Na ons bericht dat Blender gratis te gebruiken was om 3D models, animaties en zelfs spellen mee te maken, maakt Discreet, een divisie van Autodesk bekend dat hun volgende 3d studio max release gratis wordt.

3d studio gMAX zoals hij genoemd gaat worden is te gebruiken voor ondermeer 3d animaties en 3d modeling.New Orleans, SIGGRAPH, July 25, 2000—Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., today announced that it plans to release a powerful subset of its industry-leading 3d studio max® authoring tool to game players for no charge on the Web. The new product, code-named 3d studio gMAX and based on the upcoming key release of 3d studio max, will serve as an extensible content creation platform for professional and consumer use. Discreet plans to license development rights for 3d studio gMAX to qualified game developers on a per-title basis. This initiative is aimed at servicing the flourishing consumer content creation communities that have grown up on the Web around franchise game series such as id Software's Quake and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

"As the leader in the 3D games tool space, Discreet has a clear appreciation of the value consumer communities bring to the games they extend," says Phillip Miller, senior director of Discreet™ software products. "We also know that many of our largest game development customers use 3d studio max as the content editing foundation for their games—linking it directly to their game engine with custom plug-ins and user interfaces. With gMAX, we intend to further accelerate game development by releasing an extensible product that can not only be used to build the game itself, but can then be shipped with the title for use by the creative gamer community."3d studio gMAX persbericht