Amazon Lumberyard
Amazon Lumberyard logo
Developer(s)Amazon Game Tech
Preview release
beta 1.28 / May 19, 2021; 14 months ago (2021-05-19)[1]
Written inC++[2] and Lua[3]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows Linux
SuccessorOpen 3D Engine
LicenseProprietary (source-available)

Amazon Lumberyard is a now-superseded freeware cross-platform game engine developed by Amazon and based on CryEngine (initially released in 2002), which was licensed from Crytek in 2015.[4][5][6] In July 2021, Amazon and the Linux Foundation announced that parts of the engine would be used to create a new open source game engine called Open 3D Engine, which would replace it. A new Open 3D Foundation, run by the Linux Foundation, will manage the new engine, which will be licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license.[7] [8] The new engine is reportedly partially based on Lumberyard but with many parts rewritten, and is considered a new engine.[9][10][8]

The Lumberyard engine features integration with Amazon Web Services to allow developers to build or host their games on Amazon's servers, as well as support for livestreaming via Twitch.[11] Additionally, the engine includes Twitch ChatPlay, allowing viewers of the Twitch stream to influence the game through the associated chat, a method of play inspired by the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon.[12] The source code is available to end users with limitations: Users may not publicly release the Lumberyard engine source code or use it to release their own game engine.[13] Lumberyard launched on February 9, 2016 alongside GameLift, a fee-based managed service for deploying and hosting multiplayer games, intended to allow developers the easy development of games that attract "large and vibrant communities of fans."[14] As of March 2018, the software is currently in beta status and can be used to build games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,[15][14] with limited support for iOS and Android and support for macOS being planned for future releases.[13][16] Virtual reality integration was added in Beta 1.3, allowing developers to build games supporting devices like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.[17][18]

Despite being based on the architecture of Crytek's CryEngine, the engine has been developed to use many of its own custom developed systems, some of which are in a preview mode. A few of these systems include the Component Entity System, Fur Shader, Modular Gems (which allows developers to either create their own assets or add existing assets to their games), and the Script Canvas.[19][20]

The audio solution Audiokinetic Wwise, which is used in many popular games, was added in Beta 1.0 released in February 2016.[21]

The first update to Lumberyard was released on March 14, 2016 and included support for certain mobile devices, such as A8-powered iOS devices and Nvidia Shield, an FBX importer and integration with Allegorithmic's texturing software Substance.[16][22]

On August 16, 2017, the engine's source code was released under a source-available arrangement on GitHub, but remained under a proprietary license.[23][24]

On July 6, 2021, Amazon announced it was partnering with the Linux Foundation to form the Open 3D Foundation and would be releasing a new version of Lumberyard, rebranded as Open 3D Engine (O3DE), under the Apache-2.0 open source license.[25][26]

Games using Amazon Lumberyard

Release date Title Genre Platform Developer Publisher
TBA Squadron 42 Story-based Single-player, Space combat, first-person shooter Microsoft Windows Cloud Imperium Games, Foundry 42 Cloud Imperium Games
TBA Star Citizen MMO, Space trading and combat, first-person shooter Microsoft Windows Cloud Imperium Games, Foundry 42 Cloud Imperium Games
Cancelled The DRG Initiative[27] Third-person shooter TBA Slingshot Cartel TBA
TBA (changed engine) Deadhaus Sonata[a][29] Action role-playing video game TBA Apocalypse Studios Apocalypse Studios
September 28, 2021[30] New World[31] MMO Microsoft Windows Amazon Games Orange County Amazon Games
January 15, 2019 The Grand Tour Game Racing PlayStation 4, Xbox One Amazon Game Studios Seattle Amazon Game Studios
October 25, 2018 Coffence Fighting game Microsoft Windows Sweet Bandits Studios Sweet Bandits Studios
Cancelled[32] Crucible Third-person shooter Microsoft Windows Relentless Studios Amazon Game Studios
Cancelled Breakaway MOBA Microsoft Windows Amazon Game Studios Amazon Game Studios



  1. ^ Apocalypse Studios initially developed Deadhaus Sonata using Amazon Lumberyard,[28][29] but later switched to Open 3D Engine because of its professional graphics quality and support for customizations that improve the game's capabilities.[28]


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  32. ^ "Final Crucible Developer Update". Crucible. October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 10, 2020.