Attack of the Fanboy

Crysis 3 developers say CryEngine 3 trumps Unreal Engine 4

by William Schwartz


Epic Games made a big splash at E3 2012 by revealing their Unreal Engine 4 technology to the gaming media.  With an impressive demonstration of what to expect from next generation visuals, between them are Square Enix, gamers were left salivating over the potential.  However, the creator of Crysis 3 wasn’t so impressed.

“CryEngine 3 already exists at the quality of Unreal Engine 4.  It already exists for three years now,” says Crytek CEO.Cevat Yerli of Crytek believes that his engine, CryEngine 3, has been doing Unreal Engine 4 level visuals for 3 years.  Speaking to Venture Beat, Yerli explained:  “CryEngine 3 already exists at the quality of Unreal Engine 4.  It already exists for three years now.  You can go back three years ago to the GDC videos.  What we put out there is pretty much what Unreal Engine 4 put out now.  And what many others are doing now too.  We haven’t really put out our latest stuff yet.”

So does Crytek have an ace up its sleeve?  Yerli said that the next iteration of CryEngine is just waiting for the right time to be revealed.

“Pretty soon you’re going to see the next iteration of CryEngine, and I’m not putting a number behind it, just the next iteration of CryEngine.  We already said, CryEngine 3 is next-gen ready since three years ago.  We stand by that. If I look at what people call next-gen technology now, it’s what we were seeing three years ago.  We already had massive particle systems, we already had GPU rendering, all these things.  Deferred shading.  We had tessellation already since we shipped Crysis 2.  We already had DX11.  We just didn’t just talk it up as tech demos, we have games that are shipped and are doing it.”

Following E3, Yerli also explained that the future of Crytek is heading down the free-to-play path.

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