Each year, Game Developer magazine looks at the powerful lineup of new products and new releases of important tools, from game engines to books, and selects the top five products in each category. Front Line Awards finalists represent the most innovative, user-friendly, and useful products from behind the scenes of the world’s best video games. For this year, Autodesk 3ds Max won Game Developer Award for Best Art Tool, with Autodesk Mudbox 2009 also featuring the top five tools.
The roster of past winners includes Microsoft DirectX, Adobe Photoshop, and Epic’s Unreal Engine series. “This year’s finalists are drawn broadly from the industry’s mature toolset and represent a selection of products that have been proven across a multitude of successful titles along with a good mix of promising new technologies,” said Jeffrey Fleming, production editor for Game Developer. “The editors of Game Developer extend our congratulations to all of this year’s Front Line Award finalists!”