YoYoGames announced today that they have released a new build target for GameMaker Studio: Ubuntu Linux. It’s great to see YYG supporting Linux as a target platform, even if GameMaker does not embrace opensource principles. To add the Ubuntu build target to GM Studio Pro, it’s $99; if you have a Master Collection, it’s a free addition.
Master Collection is becoming an increasingly good deal with all the additional components provided and any new ones that come out entitled to Master Collection licensees.
Any time YYG releases a major new feature for GameMaker, I revise my wishlist for what I’d like to see from them next. Here’s what I’d like to see in future releases of Game Maker:
- An upgrade path for developers with Professional to Master Collection.
- Native IDE for Linux and Mac OS developers. The day a Native IDE comes out, I may not need to boot Windows anymore.
- Flash build target. (I know HTML5 is supposed to be the future, but Flash is still a relevant platform.)
- Support for other source control, especially git.
- Integration of some standard, cross-platform GUI widget toolkit like Qt or GTK to make creating user controls and forms easier.
- Native XML support (not relying on extensions)
- Project templates for common types of games, eg platformer, rts, etc. with library or namespace-like built-in classes for common objects already implemented