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Graphics are '60% of the game,' Crytek CEO says

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Graphics are '60% of the game,' Crytek CEO says

The graphics vs. gameplay debate has raged for some time. Unsurprisingly, the CEO of Crysis 3 developer Crytek thinks graphics top gameplay every time.

"People say that graphics don't matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don't matter. It's always been about graphics driving gameplay," CEO Cevat Yerli said.

Read more: All about 'immersion' »

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So, what's new in CryEngine 3?

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So, what's new in CryEngine 3?

As with all engines, CryEngine gets updated all the time. We met up with Crytek at GDC to see what shiny new bells and whistles they've added to their engine.

The first new feature is unique to Crytek. Pixel Accurate Displacement Mapping (PADM) is the studio's alternative to tessellation. It allows artists to add a displacement texture dynamically on objects "with no visible polygon edges on the silhouette of the displacement." In a real-time demo, we saw a tree trunk's displacement dynamically altered--a neat trick for artists, to be sure.

See: CryEngine 3 in action »

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CryEngine 3 trailer shows off shiny Crysis 3 tech

CryEngine 3 trailer shows off shiny Crysis 3 tech

At this early hour of the morning, treat your brain to what it really wants--to stare blankly at pretty things which require no processing or thought. Huzzah, then, for a new trailer from Crytek showing off CryEngine 3, its cross-platform engine powering Crysis 3 and other games.

Watch: Things move and look nice »

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Enemy Front preview

Enemy Front preview

World War II is still one of the most ubiquitous settings for first-person shooters. Largely based on runs from Normandy to Berlin, they typically try to harness the tone of films like Saving Private Ryan or the miniseries, Band of Brothers, highlighting the real-world conflicts and sacrifices of what journalist Tom Brokaw dubbed "The Greatest Generation." Enemy Front, the new game being developed by Stuart Black at City Interactive, is going for a decidedly different approach that provides an over-the-top feel more akin to the classic action hero style of war movies.

Read more: A man on a mission »

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 preview

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 preview

Back at E3 last year, I attended what was described as a tech demo for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2. It was an early look, not based on any final gameplay, that hinted at some of the improvements--both minor and major--that moving the series to CryEngine 3 would afford. This week, the game's producer, Michal Sroczynski, stopped by the Shacknews offices to show me an updated demo from the game's single-player campaign on the Xbox 360. Though I have yet to actually play it myself, what I saw of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 the other day impressed me quite a bit more than I expected it would.

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CryEngine 3 licensed for RPG by Warhorse Studios

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CryEngine 3 licensed for RPG by Warhorse Studios

CryEngine 3 is capable of some pretty and impressive things. Prague-based Warhorse Studios, comprised of industry vets that have worked on titles such as those in the Mafia series, as well as Operation Flashpoint, has announced it will be using CryEngine 3 for its debut RPG.

"We looked at every major technology out there and CryENGINE 3 suits our needs perfectly. We are confident it will allow us to make the vision for our game come true," stated Warhorse executive producer Martin Klima.

Read more: CryEngine role-playing »

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US Army training game videos showcase CryEngine 3

US Army training game videos showcase CryEngine 3

Two trailers for the the US Army-exclusive title "Dismounted Training System" has appeared online, showcasing the game's use of Crytek's CryEngine 3.

The US Army's $57 million training "game" was announced back in May, and it said to feature huge areas as compared to the tightly crafted maps found in games like Modern Warfare 3. Unlike game's like Full Spectrum Warrior, the Army-sponsored game isn't slated to be available to the general public, which is a shame because it looks gorgeous.

Watch: The US Army makes some beautiful gaming visuals »

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Nexuiz 'reimagining' published by THQ for 2012

Nexuiz 'reimagining' published by THQ for 2012

It was announced back in July of 2010 that the cult-classic PC arena-shooter known as Nexuiz was being prepared for a CryEngine 3 reboot on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC. Today, THQ has announced it will publish the title as part of its 'Partners Program' in early 2012. Originally developed by Alien Trap Software for PC, the reimagined version is being helmed by the Denver-based developer, IllFonic.

Watch: The 'First Look' trailer »

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MechWarrior Online to use CryEngine 3

MechWarrior Online to use CryEngine 3

Piranha Games' upcoming MechWarrior Online may be a free-to-play game, but it promises not to look cheap. The company has licensed the highly-regarded CryEngine 3 to power the online game, and is one of "over 20" F2P games currently in development using Crytek's engine.

"It is definitely the best choice for us," Piranha Games president Russ Bullock said in a press release. "Both the character animation pipeline with the procedurally and physics based animations and the destruction system fit our goals perfectly."

Read more: 2011: the year of F2P? »

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CryEngine 3 SDK offered for free

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CryEngine 3 SDK offered for free

The battle of the engines continues. Crytek has announced that the SDK for its CryEngine 3 will be free--not unlike the competing Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games. The free toolset includes the CryEngine 3 Sandbox level editor, and promises to be updated regularly, "to make sure our community has access to all the advances we make to CryEngine 3."

Curiously, the press release says the free SDK will make "next generation games for PC," omitting the fact that the engine also works on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Read more: What about a commercial release? »

"Yeah, they tried with CryEngine 2 but not nearly as much as they have been with 3 so far."
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CryEngine 3 to power free to play shooter Lethal Enterprise

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CryEngine 3 to power free to play shooter Lethal Enterprise

Newly formed New World Interactive is the latest developer to license Crytek's CryEngine 3, the technology behind Crysis 2, released earlier this year. New World plans to use the engine to create a free-to-play shooter about the drug war titled Lethal Enterprise.

READ MORE: remake of Insurgency mod also in the works »

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Another Studio Forms from ex-GRIN Staffers, Working on CryEngine 3 Downloadable Game

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Whiteout, a new studio with members from the now defunct GRIN (Bionic Commando, Wanted: Weapons of Fate), has been formed with its eyes set on digital markets, reports

"We've got some very exciting concepts under development," said Joel Fagerlund, former GRIN producer and co-founder of Whiteout. "We are currently working on a bigger project in Cry Engine 3, and thanks to the excellent technology and support from Crytek, we have been able to carefully handcraft a playable prototype that will knock your socks off." Read more »

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Nexuiz Using CryENGINE 3 for Upcoming Console Port

Nexuiz, originally released on the PC, Mac, and Linux in 2005 using a heavily modified Quake engine, is in development for release on PSN and Xbox Live Arcade. The console versions of the FPS will use Crytek's CryENGINE 3 and will become the first PSN and XBLA release to utilize the new engine.

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Free CryEngine 3 Standalone Release Planned

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Crysis developer Crytek is planning to release a free standalone edition of its Crysis 2-powering CryTek 3 engine, Develop reports, following in the footsteps of the free edition of Unity as well as Gears of War developer Epic's Unreal Development Kit.

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Extended CryEngine 3 Footage

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More footage from Crytek's multi-platform CryEngine 3 technology has emerged from this year's Game Developers Conference. Over twice the length of the previous trailer, the video offers an extended look at what the Crysis developers can do on consoles.

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