Flash Player 11.2 is out; includes “premium” game targeted improvements

Flash Player 11.2 is out today, and it brings with it a host of improvements designed for gaming. The catch? Using them could incur a license fee.

First the new features: mouselock, relative co-ordinates, right click ad middle click support, and an improvement to hardware acceleration. These are all shipping as standard.

Building on that innovative foundation, Flash Player 11.2 adds key new core features for gaming, including mouse lock, relative coordinates, and right and middle –click support. Combined with Stage3D, you can now build fully immersive games in the browser, whether a first-person shooter or a real-time strategy game using infinite map scrolling. It also extends hardware driver support back to 2008, enabling full hardware acceleration on more computers than ever.

Also included is a new background updates service for Windows users, and some improvements to video rendering.

So what about those premium features?

This premium features tier will allow you to publish graphically sophisticated, next-generation games by taking advantage of two features in combination:

  • Stage3D hardware acceleration (Stage3D.request3DContext)
  • Domain memory (ApplicationDomain.domainMemory)

As you might have guessed, the word “premium” implies they won’t be free. Developers making more than $50,000 from a game using them will have to pay 9% royalties to Adobe, starting August 1st.

It’s important to note that using just one of the two premium features alone will not incur charges.  For example, a stage 3D game that doesn’t use domain memory will continue to be royalty free. Flash will automatically notify developers by watermarking their games) should they require a premium features license.

For more information, you can read about the new release here, or here, or here.

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