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Apex Engine Use Case Examples- Game Industry

2024 02 28 DevProc Games 01In the first of this article series, we embark on a comparison between traditional game development methods and the innovative processes facilitated by our upcoming Apex Engine currently in development. We dissect the intricate phases of initial setup, development environments, and testing procedures, contrasting the complexities of traditional approaches with the streamlined solutions offered by Apex Engine. By eliminating downtime, fostering collaboration, and enabling real-time updates, Apex Engine promises to revolutionize game development, ensuring efficient project management and timely deployment of updates for seamless player experiences.

 

Initial Setup and Configuration: Setting the Foundation

The process of setting up an application development server and version control for cloud-based projects is undeniably crucial but often laden with complexity. From configuring primary servers, networking and managing user access to integrating version control and ensuring security, the checklist is extensive. Additional tasks such as creating repositories, installing packages, and establishing collaborative setups further contribute to the intricacy of the setup phase. Despite the availability of modern game engines offering APIs for seamless integration, local desktop and engine configurations remain essential. 

However, with the Apex Engine, this cumbersome process undergoes a significant transformation. The integration of version control seamlessly into the software streamlines the setup, making tasks such as configuring the account management system and customizing groups and permissions remarkably simpler. With Apex Engine, the initial setup, which could take several months with traditional methods, now becomes a matter of hours or days, enabling developers to collaborate in real-time effortlessly.

 

Development Environment: Bridging In-House and Remote Access

as game development evolves, differences between in-house and remote developers have gradually diminished, thanks to advancements in cloud computing. However, remote developers often encounter additional requirements such as VPNs and security group configurations for access, primarily for security reasons. Traditionally, updates or customizations entail downtime, disrupting developer access until the environment is restarted. 

However, the Apex Engine streamlines the development environment. Integrated network security and logging systems seamlessly manage configuration complexities, enabling uninterrupted collaboration among developers. This facilitates global accessibility, allowing individuals worldwide to log into their client, choose the server, and seamlessly join the team, whether they are in adjacent desks, offices or dispersed across multiple countries.

 

Development and Testing Process: From Fragmentation to Collaboration

Game development involves the coordination of multiple teams separately working on diverse aspects of a project. Traditional version control systems track changes to the game's code and assets but necessitate developers to work on separate individual branches, causing delays and downtime during or waiting on updates. Testing processes involve multiple branches and rigorous validation to create a new build each time, leading to project-wide delays while waiting for updates. 

However, the Apex Engine transforms the development and testing process into a live collaborative endeavor. Developers, project managers, and designers work together in real-time, accelerating development, boosting creativity, and enhancing efficiency. Unlike traditional methods, updates are seamlessly pushed from the development branch to testing without additional builds, facilitating real-time testing and verification.

 

Production Game Updates: Streamlined Deployment

Traditional game development follows a structured process involving version control branches aligned with server builds. Each phase, from testing to staging and production, necessitates new game builds and rigorous testing to ensure stability. However, managing multiple branches and ensuring consistency between version control and server builds can be complex and time-consuming. 

The Apex Engine introduces a user-friendly approach to game updates, featuring streamlined publishing tools and real-time implementation for minimal disruption. With Apex Engine, developers can focus on content creation, enhancing development agility, and enabling faster iteration and deployment to maintain engaging gameplay experiences.

 

In Conclusion: Revolutionizing Game Development with Apex Engine

Our transition from development of our legacy engine platform to the Apex Engine demonstrates a shift towards efficiency and collaboration in game development. By leveraging our experience and incorporating valuable feedback, Apex Engine stands to offer significant benefits, potentially saving up to 40% in development time and reducing costs by up to 50%. This transformative approach empowers teams to deliver high-quality game experiences while maximizing productivity and cost-effectiveness. With its intuitive design and streamlined processes, the Apex Engine is poised to revolutionize the industry, ensuring efficient project management and seamless player experiences.

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