The ultra-pretty engine behind the power-hungry Crysis is getting a free treatment for game developers.

The engine will surely rival the Unreal engine once it is actually released.

Cevat Yerli, the CEO behind the engine, said modders already have access to the engine as an extension to the game, but not the entire engine from the ground up.

He said the move goes well beyond a Crysis mod.

“Yes, but — to be frank — not as a mod. So far that’s what we’ve been offering for free, and it’s easy entry into the production environment. [But] we do want to make a standalone free platform that people can run independent of CryEngine that will also be up to speed with the latest engine.”

The engine could be the next step in amazing indie games, I cannot wait to see what inventive designers do with this — even though my junk PC will likely not run a single one.

[Via Develop Online]

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