BigWorld Pty Ltd
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The BigWorld MMO Technology Suite is a complete technology solution, consisting of a tightly integrated suite of high performance server applications, tools, advanced 3D client and APIs designed specifically for the fast and efficient creation of MMOGs.
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BigWorld released a new Indie license program. Granted you have a little "Powered By"watermark on the game client, but it's worth the 299/year for a 25 seat license, and fantastic for someone to develop their prototype and then take it commercial. For 2999 a year you also get the source code.
All in all the features are tremendously fantastic. The dev tools are easy to use, and while I haven't been able to test the Workflow from multiple devs yet, I can only imagine it's ease.
You can create amazing work wsith this engine as the screenshots on the website demonstrate.
I've found the support to be amazing. You ask these guys a question and they answer it quickly and comprehensively.
Unfotrunately, the code is very badly documented but it works extremely well.
Working out how to get the best performance from your application can be hard work as well, alas. I've foun the documentation to not be very artist friendly and have had to spend a lot of time working out how the engine works to figure out how we can get best performance from it. I've come across many basic problems with getting good performance out of what should be a very decent engine. It needs a few basic changes that take a lot of the work that, at present, must be performed by the artists and pre-calcualted in the engine. A lot of basic work, that every engine i've written does, is not performed and Ive found myself increasingly frustrated by the lack of standard terminology used throughout the code (and especially their lack of explaining what these random terms they use to describe features actually are). I'm sure, however, with more time I will get better with this engine. I am, however, very impressed with how they have approached certain complex problems and solved them. Wish i'd thought of some of their solutions :)
The engine is nice, but they won't do anything with indie devopers. Only big professional projects will be supported and according to their web site there are already some on the way. There is no opportunity to get in touch for free.
I think the PRICE needs to be changed. This engine is not free judging from the licensing web page on their site.