Maya LT is a 3D modeling and animation tool built for professional indie game makers. Maya LT on Steam now includes the Autodesk Stingray 3D game engine, giving you the art and engine tools you need to build your game.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (49 reviews) - 73% of the 49 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Apr 22, 2014

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December 10, 2015

Maya LT 2016 extension 2 is now on Steam!

What’s new in Maya LT 2016 extension 2 on Steam?

Automated LOD generation

Export/import skin weight maps

Turtle texture baking improvements

If you subscribe to Maya LT through Steam, the app will automatically update. If you have the auto-updates turned off, we recommend staying current so you get the newest features as we add them.

If you want to see the full list that includes all the bug fixes, check out this post.

Submit your feature requests and vote on other submissions at our feedback site:

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October 29, 2015

Maya LT 2016 Extension 1 Service Pack 3 is now available!

Maya LT 2016 Extension 1 Service Pack 3 is now available

This Service Pack includes a number of important fixes.

To see the full list of resolved issues, check out the release notes on the forum here.

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About This Software

The Maya LT subscription now includes the Autodesk Stingray 3D game engine!
Note: Stingray is a Windows-based application.

Maya LT is a 3D modeling and animation tool built for indie game makers. Maya LT lets you model, texture, light, and animate 3D characters and environments for your game. It’s based on industry-standard 3D tools used by game developers worldwide and refined continuously based on community feedback. Maya LT puts pro-level tools in the hands of indie game makers, empowering artists to realize the full creative potential of their game design.

Stingray is a 3D game engine built on a powerful, data-driven core architecture that can produce visually stunning games. Stingray features an unprecedented level of connectivity to Autodesk 3D tools like Maya LT. Working with a game engine that is directly connected to your 3D tool simplifies every part of the game-making process.

What versions of Maya LT and Stingray are on Steam?

  • Maya LT 2016 Extension 2 - released December 10, 2015. Available for Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Stingray 1.1 - released October 29, 2015. Available for Windows.

Special Note - These tools do not have revenue, royalty, or usage restrictions beyond their monthly subscription price. They are not restricted to working within Steam game workshops and can be used to create full commercial games.

How are Maya LT and Stingray Connected?

Live Linked Cameras
Viewport cameras between Maya LT and Stingray can be linked so that the movement of one tool is mirrored in the other tool. This speeds up artistic evaluation and lets you check your assets in both tools at the same time. Assets can be viewed in Stingray fully lit, textured, and animated in the context of the level.

One Click Asset Updates
When evaluating assets in Stingray, it’s easy to make changes and see the results immediately with just a single click. If you don’t like how something looks in your level within Stingray, you can make the change in Maya LT and then update it right away. The artistic iteration process has never been this fast!

Shared Physically Based Materials
Maya LT and Stingray use the same physically based shader nodes found in ShaderFX (so do Maya and 3ds Max). So you can create a material once and use it in both tools. Then, if you want to make changes, the same one-click workflows update the materials right away.

What can you do with Maya LT?

  • Work seamlessly with Stingray to make your games faster than ever
  • Work with other game engines using the common FBX and OBJ formats
  • Create high quality 3D models with no export limit when working with Stingray, Unity, or Unreal.
  • Create textures and materials for your models that can be shared in Stingray
  • Animate your creations with tools based on Maya and HumanIK animation systems
  • Learn today, prepare for tomorrow by using a professional 3D tool used in game studios worldwide

What can you do with Stingray?

  • Work seamlessly with Maya LT for super fast artistic iteration
  • Build game levels with intuitive editor tools
  • Create visually stunning games using a physically based renderer
  • Add screen space visual effects to give your game a distinct visual style
  • Create gameplay using Lua scripting
  • Can’t write script? Use Flow, a visual, node-based scripting system
  • Animate in-engine with tools based on HumanIK
  • Add global illumination with Autodesk Beast
  • Create pathfinding and pathfollowing for AI characters with Autodesk Navigation
  • Create menus and UI elements with Scaleform Studio
  • Add sounds and music with Audiokinetic Wwise
  • Add physics with the NVIDIA PhysX system

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows® 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multicore processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 11 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
    • OS: Windows® 8.1 Professional (64-bit)
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD multicore processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 11 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
    • OS: Apple® Mac OS® X 10.9.5
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multicore processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
    • OS: Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x
    • Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD multicore processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Three-button mouse
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Great peice of software for making game assets. Super responsive, no crashes, and incredible workflows. The 2016 update is great for game asset creation in my opinion, you pretty much have the entire full Maya experience that you need, catered to indie game development, with a small fraction of the cost. There's a free demo on their site.. i'd recommend trying it out.
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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,298.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
MayaLT 2016 broke everything.

