The technology behind Mmos like Worlds Adrift and Lazarus is now being distributed for free thanks to a new partnership between Google and Improbable, the developer of SpatialOS. It’s a framework for creating games that can handle thousands of players in single locations, allowing for massive battles, city simulations or whatever else you can think of. Its now entered a public, open Alpha that anyone can access.
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The partnership with Google comes down to them providing their cloud tech to let it all work, as well as subsidising the access for developers. It won’t be free forever, but the alpha version allows for small-scale experiments as they work out the kinks.