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Game design

Mirror's Edge Catalyst © 2016. Image courtesy of EA DICE.

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, simulation, and rendering tools on an extensible production platform.
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Stingray game 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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3ds Max 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software

3ds Max
3ds Max software offers integrated modeling, animation, and rendering tools for out-of-the-box productivity.
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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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MotionBuilder 3D character animation software

Create high-volume animations, previsualizations, and virtual movies with this 3D character animation software.
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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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Maya LT 3D animation and modeling software

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

Create production-ready 3D assets with intuitive Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.
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Gameware Navigation artificial intelligence middleware for game development and real-time simulations

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

Transfer files across platforms and between many Autodesk 3d animation tools with FBX data exchange technology.
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AAA game studios use Autodesk software

Every day, the best AAA game studios rely on Autodesk software at the heart of their pipelines. Top game artists choose Maya and 3ds Max to build stunning worlds, create realistic characters, and deliver immersive experiences.

Learn how studios like EA DICE, Ubisoft and Eidos-Montreal rely on Autodesk software to deliver hyper-real game play experiences.

Free video game design software for students

Join our Education Community to access free downloads of Autodesk video game design software.

Design your own 3D games

It’s never been easier to get into indie game development. Get inspired, connect with the community, and find the tools you need.