For those of you that don’t know, FUSE Labs is also the home of Kodu Game Lab. Kodu is a complete 3D game development environment designed to let kids create their own 3D games. Kodu is built around a custom visual programming language that makes it easy for everyone to learn how to program.
The new version of Kodu includes lots of new features, here’s the highlights:
- Touch is now supported as an input method. You can also build games that use touch to control your characters.
- We have a bunch of new characters all focused on making water games. Heading the list is Octo. Like a real octopus he can squirt ink and camouflage himself.
- Programmable control for some of the world settings: you can now change the sky color and lighting effects via programming. The transitions can either be instant or you can have them happen over time. Whatever works best for your game.
- Programmable control of some character settings: you can change a character’s size or max speed on the fly now. Like the world settings you can control how quickly this change happens.
The focus on water characters isn’t by accident. We’re also announcing the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge where the theme is exploring the relationships between water and people. This is a chance for game developers ages 9 to 18 to compete in a world wide competition. Oh, and the winners get some cash, too.
Find out all the details about the contest here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Mar13/03-19KoduChallengePR.aspx