Wanted! Your Predictions for 2009
January 7, 2009
Game Maker 8 released?
Officially this is due to be released in 2009 however if the delays experienced when creating the Mac version are anything to go by we will probably be looking at 2011. Work has clearly not begun on the ‘Maker’ part (see below).
“The first priority has been to get the runner into C++. The dev work for this is feature complete and we are in early testing. Separately we will start work on the Maker part later this year, though we haven’t as yet decided if this will be done in C++ or some other platform. (We could for example keep it in Delphi or maybe use C#).”
– Sandy Duncan’s response to my question published in Game Maker Tech‘s 14th issue
Game Maker for Mac released?
The closed-beta was released to testers in November 2008, however there do appear to be a number of bugs and incompatibilities. One of the testers, Dangerous Dave, has more about the Mac Beta on his blog.
Game Maker loses market share?
As you may have been able to tell from my recent post entitled 5 reasons why Construct is better than GameMaker I am excited about the launch of this new game development program. It is easy to use and certainly is better than Game Maker in some areas. Whereas previously touted potential alternatives to Game Maker such as Stencyl and GameSalad have failed to materialise publicly, Construct is available to download now but without the media hype.
YoYo Games reaches 50,000 games online?
Over the past two months YoYo Games has been growing by, on average, 60 games a day.
There are currently almost 29,000 games online, so if games continue to be uploaded at the current rate 50,000 games should just be reached by the end of 2009. The number of uploads is influenced by competitions however, and of course the website could increase or decrease in popularity.
One or more of the well-established Game Maker magazines will stop producing?
2008 certainly wasn’t as strong a year for GMTech and MarkUp as 2007 (see 2008 Review: Game Maker Magazines). Could this be the year we see one of them disappear? I don’t think so but It looks like we have seen the last of the near-monthly releases we came to expect in 2007. I think GMWeekly also fits into this ‘established’ category now and I would not be surprised to see them vanish or vastly change their focus.
We see a battle between GMTV and GMVision?
There is already a history of hirings, firings or walking-outs and cease and desist letter sending between these two Game Maker video services, and this is without GMVision having released an episode and nothing emerging from GMTV for a good few months. I am amazed that there is even one Game Maker video show.
What are your predictions for Game Maker and the community that surrounds it in 2009?