CryEngine (compilation)

CryEngine

CryEngine is a free (royalties system) multi-platform (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Linux, Oculus Rift, OSVR, PSVR, and HTC Vive) game engine by the game developer, Crytek.

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What is CryEngine?

CryEngine is a free (royalties system) multi-platform (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Linux, Oculus Rift, OSVR, PSVR, and HTC Vive) game engine by the game developer, Crytek. It was being used by many of Crytek’s titles and third-party games, such as the famous Far Cry, Ghost Warrior 2, Crysis, Hunt: Showdown, and SNOW. CryEngine game engine has a reputation of being especially successful at photorealistic games, or in other words, great visuals, and at first-person games (especially shooters). In addition, it provides its users with access to the source code and a lot of studios make use of that access to modify the engine to their needs.

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History of CryEngine

Developed as a demo for Nvidia in 2002, CryEngine has become one of the top game engines out there.

In 2015 Amazon bought the license from CryEngine and in 2016 they have released their updated version of CryEngine, Amazon Lumberyard.

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CryEngine marketplace

In 2016 CryEngine introduced its marketplace that includes assets from Crytek’s library, as well as 3rt party assets.

CryEngine Advantages

  • A rich set of tools
  • VR Support
  • Great visuals capabilities (including open world environments)
  • Easy to iterate
  • Doesn’t require a lot of programming
  • Easy to learn
  • Good support

CryEngine alternatives

The game engine market is flourishing and there are many alternatives to CryEngine, such as Unreal Engine, Unity, Godot, GameMaker, Cocos2d, and Lumberyard. To read about CryEngine alternatives please visit the top 7 Gaming Engines You Should Consider for 2021.

CryEngine and Incredibuild

Incredibuild turbocharges the CryEngine development experience with a major speed boost, reducing its build times significantly. This integration allows users to utilize Incredibuild’s Virtualized Distributed Processing™ technology that turns every host into a supercomputer with hundreds—even thousands—of cores. Using the same code, processes, and tools, game developers and graphic artists accelerate product development with 8x faster builds, 80% shorter release cycles, and 4x the number of iterations, consistently releasing better games to market radically faster.

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Bottom line

CryEngine is a visually brilliant game engine (what we call photorealistic games) that is responsible for known titles such as Far Cry and Wolcen. It is open in the sense it allows to access its source code and modify it. Amazon based their game engine, Lumberyard, on CryEngine.

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