A lot of people have been talking about how Flash Player will be going the way of the dodo due to HTML5 and other emerging platforms, however, things may be turning around now that Flare3D is available, which gives Flash the ability to handle complex 3D simulations.
Gene Endrody, creator of Sherwood Dungeon, the free-to-play browser-based MMO, commented on the release of Flare3D, saying....
“With the release of Stage3D, Adobe Flash Player is finally capable of handling the kind of GPU accelerated 3D that Sherwood requires,” ... "Although Shockwave has performed well for us over the years, it’s hard to argue with the plug-in penetration rates of Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player’s ubiquity means removing the requirement to install a browser plug-in for most customers. This can effectively double the number of players and increase the number of potential distribution partners. It also opens up many next-generation 3D graphic features.”
Indie devs and browser-based publishers will probably find Flare3D as a huge step up in the potential quality they can churn out for browser-based games. In addition to this, the software released already sporting integrated support for Mixamo's microtransaction-based animation suite. This means that not only can you create easy-to-develop 3D games through Flash, but you'll also be able to import and utilize all the different animation and character tools available from Mixamo.
Mixamo CEO Stefano Corazza shared a few comments about the new update as well, saying...
“Many Flash developers in the last few years have become more and more familiar with the usage of 3D assets. Switching pipelines from 2D to 3D assets has sped up the pace of design iterations, but most Flash developers still “bake” the assets into 2D representations, which were handled more efficiently by the browser with Flash versions prior to 11,” ... “The combination of Adobe Flash Player 11, Flare3D studio, and Mixamo 3D content, full 3D games can now be run efficiently on the browser and can be designed directly in 3D with the help of Flare3D studio’s user interface.”
The really awesome part is that you can literally drag and drop assets into Flare3D, meaning you can design characters and assets and just dump it right into the design atmosphere of a Flash Player 11 game. The combination of these tools should speed up development of browser-based and Flash Player games by a significant amount.
You can learn more about Mixamo, their new auto-rigging features, their microtransaction based store and more by paying a visit to their Official Website.