Crytek CEO and president Cevat Yerli announced on the Crymod website that an editor for Crysis 2 will be released to modders this summer, allowing them to build new maps, items and more custom content for Crysis 2. Although no specific release date for the toolset was given, he went on to reveal that the studio also plans to release the free CryENGINE SDK this August.
"If you want to use it for fun, like all our previous MOD SDKs it will be completely free of charge, to anyone who wants to play with it," Yerli said in a public letter. "You just register, download the SDK with a personalized license key and you're good to go!"
He went on to say that CryTek was opening the doors to "the latest, greatest version of" CryENGINE 3, the same engine that powers Crysis 2 and licensed out to other developers.
"This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC," he added.
Yerli said that CryTek will even help developers using the toolset for making commercialized games. "If you want to take your product down a traditional commercial route, we will offer an innovative low cost licensing model if you want to release your game digitally," he said. "If you're looking to use CryENGINE for non-gaming purposes, we'll have a per-seat business model for the engine - please enquire at mycryengine.com for further details."
Currently the Crymod website is down for software upgrades. However, a limited version is expected to go live today, April 29. CryTek has no idea when the full modding website will be back online.