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Epic Disses Crytek, Claims Engine Dominance

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Epic's Mike Capps doesn't understand why everyone takes Crytek so seriously.

Epic Games president Mike Capps, the biggest driving force behind the company's push to license its Unreal Engine to developers, recently questioned the hype surrounding Crytek's competing gaming engine, CryEngine 3. At the same time, Capps believes that Unreal Engine 4, when released, will be the market-leading development engine for upcoming PC games and next-generation console titles.

But although a little mud-slinging is expected between rival companies, what's his big beef against Crytek? In a nutshell, he's surprised anyone takes the studio seriously since the previous engine--CryEngine 2--didn't appear on the consoles as originally planned.

"It’s difficult for us to know what their position is," he said in a recent interview. "They’ve positioned themselves strongly as the 'we're gonna be on console, push one button and it’s great on all three platforms' engine. Warhead was going to come out in 2008 and was going to be their first big console game, and then they just cut console development from CryEngine 2 entirely, and suddenly we had a new engine. So, they’ve yet to ship an Xbox 360 game and we’re five years in. It surprises me that people take them seriously as a cross-platform engine company. We don’t know how to compete against a company that hasn’t shipped yet. It’s all potential, so we’ll see.”

As for the Unreal Engine 4, the outlook for the next generation is somewhat murky compared to the last round, leaving the team rather nervous. Still, Capps seemed rather excited on the PC front. "If you look at what’s happening in the PC market--Larrabee and all that--it’s really taking off, and I think the jump to next generation’s going to be another really big one, which is great for tech guys. Most likely, you’re not going to want to make that massive investment yourself, you’re going to look to come to a company like Epic."

Yep, despite all the console love, Epic still seems to care about the PC gamers. Now is a good time to bring out Unreal 3, no?

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    RipperjackAU , May 11, 2010 7:30 PM
    ... but does Unreal play Crysis?

    You have to ask, given the nature of the story, compairing one to the other.
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    warezme , May 11, 2010 7:34 PM
    the guy sounds like a moron, "Larrabee and all--its really taking off" ???? WTF & Whatever. New Unreal engine? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
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    AMW1011 , May 11, 2010 7:28 PM
    Sounds like he is getting worried, a new major engine in to run with UR4 would definitely be nice, especially if the Cryengine 3 can produce the same amazing graphics and good physics much more efficiently than Cryengine2.
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    AMW1011 , May 11, 2010 7:28 PM
    Sounds like he is getting worried, a new major engine in to run with UR4 would definitely be nice, especially if the Cryengine 3 can produce the same amazing graphics and good physics much more efficiently than Cryengine2.
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    RipperjackAU , May 11, 2010 7:30 PM
    ... but does Unreal play Crysis?

    You have to ask, given the nature of the story, compairing one to the other.
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    warezme , May 11, 2010 7:34 PM
    the guy sounds like a moron, "Larrabee and all--its really taking off" ???? WTF & Whatever. New Unreal engine? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
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    BoxBabaX , May 11, 2010 7:36 PM
    RipperjackAU... but does Unreal play Crysis?You have to ask, given the nature of the story, compairing one to the other.


    hahahaha :) 
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    Kelavarus , May 11, 2010 7:46 PM
    What? Larrabee? Someone hasn't been reading the news.

    At "Does Unreal play Crysis", check out the demo map from the newest version of UDK. :)  Not quite there yet, but it's getting close. I think the biggest downfall of Unreal Engine 3.5 right now is probably lack of antialiasing.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Unreal 4, though this kind of annoys me. Last we heard, they were angling towards consoles, now they seem to flipping and talking about PCs. Perhaps the rage of the PC Gamers is getting to them.
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    maigo , May 11, 2010 7:47 PM
    CryEngine looks nice but it doesn't work as well and it sure as hell isn't proven like Unreal
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    Dylvh , May 11, 2010 7:49 PM
    Afraid of a little competition?
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    mlopinto2k1 , May 11, 2010 7:49 PM
    It sounds like maybe he shouldn't have been quoted for the whole world to see his words. Sounds more like a personal conversation he would have had to someone in his level. People talk like this all the time. Why would he publicly bash another game developer? Just doesn't make sense. Who cares. Let Crytek do their thing and focus on your own damn development. His comments remind me of some of the comments here on Tom's... way too opinionated.
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    dman3k , May 11, 2010 7:49 PM
    I'll take the Legend of Zelda NES engine!
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    builderbobftw , May 11, 2010 7:54 PM
    fact remains that the engine used in Crysis, Cry 2, was the best ever graphics engine at the time, and Cry 3 is set to be evn better.

    Jelous Much?
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    Bluescreendeath , May 11, 2010 7:56 PM
    maigoCryEngine looks nice but it doesn't work as well and it sure as hell isn't proven like Unreal

    If you run Crysis on medium settings, it would run just as well as Unreal while looking the same or slightly better.

    The reason why Cryengine2 doesn't "work as well" maxed out because it is leaps and bounds better looking than the Unreal engine and the vast majority of computers can't handle it.
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    dreamer77dd , May 11, 2010 7:57 PM
    This is the first time hearing about Unreal Engine 4. i only bin reading about CryEngine 3 I hope to see a comparison. i like that their is competition between the 2 bringing us faster into the future, better for consumers both are pretty good at what they do. Which one is easiest to work and develop with, only time will tell.
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    bobusboy , May 11, 2010 8:02 PM
    As long as every UR4 game doesnt look the same the way every UR3 games does i dont really care, personally more engines the better, if developers used their own engines we'd see a great deal more graphical diversity. I realise the obsticals to this but even so, bring on C2 and C3 and UR4, frostbite, valve etc.
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    spigias , May 11, 2010 8:03 PM
    I don't prefer handicapped console-pc engines running on pc, exclusive pc engines(Cryengine) are far more polished.
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    anamaniac , May 11, 2010 8:05 PM
    Aren't tons of UR games Vert-?
    Until all games, not just a few, based on their engine are Hort+, I can't take them seriously.
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    tommysch , May 11, 2010 8:15 PM
    Plz no more cross-platform support!
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    dreamer77dd , May 11, 2010 8:22 PM
    would like to see more multi thread games to use the extra strength out of my cpu but nothing i really bin said. i would make it easy to build and develop so people would like using my software, thinking about the playstation 3 where it was difficult to develop for.
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    hellwig , May 11, 2010 8:25 PM
    I was gonna say the CryEngine isn't so bad, but then I just read that Far Cry 2 wasn't Crytek, and since I never felt like dumping a couple grand into a machine that could play Crysis, I guess I've never actually seen the engine. So, uh, why is Epic bashing an engine that powers a whopping total of 1 games? I don't even think that counts as competition. Is Epic just upset Crytek didn't license the Unreal engine for Crysis? Then all those "but can it play crysis" jokes would be directed at their crappy engine.

    I wanna know why the Serious Engine never took off. Back in the day Serious looked much more impressive than Quake and Unreal (no CryEngine or Source back then obviously).
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    wolfram23 , May 11, 2010 8:53 PM
    Bleh misleading article, he only dismisses it as a multi platform engine - which so far, it's not. But it's still a ridiculously sexy looking engine on PC.
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