If you purchased Game Maker 7 Pro this year you can have a free upgrade to Game Maker 8 Pro.
Writing today on the YoYo Games blog Sandy Duncan said “if you PAID for Game Maker 7 any time in 2009 we will be offering a free upgrade to Game Maker 8″. YoYo Games’ original intention was to give customers who purchased the pro version of Game Maker 7 after June 1st this year a free upgrade Game Maker 8 pro. However, in what appears to be a very generous move, all purchases made in the previous five months will now also receive this bonus.
If you purchased an upgrade to Game Maker (5, 6 or 7) before the start of the year you will need to purchase Game Maker 8 Pro if you wish to make use extra features including particles, extension packages and additional actions.