YoYo announces upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 support in GameMaker

YoYo Games (www.yoyogames.com) announced yesterday that GameMaker: Studio, the cross-platform games development environment, will support upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The studio enables developers to create games in a single code base and subsequently export with ease to multiple platforms and formats.

Current level of support includes HTML5, Facebook, Android, iOS, Windows and OS X. GameMaker: Studio for Windows 8 is stated to be available for developers prior to the OS launch, while support for Windows Phone 8 will reportedly arrive following device availability.

Sandy Duncan, CEO at YoYo Games, explains the company's close partnership with Microsoft to bring support to both its new desktop operating system and mobile platform:

"We are thrilled to be working closely with Microsoft to launch GameMaker: Studio for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The beauty with GameMaker: Studio is that it’s extremely easy for developers who have already or are currently developing with our environment to have Windows Style UI games ready for publishing on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in a short amount of time."

YoYo Games offers GameMaker for free with three purchasable tiers available - Standard ($49.99), Professional ($99.99) and Master ($499.00). John Richards, Senior Director of Windows Apps Marketing at Microsoft, added the following comment to the announcement:

"We are excited that YoYo Games is bringing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 publishing to the GameMaker: Studio™ development community,” said . “We are looking forward to expanding the Windows 8 development community and the breadth of apps available across Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8."

GameMaker has been developed with usability and efficiency in mind, which introduces functionality such as drag-and-drop to create a simple yet powerful environment. There are a number of showcases available on the YoYo Games website that make the possibilities for Windows Phone appear exciting.

We'll be able to add GameMaker to the list of supported developer tools, which will include the likes of Unity

Source: YoYo Games, via: @YoYoGamemaker (Twitter)

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  • A friend of mine just started to learn how to make apps for iPhone and Android. He is in other words programming for two at once, as far as i understand (which is not much). Is these the kind of tools you use then? Just curius to see if finally WP really stepped out of the shade and joined with the rest.
  • Game Maker is great for beginners & novice game designers to whip out multi platform games really fast, with out being overwhelmed with too much complexity... This is great for WP... between Unreal, Unity, & now GameMaker we should see a ton new games hit the platform...
  • Amazing. I used to make games in this when Mark Overmars owned it.
  • Just start software development at college and we are using this to start off :D This makes me happy.