The Carbon Engine is a development tool that allows legacy content to be ported to modern platforms. Old, well-loved releases can find a second wind on all-new hardware using the Carbon Engine. It is a core component of Limited Run’s vision for a world that is Forever Physical.
Giving retro games a new life on modern consoles.
Created internally at Limited Run Games, Carbon Engine is a multi-platform development tool that helps different emulators interface with modern hardware. It uses emulation as a base, on top of which the Carbon Engine builds features like UI, rendering, audio, data management, controller inputs, and console-specific SDK features like trophies. It allows Limited Run to put out highly accurate, emulation-based ports of classic games for modern hardware.
What are its goals?
Carbon Engine development aims to breathe new life into releases that are rare, highly sought-after, or otherwise no longer available and make them more accessible to consumers, preservationists, and developers. Furthermore, the Carbon Engine seeks to create a perfectly accurate experience for the player— creating a true “carbon copy” of the original game they played long ago and allowing new players to play games as intended by the developers. - Interested in using the Carbon Engine? Are you a developer seeking to revisit your back catalog with the Carbon Engine? We’d love to hear from you. If you have further questions or want to learn more about what the Carbon Engine can do with your legacy content, please contact email@example.com.