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Friday, January 12, 2001
New 3D Game Development Engine
10:47 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

We recently received word about a new Mac-only 3D engine from the makers of
Tanks of Terror which will be free and run under OS X; currently it runs only under Mac OS X Public Beta. Known as
dimension3, this flexible engine and editing suite will have many impressive features , and be completely free
for any developers to use it (providing they are creating freeware games). An initial beta should be available
in a few weeks. Here are excerpts from the press release:

A number of very talented individuals have created professional maps and mods to many popular 3D action games...  They have two big problems: they are working within systems that were only meant to be extended as far as the original design needed; and they can't sell their creations.

Enter dimension3.  This is a game creation system designed from the ground up for mod work.  Everything is controllable by scripts, they can send messages, create events, spawn or destroy objects, alter any segment of the map, control animations, changing lighting, sounds, or even basic low-level map interaction parameters.  All scripting is done through an object module in JavaScript, so even those with little programming experience can use it.

The system is designed to be a rapid-application environment, with a powerful map editor that allows you to create complex maps quickly.  Everything in the maps are uniquely tagged, from the polygon segments to ambient sound effects, and can be altered from scripts.

dimension3 delivers an engine as powerful as any today, but with the added benefit of the ability to continually upgrade the engine without causing any rework on those using it.  It uses many standard APIs, including OpenGL, OpenAL, Mozzila's JavaScript, and OpenPlay/NSp.

The best part:  The development kit is free to everybody.  If you don't charge for your creations, then it's completely free.  If you sell it, then we'll discuss a small, no-risk %: probably 5%-10% (most likely 5%) on your sales.  There is no up-front fee.  Other deals can be reached!

Later releases will be to the general public, but for the initial testing phase, we'd like to gather a group of testers who have made maps or mods before.  If this is something you'd like to test/use, send me email at, giving me a site where I can see what work you've done before.  Companies are welcome! The current builds run in OS X PB only, but will appear for other systems when it's closer to release.  The first release will happen in roughly 2-3 weeks.  Together, we can make this one of the "killer" OS X applications Apple is looking for!

Though we have yet to see what dimension3 can do, we're excited to see a new
Mac-only (and OS X compatible) 3D engine out there. We'll be sure to bring you
more info as it becomes available. Also check out the author's game Tanks of Terror (though it was made with a different engine), which is available now at MacGameFiles.

Tanks of Terror 1.1 (7.5 MB)
Klink! Software

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