There’s been quite a bit of news recently regarding game engines and game creation tools:
CryENGINE – In an “open letter to the Crytek Modding Community”, Crytek’s Cevat Yerli announced (via Crymod) that a free CryENGINE SDK will be released to the public in August 2011. This free SDK will be well-documented and kept up-to-date with the advances being made to CryENGINE 3. Developers looking to sell their work digitally will be offered “an innovative low-cost licensing model”.
Game Maker – YoYoGames has released version 8.1 of their game-making tool, which includes some long-due features, such as block-tabbing in the code editor and the removal of SoftWrap. GM 8.1 will cost $25 until June, when the price will be raised to $40. People who own 8.0 will get the upgrade for free. On top of that, YYG has released a video (above) that teases an upcoming edition of GM which will feature multi-platform export (PC, Mac OSX, iOS, Android, HTML5).
Flixel – Dethmuffin in the comments mentioned that Flixel, the open source Flash game library, has reached version 2.5. I didn’t realize it had such a spiffy new website, either!
Construct 2 – Scirra is also working on a new version of Construct, another open-source game creation tool that people have compared favorably to Game Maker. Construct 2 is being redesigned from the ground up to export HTML5 games and you can start playing with preview builds already.