With the release of MayaLT 2016, I've been forced by Steam to re-learn an interface that I had been familiar with for a long time, given absolutely no warning or option to revert back to Maya 2015LT. On top of that, I encountered a staggering amount of UI and usability bugs with a piece of software that, in it's 2015 iteration, was damn near close to perfect:

- Randomly my left click will act like a right click, so instead of being able to select something I can only access context menus. Sometimes, switching back and forth between tools fixes this, but other times I have to restart the software entirely.

- Undo is now horribly broken and practically useless. It arbitrarily undoes Hypershade node edits that Maya does automatically every time you adjust anything. This adds three to five extra "ctrl+z" that you have to press just to undo one action, and sometimes it completely skips the undo step you're looking for. Setting your undo cache to 'unlimited' seems to only exacerbate the problem.

- Seriously what did you guys do to Hypershade? You consolidated a bunch of tools into the window itself while still leaving them available in the Attribute Editor, so what was the point other than cutting out a fourth of the usable screen real-estate? Why did you, instead of improving upon a workflow that albeit dated, worked very well, decide to completely overhaul the material creation system and give us an interface that veterans will in no way be familiar with? Hypershade has been completely redone to be a more UE4-like node editor, but it throws you completely off your game if, like me, you've been using maya for the past eight years or more.

- F2 and F3 have been swapped. Minor annoyance but it adds up after a while

- Some tools, such as Bevel or Duplicate Face, work when they want to and not when you want them to. Bevel will sometimes act as if the mesh you're editing is made up of unmerged triangles or quads and give you horrible, broken results. There is no workaround for this other than doing the bevel yourself, edge by edge. Duplicate face will sometimes just duplicate the whole model, or whatever faces it deems worthy. It doesn't seem to matter if they're tris, quads, ngons, merged, unmerged, or anything else. I guess in the true Maya spirit it's still consistent in doing whatever the hell it wants.

- Transfer maps is gone. Really, Autodesk?

- Some tools have been moved to completely new menus, which will lead you to hunt and peck for them for far longer than any power user should. Others have also had their names tweaked slightly, so you'll REALLY have to hunt for some of them.

- Icons are very different, not just in overall UI design but in terms of what each icon shows up as. This is a personal preference, as I was accustomed to building my shelves and working by quick glances. Now I have to relearn over 50 icons. I'm sure most people won't be bothered by this but I was and still am.

I'm sure I'll keep finding more annoyances as I go. Everything I do seems to lead me into the arms of a big, work-stopping bug. After having used Maya for years I'm honestly considering switching my modeling and texturing/UV workflow over to Blender.
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
555.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
No transfer maps. Please bring this back in an update. This is a big part of game modeling and development even for indie games.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
355.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
Why I'd recommend it:
It's got core Maya functionality. It has the core modeling features. It's maya 2016 without a lot of the SFX flair, so it's still a powerful program.

Why I would not recommend it:
artificial restrictions, like 100,000 poly export limit are frustrating- it meant for an 800k model I had to break it into segments and export it that way. There is no python support- I only assume this is because they either don't have the resources to implement it like they did for full 2016, they don't want it be as easy to create functionality where they haven't (like writing own exporter), or because they simply want people to go and buy the full version. I had a crash that happened every time I tried to export, save as, or import, which completely derailed my workflow and I was only able to fix by deleting my entire preference folder (why?).

[ I have tried to maintain the correct scale for UE4 implementation, but to do so zooms the camera out farther than the clipping plane allows for, and the scale is still incredibly small even though it was set to CM (which should be 1 UU). It's probably documented somewhere but so far i have not found a fix, and i'll probably spend another hour searching for this (since I can't just manually set the export scale to 1000, it does the conversions via a dropdown selection menu). ]
EDIT: this is a clipping planes issue, that was solved by increasing the near and far clipping planes values on the camera's attributes. This was not a result of Maya LT but of my own negligence.

So sorry for the tangents- these are only a couple of the problems i've had to find myself: the bottom line is i feel like i'm spending more time just trying to fix errors than be able to focus on modeling in Maya. I'm not going to continue paying $30 a month, because Blender is a better alternative at this point. I'd hope to hear from Autodesk, but contacting them hasn't been very successful.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
Maya LT is one of the best and most user friendly modeling programs on the market right now. if you are serious about making models for games, animations, or for practice if you are just interested in making 3d art look no further. This program has vast tutorials and a huge help database to help you make your first item, animation, texture, or rig. Check those tutorials on the autodesk youtube page or for the help documination just go to their website. Don't bother with programs like fuse which is absolutly awful. this does all the things fuse does and like 100X more

Note: i want to make this clear, Maya LT is in no way or form a simple program. It is powerful and very easy to use for those familiar to it, But in order to use this program i spent 2 weeks watching tutorials and doing research. It is in no way user friendly to those unfamiar to modeling programs.

BUT if you are willing to research and learn how to use it this program is a wonderful start to your career or hobby and i would highly recomemend it. Just be prepared to do some work in order to make it work for you.
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