luxe engine | A lovingly crafted game engine
A lovingly crafted
cross platform game engine
luxe is a cross platform, rapid development game engine
to make games for Mac, Linux, Windows, and Web & more*
luxe is now in closed beta.
There are no public builds available just yet.
Read on for details.
luxe is an easy to learn game engine for making 2D or 3D games.
As an engine it prioritizes design and workflow for rapidly expressing ideas.
Designed as a 2D first engine, luxe aims to provide a strong 2D toolset ready to make games. This applies whether it's a one hour or one+ year project.
Beyond the 2D layer lives a powerful but accessible hardware driven renderer, with great support for shaders, asset pipelines, render paths and more.
This allows 3D rendered games to use luxe all the same.
luxe itself is written in c++, although luxe games normally use the Wren programming language (which the engine has deep integration with). Later, any language that can interact with C can be used. Read the language dev log for more.
made by a game studio
luxe is used to make games by the engine developers.
We've always believed an engine is driven by real world use, so we made a game studio around it because that's what makes sense to us. Our first game is Mossfield Origins.
We're a diverse game studio with a strong vision for good community, sustainable business, empowered workers and empowering more voices to create games.
Support luxe right here
Find out more: community & support
Join the community
Visit the create with luxe community.
You can also join the discord.
Recent important news
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news #3 beta updates!
a few exciting developments for luxe engine and the team
Read the latest dev log for previews, details about the engine, editor and more.
Most recent, dev log #10 - preview, or view all dev logs.
luxe is now in closed beta!
The luxe preview build is available to beta testers.
Read dev log #10 - preview to find out what that means.
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A tightly designed core engine with a module system ensures a lightweight yet expressive set of tools.
The heart of luxe is rapid iteration and expression of intent. These are design pillars, because workflow matters.
Built by people that make games with it, luxe cares about the people that are using it day to day.
the luxe editors complement both a data driven or code based workflow
luxe is for solo developers as well as teams,
so while it provides a great code based workflow, it is not limited to code only.
editors and tools enhance the luxe workflow, which empowers artists, designers and programmers in the expression of ideas, and rapid game development.
The editor is designed for game specifics, just like the rest of the engine, so custom/project editors are easy, and shareable via modules.
editors help to build worlds, animation, ui and more.
tools, not features
worlds, modifiers, entities and systems
This frees the engine from being bloated by things a fraction of games want, and instead aims to empower games to be specific, adaptive and exact. At runtime, you only pay for what you use.
By combining systems both high and low level,
luxe is like a toolbox, and a game is the connection of these into a whole.When configuring a type of project to reuse (like a 2D platformer or 3D first person project), luxe provides outlines, which jump start projects into predefined workflows. Outlines are where custom workflows are defined above the engine level.
luxe provides pieces that snap together,
ready to make games.
rendering for everyoneluxe is powered by an easy to learn but highly flexible renderer.
With a full abstraction over portable backends, a new shading language designed with the luxe philosophy, and a scripted pipeline driven workflow, rendering is right at home in luxe.
Rendering is a complex field where fast iteration is important, and experiments can be done quickly and easily. luxe aims for that, and to be approachable, so that beginners can learn foundations without starting from scratch.
modular by design
luxe is built around a modular package system
When the engine doesn't provide something, it's often by design. Modules serve this need by providing a way for you to expand the tools and systems that are available to you when making games. Modules also provide ways to use other programming languages.
This modularity is a fundamental part of luxe,
even the luxe API itself is a module.