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Legion-Engine is a data oriented C++17 OpenGL game engine built to make optimal use of modern hardware.

The Legion-Core is built on an async compute minded design to take care of the logic and an ECS to take care of the data. This allows the engine and editor to utilize all the power they can find and to be extremely modular.

Getting Started


The engine is by default build using Visual Studio 19 using the Clang++ compiler and C++17. For linux we don’t provide any default IDE support. However, you can still compile the engine using Clang++.


You can either build the engine yourself using Premake5 or the already provided Visual Studio 19 solution. As of now Legion does not support compilation to DLL. Copy the include folder to your project and link the libraries you compiled.


Legion already defines the C++ entry point in it’s own source code. So in order to start making a program define LEGION_ENTRY and include any of modules main include files. eg:

#include <core/core.hpp>

Since the entry point is already defined you need to define a different function to start working with Legion. Legion will already start itself, but it won’t have any modules attached. In order to attach modules you need to define the reportModules function like so:

#include "mymodule.hpp"
using namespace legion;

void LEGION_CCONV reportModules(Engine* engine)

Of course in order to link your own modules you need to make one:

#include <core/core.hpp>
#include "mysystem.hpp"

class TestModule : public legion::Module
    virtual void setup() override
        reportComponentType<my_component>(); // Report a component type
        reportSystem<MySystem>(); // Report a system

Legion engine uses an ECS for all of it’s core functionality. So for your own project you need to define your own systems and components:

#include <core/core.hpp>

struct my_component { int myVal; };

class MySystem final : public legion::System<MySystem>
    virtual void setup()
    void update(legion::time::span deltaTime)
        // Do stuff every frame on the update thread
        static auto myQuery = createQuery<my_component, position>();
        for(auto entity : myQuery)
            // Runs for every entity that has both my_component and a position component.

For more information about the engine usage see the docs.


(All libraries can already be found in the deps folder)


Please read CONTRIBUTING.md for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.


See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details