Merry Christmas! The festive season seems like a good time for an announcement, so here we go!
I'm pleased to announce the Alpha release of the Simulant Game Engine - a new open-source project to bring modern game development flows to older platforms.
Simulant is a portable general-purpose game engine, written in C++. It's aim is to allow writing games for older 3D consoles like the SEGA Dreamcast, as well as modern platforms such as Windows, Linux and Android.
Simulant is built to let you get a game up and running fast! The API is designed to be easy-to-use and to read so that even novice C++ developers can build games and experiment. The
simulant command line tool lets you set up a scaffold project, and build, package and test for multiple platforms with a few simple commands.
Simulant requires using Linux as a development OS, but uses cross-compilers and Docker to build your game for other platforms.
The development of Simulant as led to the development of GLdc, a brand new OpenGL implementation for the SEGA Dreamcast, and the fledgling ALdc which hopes to bring OpenAL compatibility to the same platform.
Simulant comes with a bunch of features:
And if that isn't enough, the whole thing is controllable from a simple command-line management command, which allows you to bootstrap projects, build them for multiple platforms, run unit tests, and package your game for Linux (flatpak) and Dreamcast (.CDI). Windows installer support is coming soon!
You don't even have to compile the game engine yourself, just install the management command and it will download pre-compiled game engine libraries which are generated automatically via a complex build system!
Simulant is built to support multiple OpenGL renderers. Currently there are OpenGL 1.1 and OpenGL 2.1 renderers and a GLES 2 renderer will happen soon. As for platforms:
Providing you have a Linux installation available (preferably Fedora 28 or 29), getting up and running should be easy. Head on over to the tutorial!
Simulant is currently at Alpha stage. This means the codebase is unstable, and the API is subject to change. If you're using Simulant to build a game, make sure you update frequently, and file bugs and submit patches to help improve things.
Keep an eye on the Simulant Discord chat, and issue tracker.
Simulant has so far been pretty much a one-man project, for it to reach its potential it needs other contributors. If you want to help out, hit the Discord group and come join the community! Here are some useful links for getting started!
And if you don't have the time to contribute, but want to support my work then my patreon is here
Simulant is very much under development, so pay attention to the following caveats:
Simulant is released under the LGPL (with patches accepted under dual LGPL+MIT licensing), there are a number of reasons for this, but it does mean that:
For more information, take a look at the licensing page