CryEngine is a game engine of the German developer Crytek Studios.
The first game that drew on this engine was, also developed by Crytek Far Cry, which was released in 2004. The CryEngine then had outstanding graphics quality based on techniques such as bump mapping, pixel shader 2.0 and vertex shader 2.0. She could stand out particularly through their water display and the great sight. The engine has been extended gradual in conjunction with the Far Cry game; with patches came features such as High Dynamic Range rendering, geometry instancing, support for 64- bit CPUs, offset mapping, and support for newer versions added shader ( shader model 2.0b and 3.0). For use in the technology demo The Project also a depth of field effect has been added.
On 16 November 2007 the game Crysis, the CryEngine 2 uses appeared. The CryEngine 2 contained all the features of the first version and has been extended to volumetric clouds, detailed facial illustrations, plant movement during contact with the player character and another. This irritated the CryEngine 2 the performance potential of the release time of the current hardware generation from often.
On 27 March 2009 at GDC 2009 CryEngine 3 Crytek showed the CryEngine 3 runs alongside the PC to the consoles Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 you also runs on the Wii U and subsequent next-gen consoles. The Sandbox of engine permitted by Crytek working simultaneously on all three platforms. With sufficient computing power even 3D output is (after the off-center projection principle ) in 4K digital cinema format possible. Since 18 August 2011, a free version of the Cryengine 3 is available. For commercial projects, an additional license is required.
The CryEngine 3 originally supported only DirectX 9.0c. Thanks a subsequently released patches DirectX 11 is currently supported what visible effect on the quality of the graphics output.
On the Gamescom a free SDK was released on August 18, 2011 may be developed with the non- commercial games.
The CryEngine 3 is currently marketed in four different licensing models:
List of programs that use the CryEngine
- Far Cry
- Blue Mars
- Crysis Warhead
- Entropia Universe
- Merchants of Brooklyn
- Cabal 2
- Class 3
- Crysis (Xbox 360, Playstation 3)
- Crysis 2
- Crysis 3
- Enemy front
- Enodo Urban Life System
- Forged by Chaos
- Military simulation of the U.S. military
- Elite Destroyer
- Project Reality 2
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
- Tour Golf Online
- Mechwarrior online
- Star Citizen