CryTek, developers of Crysis and Far Cry, may be one of the most ambitious independent developers in the world. The developer’s line up at GDC only serves to further prove that point.
CryTek will be at GDC this week showcasing all of its new technologies with the most important being CryENGINE 3 that takes advantage of the improvements to graphics technology afforded by Direct X 11. There are other exciting developments to be announced as well, however, with the launch of GFACE and other services headlining their massive showing.
CryTek will be showing off GFACE at its booth this week. GFACE is the developer’s new social entertainment service that offers a place for third-party developers to host their “social, casual, core free2play games.” They are looking for developers to join the launch so shoot them an email at email@example.com if you want to take part in their new platform.
The other online service being shown off is Warface, a free-to-play first-person shooter that displays next-gen visuals that would be expected of full retail games.
“With Warface we aim to become the next-gen of free to play shooters that are on par with traditional AAA games in terms of quality. We have the team and technology to make it happen and are starting with strong partners in Asia to ensure we gain experience with the free to play business model”, said Cevat Yerli, CEO & President of Crytek. “It’s the next logical step for us to bring this new IP to a global audience and thus to our worldwide community.”
The most exciting show will of course be CryENGINE 3 with CryTek doing live demonstrations every hour. The topics being covered are “DX 11 graphics and tool upgrades, Cinebox, creating characters for CryENGINE, AI systems, UI actions and flow graph and after action feature set for serious games.”
CryTek’s complimentary team, Real Time Immersive, will also be on the show floor talking about using CryENGINE 3 in simulation titles.
If you’re looking for a job with CryTek or just want to work on games in Germany, CryTek will be looking to hire people at the show.
CryTek has always been one of the most impressive developers to watch, even if their games tend to be more style than substance. While Crysis 2 ran on CryENGINE 3, it still didn’t wow people like the first Crysis did. With their next game, we’ll be able to see if the developer can really get the best out of their engine.
Here's an amazing trailer that shows what CryENGINE 3 is capable of. As an added bonus, it's not a first-person shooter.
For more examples, here's what CryENGINE 3 is capable of in a first-person game: