CryEngine 3 Ready for Massively Multiplayer

Crytek's Carl Jones, director of global business development, recently predicted that most game genres will eventually harbor massively multiplayer communities. Of course, Jones also threw in a bit of advertisement on behalf of his employer, saying that CryEngine 3 is definitely ready for the upcoming task. That's not at all surprising considering the original CryEngine technology--released years ago--still serves as a high-end benchmark for today's hardware.

"Online gaming is without doubt the future of gaming," he told Develop magazine. "Where you draw the line at ‘massively’ multiplayer is a matter of opinion, but we can see most--if not all--games involving communities of players in the future. Products such as NCsoft’s Aion prove the power of CryEngine technology for these types of games."

He offers examples on how the engine is ideal for MMOs, providing environment sizes that are limited only to developer budgets. The engine also provides intelligent streaming technology that leeches everything it can from the host platform, taking advantage of multiple CPUs, data clustering and compression. Ultimately he said that the latest CryEngine incarnation is more "well rounded" than the first two installments, and will do quite well in the middleware market.

Currently Crytek has quite a few companies taking advantage of the CryEngine technology, spanning the just-launched Aion from NC Soft, the upcoming virtual world Blue Mars from Avatar Reality, and even an unannounced MMORPG from XMLGames.

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  • matt87_50
    Heaven forbid that good game play was the future of gaming!
    I like multi player, I love l4d and CS, and TF2, but its NOT the be all and end all! not every game needs to be multi player!! Portal was a fantastic game, and look! no multi player! who would of thought that good story and game play could lead to an awesome game, even without the shining light that multi player apparently brings to every singly F*&#ing genre!!!

    It's just the latest buzz word! riding off of the 'success' of twitter and facebook, and all those other web2.0 technologies that just feed off of our need to make our opinions heard (irony/hypocrisy understood).

    And in the same way those sites 'work' they don't need to bother coming up with story or gameplay or AI, or any content really, just throw a whole bunch of people in a virtual room together and they will make their own fun. and you can pay us for the privilege.

    I like multi player. I probably like single player more. I wish they would stop tacking it on to every single game as a random selling point!

    I guess my real problem is "oh, now Multiplayer is awesome?? all of a sudden? we in the PC world have been doing it for over a decade with no one kicking up a fuss, but now the n00b consoles have finally caught up, oh yes, NOW its THE SH*T!!", everyone just ignores PC gaming and yet it's where all the tech comes from. so its like there is this 10 year lag between stuff being invented, and that stuff actually being adopted properly because their are too many people who can't figure out how to install a game on a PC! too many people who buy a PC off the shelf from HP then wonder why it can't run games! so they all flock to the consoles and live in the stone age!
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  • michaelahess
    Quote:
    "Online gaming is without doubt the future of gaming,"


    This guy is obviously an idiot. This is obviously not true of all gamers desires. I know many, many people that don't play online, they want a solid story and great experience. It's like reading a book. MMORPG's are just a time waster for all the lazy ass, unemployed, pieces of shit that call themselves Americans these days. WOW my ass, means "Why? On Welfare!" not World of Warcraft anymore.
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  • doomtomb
    michaelahessThis guy is obviously an idiot. This is obviously not true of all gamers desires. I know many, many people that don't play online, they want a solid story and great experience. It's like reading a book. MMORPG's are just a time waster for all the lazy ass, unemployed, pieces of shit that call themselves Americans these days. WOW my ass, means "Why? On Welfare!" not World of Warcraft anymore.

    Find somewhere else to vent your frustration. You're probably an ex-WoW player.
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  • michaelahess
    No, just sick of all the hours people waste on these stupid games. Productivity per individual in America is going down the tubes, and a large part of that is people avoiding life in these games. It's a worse addition than crack.
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