GameMaker Studio Standard is now completely free. This version of the popular 2D game development engine previously cost $49.99 and removed various limitations on the trial version of GameMaker Studio. The previous limited trial version has now been retired.
Recent promotions made GameMaker Studio Standard freely available for short periods of time, introducing thousands of new developers to the software. The success of these promotions likely influenced the decision to make GameMaker Studio Standard completely free. GameMaker is currently used by 1.2+ million active developers monthly and has fueled various success stories.
Users that download GameMaker Studio Standard may go on to purchase other tiers of the software, including the Professional edition or the Master Collection. These versions add support for exporting games to iOS, Android, HTML5, Mac OS X, PlayStation, and more.
Some notable changes have been made to GameMaker Studio Standard as part of this transition. Previously, exporting to Windows 8 and Mac OS X was included by default in GameMaker Studio Standard but that is no longer the case.
Concerning users who previously bought GameMaker Studio Standard, head of development Mike Dailly said, “If you bought GameMaker Studio in any shape or form, you’ll keep the exports you got as part of your purchase. So those who bought Standard previously, will keep the Mac export that was part of their purchase – same for Pro users.”
Additionally, games made in GameMaker Studio Standard will now include a “made with GameMaker” splashscreen in game, and you will need to register the software using an active email address.