Multiplayer Made Easy with Hiber3D’s Out-of-the-Box Solution

Published by Jonas Tageman, Director of Technology at Hiber

Multiplayer gaming is a challenge for developers, with synchronization, latency, and network stability posing the greatest hurdles. However, Hiber3D is disrupting the development landscape by offering out-of-the-box multiplayer features that greatly simplify the creative process.

At Hiber, we believe that web-based gaming and multiplayer go hand in hand. Sure, you can create immersive single-player games, but why not utilize the fact that the player is already dialed into the web? We also believe that most game developers would prefer to focus on the actual game rather than bother with all the hurdles listed above.

Simplifying Multiplayer Development with Hiber3D

Hiber3D addresses these challenges head-on by providing built-in multiplayer support. This allows developers to focus on game design and player engagement rather than building the foundations, making it one of the quickest ways to get a multiplayer game up and running.

The Hiber3D Development Kit ensures that even a creator with limited coding knowledge can get up and running quickly without needing to delve into complex code.

1. Focus on Core Gameplay Mechanics

Whether you want to create a compelling game or move fast with delivering value to a client, time wasted on plumbing is probably better spent elsewhere. Use that time to solidify the core mechanics of your game, ensuring that the basic gameplay is engaging and enjoyable. A strong foundation will make for more compelling multiplayer interactions.

2. Optimized for Performance

Multiplayer games require smooth and responsive gameplay to keep players engaged. Bandwidth costs time and money, and lag is the universal killer of joy. We make sure that your creation gets that low-latency a competitive shooter needs, or the low bandwidth that is more efficient for a social experience. Let the experts be experts. You most certainly create better games than us, but our net code is the Koenigsegg of the video game industry – cleverly engineered, incredibly fast, and setting performance benchmarks.

3. Implement Fair Play Mechanics

Balancing is crucial in multiplayer games. Ensure that all players have a fair chance of winning, that no single strategy dominates the gameplay, and that no-one can use unfair means to win or get unbeatable scores. But cheaters are gonna cheat! That’s why we have a server authoritative solution and also provide you with the tools to sanitize and check all winning conditions.

4. Encourage Social Interaction

Multiplayer games thrive on social interaction. Incorporating features that encourage players to communicate and collaborate is key. Hiber3D comes with in-game chat, team-based objectives, and competitive leaderboards. We also support matchmaking that elevates these experiences, making sure that the players want to engage again and again.

5. Regularly Update and Maintain

Multiplayer games are living games. The gaming community expects ongoing support and updates. Regularly release patches and updates to fix bugs, introduce new content, and respond to player feedback. This not only improves the game but also helps build a loyal player base that returns regularly. For the game, you most definitely want to fine-tune it and make sure that it’s patched up and as close to perfect as you can get it. However, security patching the backend and game server is not only boring but also tedious and time consuming, and it might  require a skill-set you need to obtain elsewhere. That’s why you should leave that to us.

Focus on the game, let us do the rest.

Conclusion

Hiber3D’s out-of-the-box multiplayer is a significant boon for any game developer looking to move fast and retain quality. By eliminating the hassle of managing complex networking code, you can focus on what truly matters: creating well planned, engaging, and enjoyable games. Put simply, with the best practices and support provided by Hiber3D, you can create web-based multiplayer games with unparalleled ease that keep players coming back.

Interested in finding out more? Get in touch or book a demo today.

And while we have you, dive into some of the latest multiplayer games created with the Hiber3D engine:

Tanks

Temple Shooter

Enchanted Grove Grand Prix

Mid Year Roundup

July 2024 Edition

The first half of 2024 flew by in the blink of an eye, and we packed it full of milestones. From Hiber3D engine enhancements to strategic partnerships to innovative AI tools and a brand revamp, we left no stone unturned. 

Let’s take a look at the highlights…

Hiber3D Mid Year Roundup

PRODUCT INNOVATIONS

World Creator

Our text-to-3D world tool was made available to all users in January 2024, following a period in pre-alpha when over 10,000 early access members signed up for the opportunity to test and give feedback on the technology. With over 90 thousand prompts entered to date, this tool is democratizing 3D world-building, making it accessible to anyone. Try the World Creator today.

SkyScape AI 

Building on the success of the World Creator, we launched SkyScape AI, our image-to-3D world tool. Create virtual environments based on any image to push the boundaries of creation. Try SkyScape today.

SkyScape AI powered the Hiber3D engine.

NEW MILESTONES

Shooter and other Game Modes

We added shooting mechanics to the growing list of gameplay features included in the Hiber3D engine, i.e. driving, flying, platformers, obbys and customizable game rules. All of these are accessible right out of the box! This means less time spent hunting for third-party plugins, custom coding, and building foundations, and more time spent on creating incredible games and experiences.

HiBux In-App Currency Launch

We partnered with Stash to introduce our in-app currency HiBux within our web-first HiberWorld UGC platform. A significant milestone on the road to building out a thriving creator economy.

HiberLabs Tests with HDK

We put the Hiber3D Development Kit (HDK) to the test with our HiberLabs series – a collection of games spanning diverse genres. From Halloween thrillers, to Turbo Goal (vehicle football), hover car racers, snowboarders, the hugely popular Sumo Cars (vehicle wrestling), and an engaging side-scroller series, each of these games highlights the ease, speed, and flexibility of creating with the Hiber3D engine.

New Gameplay Modes Out-Of-The-Box with the Hiber3D Engine

EVENTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Google Next, Leap, Nordic Games

We traveled the globe over the past few months to showcase our Hiber3D engine to the worldwide tech community, most notably Dice Summit in Las Vegas, Leap in Riyadh, GDC in San Francisco, Google Next in Las Vegas to unveil SkyScape, and last but not least Nordic Game in Malmö. 

The Voice, Angry Birds

We launched two premium branded avatar catalogs in collaboration with Ready Player Me for the  iconic Angry Birds and The Voice IPs. These gamified brand spaces showcased exclusive purchasable wearables and have racked up almost 2M plays to date. 

Angry Birds powered by Hiber3D

NEW BRANDING

Last but not least, this year marked a new chapter for Hiber3D with the launch of our new visual identity and website that reflects our commitment to innovation, creativity, and exploration. We hope you love the new look as much as we do!

Looking Ahead

The past six months have been a whirlwind of activity and progress, and we expect the next six to be nothing less. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got cooking. 

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Here’s to many more months of innovation, creativity, and community! Get in touch to learn more about the Hiber3D engine.