So, the Discourse forum bot has just thanked me for participating, and invited me to start a new topic. I hope it won’t regret it…
I’d first like to say that, personally, I’m very interested in Lumberyard and its potential. But, I must be honest and tell you that when discussing the selection of an engine with my colleagues, I’m about the only one who feels positive about it. This does sound harsh, but I do believe that being straight about the response I’ve had is important, and is intended as constructive criticism. Here are some of the comments that have been made.
“It lacks clarity about its direction and future.”
“How could we commit to an engine that seems to be in perpetual beta, with no roadmap and clear milestones?”
“There were major layoffs and problems in the Amazon games division, and this has the look of one of those corporate experiments that is on life-support and waiting for the axe to fall.”
“Hardly anyone but hobbyists seem to be using it, and their videos get a couple of dozen views. If Amazon were really committed to it, they would be making a much bigger push to launch, support, and promote it properly, given their vast resources.”
It think it’s important to note that none of the concerns are related to the quality of the engine itself, but more about confidence in the project, overall. I think it would help to have a major “state of Lumberyard” update, and a clear display of renewed commitment from Amazon. I think it is also essential that we have a clear roadmap, and a schedule for a milestone to leave beta status. Updates on the Lumberyard blog are always about what has just been released, but rarely about what to expect going forward.
There are many things I like about the engine, I’d love to explore its potential, and I hate to sound negative about it. But, the truth is that at the moment it really is a hard sell.