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Crytek: UE4 Just Now Catching Up with CryEngine 3

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CryEngine 3 offered Unreal Engine 4's level of quality three years ago, claims Crytek head.

In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Crytek head Cevat Yerli said Unreal Engine 4's level of quality has existed in CryEngine 3 for the last three years. There are also "tangible differences" between the two software engines, something people won't notice when they're comparing in-game screenshots.

"You can go back three years ago to the GDC videos," he said. "What we put out there is pretty much what Unreal Engine 4 put out now. And what many others are doing now too. We haven’t really put out our latest stuff yet."

He goes on to say that the next iteration of CryEngine will be revealed soon, but the current engine has been next-gen ready since 2009.

"If I look at what people call next-gen technology now, it’s what we were seeing three years ago," Yerli added. "We already had massive particle systems, we already had GPU rendering, all these things. Deferred shading. We had tessellation already since we shipped Crysis 2. We already had DX11. We didn’t just talk it up as tech demos, we have games that are shipped and are doing it."

So at this level, what's the difference between CryEngine 3 and competitors like Unreal Engine 4? He said it's the "fluidity of the overall experience," comparing the differences with an Android phone and an iPhone. Both can do the same things, but the iPhone feels more fluid, more organic.

"It’s not just about ticking off boxes next to features," he said. "It’s a holistic experience that has to be fluid and flawless and real. Not show. It must be real. That’s us and what CryEngine always stands for. It was always a very substantial, robust, polished experience that gamers will see."

"I also think that we are dedicated to online games," he added. "When you look at our number of licensees in that space, we have more licensees than any other engine in the online space. In the console space it’s a different story. In the console space we’re definitely not leading. But I think the next time around, it’s going to be a very different picture."

Sounds like a challenge, Epic.

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    blubbey , June 14, 2012 8:38 PM
    What I'd like is for them to have Dx11 and high res textures on release.
    flowingbassLooks like crytek is jealous of UE4...

    Jealousy is stating facts?
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    mortsmi7 , June 14, 2012 9:29 PM
    "In the console space we’re definitely not leading."

    I read this as: "Consoles suck."
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    fonzy , June 14, 2012 8:28 PM
    How about improving on Crysis 1 it has been 5 years. We don't want ports!
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    alxianthelast , June 14, 2012 8:13 PM
    Now compare Samaritan/The Elemental, tech demos to Crysis 3 a shipped game.

    Can the average Joe even run Crysis 3 at maximum everything like we see in Crytek's demos? They are practically as appropriate as Epic showcasing their tech with demos, even if neither is actually a game, or if Epic even has plans for a AAA PC games.

    I like the argument that Crytek makes games.. while Epic hasn't exactly abandoned PC gaming in order to pursue Gears on consoles.. but on a tech side of things it is hard to say if Crytek is better at making AAA PC games than Epic. It really is an apple and android comparison.
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    fonzy , June 14, 2012 8:28 PM
    How about improving on Crysis 1 it has been 5 years. We don't want ports!
  • 26 Hide
    blubbey , June 14, 2012 8:38 PM
    What I'd like is for them to have Dx11 and high res textures on release.
    flowingbassLooks like crytek is jealous of UE4...

    Jealousy is stating facts?
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    sp0nger , June 14, 2012 8:46 PM
    I dont think thier jelous, just pissed UE4 has gotten a lot more attention that Cryengine3

    While crytek has had tech advantage for a while now, UE4 has the advantage of better marketing.. I have heard a lot more of my console gamer friends talk about UE4 and next gen more so than i ever heard talking about Cryengine 3

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    scooterlibby , June 14, 2012 8:49 PM
    Haha if memory serves Crysis 3 did NOT ship with tessalation. We had to wait quite awhile for that DX11 patch. Not saying his primary argument is BS, but that particukar claim is laughable.
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    killerchickens , June 14, 2012 8:50 PM
    blubbeyWhat I'd like is for them to have Dx11 and high res textures on release.Jealousy is stating facts?


    The sky is blue saying that must mean I'm jealous. Damn you sky and your blueness! :lol: 
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    atikkur , June 14, 2012 8:51 PM
    but i felt too many static in crysis 2... especially its lighting.. not impressed.
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    cxinformatique , June 14, 2012 8:59 PM
    I LOVE THIS :) 
  • 11 Hide
    Patflute , June 14, 2012 9:09 PM
    lol Crysis wasn't a PC port...

    The console Crysis came out in 2011...
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    ringzero , June 14, 2012 9:24 PM
    scooterlibbyHaha if memory serves Crysis 3 did NOT ship with tessalation. We had to wait quite awhile for that DX11 patch. Not saying his primary argument is BS, but that particukar claim is laughable.

    Crysis 3 didn't ship with anything, because it hasn't shipped yet. Early 2013. It will have tesselation.
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    mortsmi7 , June 14, 2012 9:29 PM
    "In the console space we’re definitely not leading."

    I read this as: "Consoles suck."
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    scooterlibby , June 14, 2012 9:41 PM
    ringzeroCrysis 3 didn't ship with anything, because it hasn't shipped yet. Early 2013. It will have tesselation.



    Dude I clealry mis-typed. If you read the article he implied Crysis 2 (yes 2, not 3, terrible sorry) shipped with DX11, which it definitely did not. You intentionally took an obvious typo and spun it.
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    bluestar2k11 , June 14, 2012 9:42 PM
    Might have a bit to do with the fact, not only publicity, but the UE's run better. I don't yet have a UE based game that has problems running. But I've had issues with Farcry, Crysis, and Aion on many occasions, which all of course, run some version of the Cryengine. Or maybe Crytek just sucks at coding well i do not know.

    Besides that. The company that shows off their engine more, and has greater market penetration, is obviously going to be talked about more, regardless of if your engine has been prettier for longer.

    Personally, I would place money in UE4 then Cryengine 3.
    But in either case, I'm curious to see how future games will look and run on either engine. Maybe my video cards DX abilities will finally be put to use.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 9:46 PM
    You guy are all on crack rarely do games ship looking like tech demos!! Cryengine>UE4 anyday of the week. Another engine to look out for is the Glacier 2 for Hitman Absolution and the 4A engine from Metro. The funny thing you all seem to forget is that Crysis 1 after all these years still has the best graphics.
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    erunion , June 14, 2012 9:48 PM
    Hur Dur. We R liek teh Iphonez!
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    ph1sh55 , June 14, 2012 10:12 PM
    I thought what was impressive about the UE4 engine demo wasn't the technical prowess but rather the strides it was going to making developing games on it significantly easier. You can have all the technical quality you want, but it seemed like UE4 engine is implementing some very dev friendly features for their workflow that may be superior to working with other engines.
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    msgun98 , June 14, 2012 11:53 PM
    Regardless of which engine maxes out the best, I've always felt games that run on the Unreal Engine are extremely well optimized... can't say the same for Crytek.
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    bison88 , June 15, 2012 12:02 AM
    Seems like a cry for attention from Crytek. Comparing the game engines of Unreal & CryEngine is literally apples to oranges for game developers. Maybe they should ask why developers license Unreal over there engine and they'd see the reasons why they are overlooked.
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