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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.

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"Agree. Lens flare has never been an attractive or logical effect. I don't get lens flare in my eyes."
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Original Crysis rated for PS3 & Xbox 360

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Original Crysis rated for PS3 & Xbox 360

"Can It Run Crysis?"

Gamers that played Crysis 2 on the PS3 or Xbox 360 unlocked the tongue-in-cheek achievement after running through the tutorial. But, while the consoles could run the CryEngine 3-powered sequel, many gamers wondered if it would be able to play the benchmark of benchmarks: the original Crysis. Read more »

"Treasure, cold mountain, vulcano, savanna2jungle, and many many more. Love these levels because ..."
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Shack PSA: Steam Discounts Borderlands, Max and the Magic Marker and More

[Update: 12:41pm] Steam has updated the sale again, replacing Crysis with the Crysis: Maximum Edition for $19.99. Crysis remains $14.99 alone. Earlier, Day of Defeat was swapped with Day of Defeat: Source; however, Day of Defeat remains 75% off.

Another day, another set of titles on sale during the Perils of Summer promotion on Steam. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and your wallets at the ready, as a few of the deals we initially reported yesterday were changed soon after they had been announced. Read more »

"If you just gotta play with another controller, you can use various remap-hacker things that ..."
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'MechWarrior: Living Legends' Crysis Mod Updated

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Open Beta version 0.3.0 of MechWarrior: Living Legends, the Crysis mech combat mod recreating the classic stompy sim, was released over the weekend and can be found in a 1.77GB download over on FileShack.

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"By golly I went ahead and got Crysis for this too. Looks like fun."
- Wilhuf    See all 13 comments

Rumor: Crytek Hiring for MMO Project

Thanks to games like Far Cry and Crysis, developer Crytek has firmly cemented itself as a purveyor of visually stunning first-person shooters. Crysis 2 is just around the corner (the series first foray onto consoles), due out sometime between October and the end of December.

New happenings seem to be afoot at Crytek, however. Based on a recent job posting, Crytek may have another big project in the works - one that is massively-multiplayer in nature. The job post, reprinted from LinkedIn by industry site superannuation, notes that the new position would be responsible for "designing, testing, and implementing as part of the development team, the systems infrastructure for an MMO online game." Read more »

"They can't stick to that when over 50% of people playing their games haven't paid for it."
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'MechWarrior: Living Legends' Crysis Mod Stomps Out

The joys of classic mech combat simulator series MechWarrior have come to Crysis with the release of MechWarrior: Living Legends beta v1.0, a 1.43GB mod available on FileShack.

The multiplayer mod boasts customisable mechs, battlesuits, tanks and aircraft by the dozen for players to pilot in objective-based gameplay modes as well as arena duels, all rendered in lovely Cry-o-vision. Read more »

"I hear that shit! Going to pick up a copy of Crysis on the way home from work."
- r4ck3r    See all 53 comments

Shack PSA: Crysis Wars Free Through April 17

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Crytek today announced that its Crysis-derived multiplayer game Crysis Wars will be free to play through April 17.

To participate, grab the four-part trial client, install the 1.4 patch, and follow the instructions at to generate a CD-key. Read more »

"^^ROFL I hit a nerve when I bashed your beloved 2 maps that everyone plays for hours on end ehh? ..."
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Crysis and Crysis Warhead Head to Steam

As the September 16 release of Crytek's sci-fi shooter Crysis Warhead (PC) approaches, Valve and Crytek today announced that both Warhead and the original Crysis will soon be sold through Valve's digital distribution client Steam.

Said to go up for pre-order this weekend, Crysis and Crysis Warhead are slated to hit Steam by mid September. No price points were provided. Read more »

"Smart move. Brought me from "won't buy" to "almost certainly will buy". It's all about making it ..."
- uncleanmonkey    See all 93 comments

Crytek: Crysis Patches Prove Abundant Piracy, Consoles Are 'Very Good DRM Technologies'

While some argue that piracy can increase game sales by letting players take a "try before you buy" approach, Crytek business manager Harald Seeley isn't one of them.

Based on downloads of the last Crysis patch, he argues, there were "a lot more active [Crysis] players than there were unit sales."

And since those pirates are still playing the game months after release, Seeley reasons that "then they were a sale that didn't happen but probably would have had it not been possible to obtain the game illegally." Read more »

"What a bunch of Whiners. I remember this too. Ran into it when i was looking for Crysis ..."
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Crysis Warhead Runs Smoothly at High on $620 PC, Claims Crytek; Tweaks Could Hit First Crysis

Optimizations made to Crytek's CryENGINE 2 will allow the upcoming sci-fi shooter follow up Crysis Warhead to run smoothly with high detail settings on cheap PCs, studio CEO Cevat Yerli has claimed.

Specifically, Yerli told German outlet PC Games that a 400 euro (roughly $620) PC could run the title, with high settings enabled, at 30 to 35 frames per second. Curiously, he did not detail the resolution at which this is possible. Read more »

"Well that's no surprise since I could do the same with Crysis. Nice to see that they are ..."
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Crytek: No More PC Exclusives After Crysis Warhead, System Reqs Did Not Affect Crysis Sales

The fall release of Crysis Warhead will be Crytek's last PC-exclusive effort, Crytek business manager Harald Seeley has revealed.

Earlier this year, Crytek president Cevat Yerli said that the studio would no longer have any PC-exclusive titles due to issues with piracy and higher sales on consoles. However, the company announced Crysis Warhead as a PC-only release last week. Read more »

"Why is PC piracy always to blame?? what about console games which are also pirated? aren't they ..."
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Crysis Warhead Revealed

On Monday, developer Crytek announced it would no longer be developing Crysis (PC) patches for "a good reason" that it hoped to say more about "in the very, very near future."

Apparently, the "very, very near future" meant two days. Read more »

"For me personally this is cool news. I just got a 360 and if they are implying what I think they ..."
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No Additional Crysis Patches

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In the company's most recent Crysis update post on the Crymod forums, Crytek has revealed it currently has no plans to further patch the sci-fi action game.The company understands that "this news will disappoint many of you", but notes, "we are confident that the things we are working on will be appreciated by the community". Additionally, development on the Linux dedicated server for the game has ceased.

Considering recent comments by Crytek's Cevat Yerli, this news doesn't come as a huge shock. Although the game has sold well, the company still believes piracy significantly impacted retail performance. Yerli also said at the time that the company would move away from PC-exclusive development. Read more »

"Big surprise coming from a company that has been EA'd. Seriously, the demo ran nicely on my ..."
- Lukiopimp    See all 187 comments

Crysis Developer Moving Away from PC Exclusives; Cites Piracy as 'Core Problem of PC Gaming'

Crysis and Far Cry creator Crytek has revealed its intent to focus more on consoles and move away from creating PC-exclusive titles due to the "huge piracy" problems of the platform.

"We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore," Crytek president Cevat Yerli told PC Play. "Similar games [to Crysis] on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future." Read more »

"All this crap about a PC not being able to run Crysis without having a $500 graphics card in it ..."
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Crysis Patch 1.2.1 Released

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A hotfix update for Crysis has been released, updating Crytek's action game to version 1.2.1. The 37mb download fixes a security hole in the game which caused client and server crashes during online games. You'll need patch 1.2 installed before updating to 1.2.1.

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"any one no if updates afect saved games. after down lode or do we start again"
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