The HeroEngine is making waves in MMO development circles these days, primarily as a result of BioWare's
having used it to build Star Wars: The Old Republic
. Idea Fabrik
says thousands of would-be developers have licensed the tool suite in recent weeks.
The firm has also seen a sharp increase in subscribers for its HeroCloud service offering, which is basically a hosted system for making online RPGs, FPS titles, and social/casual games. Idea Fabrik COO Neil Harris
says the technology is now a proven commodity thanks to its widespread adoption. "We crossed a major milestone once large games built on HeroEngine proved that our server technology can handle a hugely successful game. This lowers the perceived risk of developers in adopting the HeroEngine platform," he said.
The HeroEngine is also powering several indie sandbox titles, including Origins of Malu
, The Repopulation
, and Dominus
. The engine was initially developed
for a now-defunct MMO called Hero's Journey
[Source: Idea Fabrik press release]