Crytek sure knows how to get the ball rolling. They’ve announced CryENGINE 3, their next video game engine. For the record, the first one was used by Far Cry, the second by Crysis and the third one will be by, well, we don’t know that yet.
This is worth getting excited about for the sole fact that every time Crytek shows off their new engine, peoples’ minds explode. “CryENGINE 3 will set the benchmark for complete game engine solutions in performance,” according to Crytek themselves. I don’t doubt that for a second.
Interestingly, CryENGINE 3 will be developed for use on the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with the PC. And Crytek has also kept the option for future consoles open. It’s ready for the next generation of gaming (and this one, fear not). It may also be used for MMOs and stuff, so keep your eyes open.
The engine will feature high scalability and stuff, DirectX 9 and 10 are supported. We just hope it actually runs on mortal computers, unlike Crysis.
The engine will be revealed to the unwashed masses at the Game Developers Conference, which will be held March 23-27. I remember being totally awestruck when they showed of CryENGINE 2 for Crysis. I expect the same this time, Crytek.