Nintendo Providing Free Middleware to Wii U Developers

News has surfaced that Nintendo will be providing Wii U developers with free Middleware for their developers SDK (software development kits). This means that those developing for the Wii U will have access to free programs they would otherwise need to buy licenses to use, which can be used for many aspects of game development.

The free Middleware includes the Havok physics engine, used in games like Portal 2, Alan Wake, Bungie’s Halo titles and Uncharted 2 and 3.

It will also give developers access to the Autodesk suite of game development tools. They include Kynapse, an AI Program for handling NPC’s and used in games like Batman: Arkham City and Crysis 2Scaleform, which is used to create user interfacesHumanIK for full-body inverse kinematics (FBIK), which is used for character animation and interactions with environments in games like Assassins Creed Brotherhood, and Beast, which is used for lighting effects.

By giving developers access to these tools as a standard, it should make it easier for smaller developers to be able to create games more easily for the system, as well as increasing the ease with which games are produced for the system and multiplatform titles are ported to or from it.

What do you think of this news? Do you think it will improve the number of games released for the system or the quality of the games? Let us know in the comments below.

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