We’re excited to announce the availability of Lumberyard Beta 1.9, the biggest release yet for Amazon’s free AAA game engine. This release is a direct result of customer feedback, with over 473 improvements, fixes, and features. Some highlights include:

• A new Player Account Cloud Gem that provides a customizable, stand-alone solution for player authentication and management. In as little as 30 minutes, an engineer can build and launch a player account system in their game—a task that would typically take 2-3 engineers several months to accomplish.
• A new Component Entity system that helps developers create complex, working entities faster and with minimal effort. This update includes automatic exposure of component features to designers, a new warning system for missing or mistaken configurations, usability improvements to the Entity Inspector, and more.
• New GPU features and emitter types for the particle editor, so you can fill game worlds with visually stunning effects. New emitter types include point, sphere, circle, box, and beam.
• Much more, including a new one-step, express installation process, support for both Z-up and Y-up world coordinates in the FBX importer, improved search functionality for the Asset Browser, Component Entity and Lua support for the UI Editor and Twitch Metastream, and support for versioned Gems.