Much maligned by the specist propaganda put out by the writers of fairy tales, toads are finally receiving a positive public image from an unexpected quarter: the CryEngine 3.
CryEngine and UnrealEd are the two big
hitters when it comes to the gaming engine market (though DICE's
Frostbite 2 engine is making waves). We've seen a little of the next
Unreal engine. In their tech demo, Epic opted for fire, brimstone,
and demons. Crytek have gone in a different direction, as you can see
below, it's all greenery and waterfalls:
What stands out in particular is the
focus on large scale vistas. It's of course something Crytek have
always been good at – Far Cry and the first Crysis in particular
made impact with the sheer zise of the maps on offer – but in this
tech demo the grand size is evident in almost every shot, on top of
the complex particle effects and dynamic lighting. It's a clever
route to go, they're setting themselves up as a response to the dank,
brown corridor shooters of the past generation.
Crysis 3's February release date can't
come soon enough.