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The Defold Foundation partners with Rive Inc.

By Björn Ritzl on Feb 16, 2021

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The Defold Foundation partners with Rive Inc. to add support for Rive real-time animations in the Defold game engine.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - Feb. 16, 2021 - The Defold Foundation today announced a partnership with Rive Inc. to add support for Rive real-time animations in the Defold game engine. Developers will be able to design and animate in-game characters, UI elements, screen transitions and more in the Rive application and easily integrate them in their Defold games. The animations will run in real time with full runtime control and access to object hierarchies, bones and shapes.

“Rive takes real time vector animations to a completely new level with powerful animation mixing, skeletal animations, mesh deformations and inverse kinematics. There is nothing close to it on the market and we are thrilled to be able to offer this to our community of game developers,” said Defold Product Owner Björn Ritzl.

The Defold Foundation will work in parallel on the engine integration of the Rive animation runtime and on development of a new high performance vector tessellation library suitable for use in game engines. The tessellation library will be released separately and ahead of the full integration which will be released later this year.

“We are so excited to bring Rive to the gaming world through our partnership with Defold! Their product is exceptional and shares astonishingly similar principles with Rive: the best tools should be accessible to everybody, simple to use with no setup, and truly cross-platform”, said Rive co-founder Guido Rosso.

About Rive

Rive is a design tool that allows you to create and ship beautiful animations to multiple platforms. Create motion graphics that respond to different states and user inputs with Rive’s collaborative editor. Then load those animations into apps, games, and websites with Rive’s open-source runtimes.

About Defold Foundation

The Defold Foundation is the owner of the free to use game engine Defold. The foundation works together with industry partners to provide free and open software and services to game developers across the globe. The foundation was created in May 2020 and is registered in Stockholm, Sweden.

About Defold

Defold is a free to use, source available, game engine with a developer-friendly license used for development of cross-platform games. Defold is used by a growing number of developers to create commercial hits as well as games for game jams and in schools to teach game development. Defold is known for its ease of use and it is praised for its technical documentation and friendly community of developers.


Guido Rosso Co-founder, Rive Inc. guido@rive.app

Björn Ritzl Product Owner, Defold Foundation bjorn@defold.se