and more. Learn more about GameSparks

Buildbox is a drag and drop game engine that anyone can use to create beautiful games for a myriad of platforms. No coding is required. Learn more about Buildbox

Buildbox is a drag and drop game engine that anyone can use to create beautiful games for a myriad of platforms. No coding is required. Learn more about Buildbox

Gamebryo

by Gamebase

Modular 3D game development solution with rapid prototyping and production to provide iterative development process. Learn more about Gamebryo

Modular 3D game development solution with rapid prototyping and production to provide iterative development process. Learn more about Gamebryo

GDevelop

by GDevelop

Open-source tool for mobile, HTML5 and native games creation using ready made objects and capabilities. No programming required. Learn more about GDevelop

Open-source tool for mobile, HTML5 and native games creation using ready made objects and capabilities. No programming required. Learn more about GDevelop

Game development tools that allow you to model and render animated trees and plants. Learn more about SpeedTree for Games

Game development tools that allow you to model and render animated trees and plants. Learn more about SpeedTree for Games

3D Crafter

by Amabilis Software

3D modelling and animation solution for creating, transforming, sculpting, and painting 3D shapes. Learn more about 3D Crafter

3D modelling and animation solution for creating, transforming, sculpting, and painting 3D shapes. Learn more about 3D Crafter

BRIOVR

by BRIOVR

Cloud-based virtual reality and 360 video support services without the hassle of coding. Learn more about BRIOVR

Cloud-based virtual reality and 360 video support services without the hassle of coding. Learn more about BRIOVR

Akeytsu

by Nukeygara

3D animation tools that automates and optimizes the process of creating and manipulating of 3D characters. Learn more about Akeytsu

3D animation tools that automates and optimizes the process of creating and manipulating of 3D characters. Learn more about Akeytsu

Bforartists

by Bforartists

Complete software solution for creating 3D content including games, movies, and art. Learn more about Bforartists

Complete software solution for creating 3D content including games, movies, and art. Learn more about Bforartists

devtodev

by devtodev

An intelligent game analytics system that helps to identify problems in app performance, find the points of growth and more. Learn more about devtodev

An intelligent game analytics system that helps to identify problems in app performance, find the points of growth and more. Learn more about devtodev

GameBench

by GameBench

GameBench is a suite of tools that allows anybody to quickly and easily test the performance of an app, game, or device. Learn more about GameBench

GameBench is a suite of tools that allows anybody to quickly and easily test the performance of an app, game, or device. Learn more about GameBench

GameBook

by Experimental Game

Collaborative tool that makes it easy to create, edit, and publish your digital content. Learn more about GameBook

Collaborative tool that makes it easy to create, edit, and publish your digital content. Learn more about GameBook

Improbable

by Improbable

Platform-as-a-Service gaming platform that solves mainstream production and technical challenges of creating multiplayer games. Learn more about Improbable

Platform-as-a-Service gaming platform that solves mainstream production and technical challenges of creating multiplayer games. Learn more about Improbable

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What is Game Development Software?

Game Development software helps individual developers, gaming companies and educational institutions create, distribute, and monetize games. These solutions often offer additional capabilities such as user behavior analytics, marketing, and social features.


Game Development Software Buyers' Guide

1. What is game development software?

Game development software enables businesses, freelancers, and academic institutions to build, distribute, and monetize games. These systems streamline the development process and reduce operational costs through automation and predefined gaming templates. Most game development software solutions include additional capabilities such as user behavior analytics, marketing management, and social features. 


2. The benefits of game development software

  • Reduced operational costs: Game development solutions help organizations quickly write game codes with the help of predefined templates to reduce project time and required resources. These templates reduce human coding errors, and drive development costs down through the use of reusable code. This helps project leaders minimize project costs by streamlining involved processes.
  • Increased collaboration: Game development platforms allow coding teams to seamlessly collaborate and efficiently manage projects through functionalities such as task management, live chat, asset management, and more. These collaboration tools also let managers track the team's performance and ensure timely project completion.

3. Typical features of game development software

  • Code-free development: Allows developers to create wizards and visual interfaces for game development without writing code. 
  • Animation: Allows developers to create, customize, and add animations to a game. 
  • Integrated development environment: Provides a graphical user interface for testing, debugging, and compiling code. 
  • Physics simulation: Implement laws of physics within a game. 
  • Prototyping: Create, manage, and provide access to prototypes.

4. The cost of game development software

Most products in the market are priced on a "per user, per month" basis, and can be divided into three pricing tiers based on their starting price:

Price ranges*:

  • $0 - $12
  • $12 - $25
  • $25+

* The pricing included in this list is for the entry-level/lowest priced offering found on vendor websites on November 29, 2018. These ranges correspond to the 25th, 75th and 100th percentiles of the pricing information found on vendor websites of sample products.

The above list summarizes pricing for the base plans of most products. Enterprise or premium products that are priced higher often include additional features such as in-game analytics, simulations, 3D gaming, player management, and virtual reality. 


5. Considerations when purchasing game development software

  • Integration with third-party solutions: Integration is one of the most critical factors for businesses to evaluate when purchasing game development software. Since developers often need access to best-of-breed functionalities - such as asset management, advanced analytics, video editing, and content modeling - available as third-party integrations, it's important for businesses to select game development solutions that work with their existing or desired tools. 
  • Pricing considerations: The game development software market offers hundreds of solutions with varying pricing models (e.g. subscriptions, one-time licensing, and per user, per month). Pricing also varies based on software capabilities, inclusion of advanced features (e.g. virtual reality, 3D gaming, artificial intelligence), customer support, training, and database management. Software buyers should carefully determine what is included at which price points to calculate their total cost of ownership before making a purchase. 

6. Relevant game development software

  • Games will get smarter with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies: Mainstream adoption of AI technology in the gaming industry will transform the market, resulting in smarter and more engaging products/experiences. With the help of AI-enhanced recommendation engines, developers will be able to suggest additional/new products to customers based on their past playing behaviors and purchases, increasing both customer retention rates and revenue. According to our research, over the next three to five years almost all software applications - including game development software -will contain some level of AI functionality. 
  • Virtual reality to revolutionize gaming: Successful use cases of virtual reality games have sent waves across the gaming community; games like Pokemon Go have set a new standard by providing an immersive, augmented reality experience. In the coming years, we expect virtual reality technologies to have a greater impact on educational games by providing interactive learning exercises to achieve higher engagement levels. According to our research, 33% of small businesses will adopt virtual reality technologies to train their employees in the coming years. Expect the gaming industry to increase its focus on these areas to capture this growing market of educational gamification. 

Sources

Products evaluated for pricing calculation were taken from Capterra's directory (sorted by "most reviewed"). The pricing ranges exclude freemium versions of these products. The highlighted features were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's database that offer them. 

The following sources were used for this document:

  1. Top 5 Tech Trends for Small Business, Capterra (Date accessed: November 29, 2018)
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