Nintendo to provide free middleware to Wii U developers
One very interesting bit of news that has been floating around is that Nintendo have struck deals with Havok and Autodesk that will allow them to provide free copies of these companies’ so-called “middleware” – special software that stands between game developers and the hardware, which automates many complex development tasks.
The package includes Havok’s well-known physics engine, Scaleform (a program widely used by developers to create visual user interfaces), and several other professional tools. Normally, developers need to pay fees to license these technologies for use in their games; but if they’re developing for the Wii U, they get access to them free of charge.
While this won’t affect you directly as a gamer, I thought it was worth pointing this story out because it shows just how far Nintendo are going to gather third-party support for the Wii U. I mean, it doesn’t get much better for developers than free software development tools, right?
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