PS3 and 360 Await CryEngine 3
Crytek, the recent procurer of fallen UK developer Free Radical, is set to reveal its newest edition of its renowned CryEngine series.
Despite how most PCs will still ache from a run with the immensely powerful CryEngine 2 (best showcased in the acclaimed 2007 FPS Crysis), Crytek is today preparing to unveil that engine’s successor; CryEngine 3.
Following Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli’s statement that the company will no longer simply focus on PC development – due to the huge levels of piracy which challenges the platform – it comes as no surprise that the new engine is built to work with Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well as PC.
The Frankfurt, Germany based team say the new the engine will be fully unveiled at this year’s GDC Expo in San Francisco, which takes place from March 25-27.
“CryEngine 3 is a revolutionary change from our previous PC-only engines – and we’re applying a similar revolution to the service we provide to developers using the software to create extraordinary games,” says Carl Jones, Director of Business Development CryEngine.
“We’ve been preparing a long time for CryEngine on consoles and we’re confident that Crytek will again amaze developers at GDC,” he adds.
Details of the engine are thin at the moment. It’s understood that the engine will include a new Sandbox level editor, which the team calls “a production-proven, 3rd generation tool designed by and for professional developers.” The team adds that the engine has features focused specifically for console game development, will be DX9&10 compatible, and is built with tools suited for MMO development.
Whether a new title will showcase the engine is unknown.
“With CryEngine 3 we are delivering our best game development technology that enables our clients to achieve their vision on current and future platforms to develop games such as MMOs, action games and more,” offers Cevat Yerli.
“With our solution developers can start working on their next generation games today,” he adds.