Developer Crytek has a reputation for fidelity in their games, constantly pushing the bar for even the highest end PC. During GDC today they announced their next iteration on their engine, CRYENGINE V.
The engine launches today, March 15th, as a “pay what you want” product, meaning developers large and small can get total access to CRYENGINE’s feature set and source code for the fee they choose. This deal is also obligation free, meaning no royalty payments or service charges. 70% of the contributions made will go to Crytek’s Indie Development Fund, a new grant that will support indie projects across the globe.
Crytek is also introducing the CRYENGINE Marketplace, which will grant access to individual assets from Crytek’s library, and a huge number of sounds, 3D objects, and other materials developers may want access to.
Possibly the most interesting feature of the new CRYENGINE is its support for VR hardware. The engine will allow devs to craft VR games on Playstation VR, OSVR, HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift. Hopefully this will add a new dimension to VR experiences in the near future!
CRYENGINE V also introduces:
C# Enabled: A new API that allows developers who know C# to start scripting in CRYENGINE V right away.
Reworked Low Overhead Renderer: Significantly increases the performance of today’s hardware in graphically intensive applications.
DirectX 12 support: Utilize the latest branch of DirectX to take greater control of hardware resources.
Advanced Volumetric Cloud System: Optimized for VR to give clouds full 3D spatial rendering for higher quality with minimal performance hit.
New particle system: Create stunning real-time fluid effects, handled almost entirely on the GPU.
A new launcher and UI: Navigate CRYENGINE more intuitively thanks to a streamlined UI which includes realigned features and new icon groupings.
FMOD Studio support: Allowing greater flexibility in audio middleware selection.
CRYENGINE Answers: A dedicated channel where the CRYENGINE community can share questions and answers.
Are you an indie dev that is taking advantage of Crytek’s amazing deal? Let us know what you think!