Category Archives: Torque Game Engine

Torque3D sighting at packt publishing

If you’re a Packt Publishing customer, you have had the option to download their book “Torque3D Game Development Cookbook” for free on May 2nd, as part of the Packt Free Learning promo that’s going on now. I know, i’m late to the party, but it’s still worth mentioning .

Torque3D isn’t as popular as it was some time ago, but it is still a very competent game engine. Since the move towards the MIT license, development has been going on at a steady pace, with some more activity in the 3D branch of the engine.

With the reboot of the community site, now not as part of Garagegames, but driven by the community itself, the near future proves to be very interesting indeed for the platform.

Torquepowered is dead, long live GarageGames

2 weeks ago by now, the Torque user community woke up under a new reality: the buyers of the Torquepowered part of InstantAction were revealed, operations restarted, and the old ‘GarageGames’ name was assumed again.

The acquiring company, mentioned very briefly and only once in the takeover announcement, is the kind of buyer most of the Torque licensees were hoping for : a games-related company that is more interested in sustained growth and a compatible business plan with that goal, than quick wins or a cash-and run strategy.

Continue reading Torquepowered is dead, long live GarageGames

InstantAction To Rise Again?

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A quick update in the InstantAction Shutdown saga : Eric Preisz just had a very cool Christmas present for all the Torque community members.

I wanted to let everyone know that we are no longer entertaining buyers at this time. Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to make any comments until the new year. Please stand by for more information and enjoy the holiday season. The future looks bright.

he’s not saying much, but he says enough to indicate that Torque will RISE AGAIN! Let’s hope this takeover will be better digested by the community than the IAC one.

Good news, cool!

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TorquePowered and InstantAction are shutting down

Shocking news this evening : TorquePowered just announced that its partner company will be shutting down, and that they are seeking for a buyer.

InterActive Corp has been creating some very big waves recently in the technology landscape as they are reviewing their business. After a period when the company was buying as much companies as it could in an effort to differentiate its portfolio, that strategy has changed. It seems IAC now wants to focus on a limited number of assets, and the ones that aren’t in the core portfolio have to go. And going in this case means being sold or closed down. Continue reading TorquePowered and InstantAction are shutting down

Torque3D gets artist version – until end 2009 at $100

torque3d_logoQuite a while after the 1.0 was released, GarageGames’ flagship 3D engine Torque3D now has added a binary-only ‘Artist’ version at $250 to its lineup. And to continue the party, all Torque3D Artist version bought before the end of the year are at the astonishing low price of $100 – just like the original TGE at the very beginning. Continue reading Torque3D gets artist version – until end 2009 at $100

First Alpha release of Torque3D 1.1 released

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Torque Powered

Alpha Release – quicker than expected

Garagegames has just posted the first Alpha of Torque3D on the website for the current licensees of Torque3D Professional. This was a surprise for many, as the current communications coming out of Garagegames were all around the ongoing development of Torque2D, the successor to the Torque Game Builder.

Not much was known in advance about what was going to be in the Torque3D 1.1 release, and some rumours were that it would be a paid upgrade. I was happy to see that it wasn’t the case.

New Features

While Torque3D 1.0 was quite stable, quite some features scheduled to be added later.Some features, like the road editor, felt a bit light on features at the beginning. That has been remedied, and much quicker than any of us could have hoped. Let me give you some highlights of what’s coming: Continue reading First Alpha release of Torque3D 1.1 released

Garagegames releases TGEA 1.8.2 and Torque3D 1.0.1

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Torque Powered

Garagegames has not been resting on their laurels after the release of Torque 3D 1.0, their long-anticipated new engine. Just a few weeks after that massive release, they’re back. With a vengeance.

The announcement that all sales of TGE and TGEA would be stopped on november 1st naturally has started heated discussions in the community. People especially were complaining that TGEA was just now becoming with 1.8.1 what it should have been at the 1.0 release.

The forum contained a thread with known fixes for problems in TGEA 1.8.1, and community members were afraid that there would be no more release. That it was end of the line for TGEA at version 1.8.1. Today, Alex Scarborough as done some back-porting of features from T3D into TGEA, and along with a massive amount of bugfixes, released TGEA 1.8.2.

Bugs have also been exterminated at a frightening pace in T3D lately, leading up to the release of Torque3D 1.0.1.
Good news at the beginning of the cold and wet seasons for all those planning some “Torque Work” at home.

GarageGames stops selling legacy engines on 1 November

Along with the official announcement about the release of Torque3D 1.0, the Garagegames website also mentions casually that as of November 1st, they will no longer be selling their ‘older’ engines such as TGE or TGEA.

It makes sense business-wise to try to force your customers towards your new product. Microsoft is doing it quite vigorously with each new release of Windows or Office, so GarageGames isn’t doing something unheard of. The problem which has lead to the outcry of the community is that new licensees are looking at a price hike of 7 times the original price for the original Torque Game Engine (TGE) (150 USD to 1000 USD). Continue reading GarageGames stops selling legacy engines on 1 November

Torque 3D 1.0 released

Garagegames today released the 1.0 version of the Torque 3D game engine. This comes after several months of open beta testing, where licensees could try out alpha and beta releases of the technology. During that time of beta testing the engine was available at a discount to compensate for the unfinished nature of the technology at the time of the purchase.

Of course, the open beta enabled third-party developers to get their extensions and content packs ready for the official release of the engine. At the moment, many of the high-profile extensions already have a T3D version in the works or available. This ensures Continue reading Torque 3D 1.0 released