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Game design

Video game design software

Today’s gamers demand increasingly sophisticated animation and effects. Autodesk provides a variety of video game design software and middleware to help you create innovative experiences that meet gamers’ expectations. Use Autodesk software for:

Featured game design software and middleware

Our software spans the game development production pipeline—from concept to game engine—to help you create more compelling experiences.

Maya 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software

Maya software offers 3D modeling, animation, texturing, and shading tools on an extensible production platform.
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3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software

3ds Max
3ds Max 3D modeling and animation software enables you to create sophisticated 3D game assets with out-of-the-box productivity.
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MotionBuilder 3D character animation software

MotionBuilder software provides tools for full-body IK, animation retargeting, and motion capture data manipulation.
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Maya LT 3D game development software

Maya LT
Maya LT 3D game development software offers professional indie game developers creative tools at an affordable price.
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Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software

Create concept designs and production-ready game assets with Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.
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Stingray engine
Stingray is a modern, data-driven game engine that can produce visually stunning games, with unprecedented connectivity to Autodesk 3D animation software.
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Scaleform Flash-based UI solution for PCs, game consoles, and consumer devices

Create advanced UI environments for desktop, game console, and mobile devices with Scaleform middleware.
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Beast game middleware

Simulate natural, physically correct lighting effects for real-time gaming environments with Beast middleware.
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HumanIK game middleware

Create believable characters that interact with their environment and other characters realistically with HumanIK game middleware.
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Gameware Navigation artificial intelligence middleware for game development and real-time simulations

Create AI in complex game environments with Navigation middleware that provides automatic NavMesh generation, hierarchical pathfinding, and path following.
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FBX data exchange technology

Transfer files with FBX data exchange technology, which works across platforms and with many Autodesk 3D animation tools.
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Free video game design software for students

Join our Education Community to access free downloads of Autodesk video game design software.
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*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement that accompanies download of the software. The products, programs and other certain information contained on the Autodesk Education Community page may not be available in all geographies.