New start-up PlayCanvas designed to be an end-to-end development and publishing solution for 3D HTML5 titles

Ex-Activision and Sony execs take HTML5 to the cloud

Former execs at Activision and Sony have formed a new company called PlayCanvas to offer a collaborative development platform for 3D HTML5 games in the cloud.

Built by PlayStation Home founder Dave Evans and former Activision technical director Will Eastcott (pictured), the platform is currently in closed beta.

The industry veterans say PlayCanvas has been designed to provide an end-to-end development and publishing solution for 3D HTML5 titles.

The platform is currently slated for release before the end of the year, whilst spaces in the closed beta are still up for grabs.

“HTML5 technologies are currently generating an incredible amount of excitement in the games industry,” said Eastcott.

“The potential is astonishing, but developers are being held back by a lack of quality tools. PlayCanvas addresses this with a comprehensive visual editing environment that makes HTML5 game creation a breeze.

“But what truly sets PlayCanvas apart is that it’s the first fully cloud-hosted game development environment. Developers can access their projects from any device with a browser, collaborate seamlessly in realtime with others, and publish games live to the web with a few mouse clicks.

"Game development is now more accessible and easier than ever before.”

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