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Crytek Demonstrates 3D Game Engine

The guys behind hit game Crysis have come up with a new game engine, named CryENGINE3 which introduces full 3D capabilities and could encourage game developers to create enough content to kickstart a full blow 3D revolution.

Crysis is still viewed by many as the game that can bring even a powerful computer down to its knees and the phrase "but can it play Crysis" is still a popular comment for any new video card that comes to the market.

Crytek's CryENGINE3 will be a multiplatform engine, therefore allowing developers to cover as many environments as possible - including the PS3 and the Xbox 360 - and in theory allow them to code 3D games for mobile platforms.

Carl Jones, Crytek's head of global development business, said that "Over the past few years, S-3D [stereoscopic 3D] technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games. With CryEngine 3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3D on all platforms."

Expect the first demos using this brand new game engine to emerge in a few days at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

Our Comments

3D could save the content industry since it could allow publishers to integrate more features into existing favourites and add a new spin to old ones. It is not without risk though and piracy is still rampant and a major problem.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.