Nintendo will offer Wii U developers free access to tools and software, the company recently announced. Nintendo has reached an agreement with game software maker Autodesk to license its GameWare middleware and software packages for the Wii U. The license is wide and allows Nintendo to offer the GameWare software development kit to all Wii U developers. The tools will be free of charge, any developer working on a Wii U title will have full and free access to this software. GameWare software is widely used by games and game engines, it’s part of the Unreal Engine 3, the Unity Engine, CryEngine 3, and many others.
Three core technologies will be offered to Wii U developers: Scaleform, which allows the creation of Flash-based user interfaces. Kynapse, a well-known artificial intelligence software, and HumaniK, a character animation engine.