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4. August 2013

 

I just received the following email:

Dear You,


We recently became aware of suspicious activity relating to some of Crytek’s websites, and acted quickly to take those websites offline for security reasons.
The sites listed below are currently offline:

  • Crytek.com
  • Mycryengine.com
  • Crydev.net
  • MyCrysis.com

 

The following Crytek sites remain online and are not affected by these issues:

  • GFACE.com
  • Crysis.com
  • Warface.com

 

If you have an account at crydev.net or mycrysis.com, you will be asked to change your password next time you log in. If you use your current password anywhere else online, we would also suggest that you reset it at those sites.
We are working on getting all websites fully operational again as soon as possible. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

The Crytek Team

 

If you visit any of those sites, you see:

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Considering that you had to register to evaluate CryEngine, if you’ve looked at it, you are compromised.  You need to authenticate to use CryEngine, so I wonder if all the devs are now dead in the water?  What really annoys me about this announcement is they don’t tell you if the passwords were encrypted.  At this point in time, any website that compromises user information without encrypting it, should be liable for any damages that occur!  This is getting far too common.

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14. November 2012

 

Ok… is it engine release day? 

 

Anyway, again the title says it all, CryEngine 3.4.3 was released today.  If you are un-aware, CryEngine is a 3D game engine like UDK or Unity, which is available for free to get started ( 20% royalty on shipped titles ).  In addition to the FarCry series of games, Mechwarrior Online is powered by CryEngine.  If nothing else, this engine is capable of creating extremely pretty games!

 

Top Features:

  • Dedicated Server
  • Revamped Launcher menu
  • Sandbox Welcome screen, link to docs & smart open
  • Terrain precision/smoothing improved
  • Many tweaks/fixes/cleanups to the Sandbox UI
  • SSAO improvements
  • Improved SSR
  • Terrain shadow casting support
  • Box projected cubemaps
  • Improved DX9 support for Environment Probes

 

Other than the briefest look, I haven’t looked all that closely at the CryEngine SDK.  Therefore I have no idea if this is a big release or not…  dedicated server sounds like a handy addition…

 

 

Anyway, you can read full details here.

 

You can download it here.

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8. August 2012

I just finished publishing the GameFromScratch 3D Engine round-up.  This is a guide to the top game engines in use by game developers today, that are available to be licensed. There are a total of 20 engines on the list, and for each one it includes the platforms it runs on, the platforms it can target, the price, sample games, the books available if any, key websites ( generally the forum and wiki or documentation pages if available ), programming language supported and example games published with the engine.

 

I have a similar round-up in the works for 2D game engines, which I hope to publish shortly.  Additionally, I have already published a similar document for HTML5 game engines.  I made the horrific mistake of authoring the guide in Word ( what was I thinking!??! ), and as a result the fonts are a little wonky in Chrome.  Hopefully I can find and kill this annoying trait.

 

If I made any mistakes, or I missed a key engine, please let me know.  Hopefully you find the 3D engine round-up useful!

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24. February 2012

 

 

CryTek’s freely available CryEngine has just had an update released.

Cryengine3

 

 

 

Easily the biggest new feature is integration of Autodesk Scaleform, a Flash based UI solution, that was also recently integrated in the competing  Unity engine.  In addition to Scaleform support, they announced to following new features:

 

 

In addition to offering Scaleform technology, the Free SDK update will also feature several DirectX 9 rendering improvements, providing POM (Parallax Occlusion Mapping), SSDO (Screen-space Directional Occlusion), Particle GI (Global Illumination) and a new “Very High” graphics configuration to support these new features and offer higher levels of rendering quality.

 

The CryENGINE team has also been working to provide fixes for the most prominent issues holding up the community. CryENGINE 3 Free SDK 3.3.9 includes improved SLI/CF support, improved 32-bit driver support, support for 5.1/7.1 surround sound systems and many improvements to CryENGINE 3 Sandbox.

 

You can download it here.

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25. April 2011

 

After deciding that Unity is my Engine of choice, a new contender threw their hat in the ring.  Apparently Crysis is going to be freely available in August.

“In August 2011 we will be launching a free CryEngine SDK. If you want to use it for fun, like all our previous MOD SDKs it will be completely free of charge, to anyone who wants to play with it,” he added.

“We'll be giving you access to the latest, greatest version of CryEngine 3 - the same engine we use internally, the same engine we give to our licensees, the same engine that powers Crysis 2.
“This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC.”

Documentation, written by those who made the engine, will also be available for all, Crytek said.

To be honest, this doesn’t affect my decision in the slightest.  These mod turned engine releases normally are supported and documented so poorly as to be useless.  More importantly, iOS and Android are IMHO the golden goose of the indy game markets, while Crysis is squarely aimed at the high end PC and console market.  Of course, we still have no idea what the commercial license costs will be.

That said, pretty cool to have another entrant in the field, options are never a bad thing.  Nobody sane would ever question the capability of the CryEngine.

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