Most of you know that I seldom play multiplayer games online. It’s not because I don’t play well with others, hate human beings or suck at games (though all three of those could well be true). It’s just that I prefer my videogames to be solitary escapism. I like shutting myself off from the rest of the world and retreating to the realm of fantasy. Crytek wants that to go away.
Think back to 2011, and if you had to name a contender for best visuals, you’d be hard pressed to find a game that looked better than Crysis 2. While new mods and extra hardware made the Independence Day simulator look unreal on PC, the game still looked real good on console. And for the next entry in that franchise, developer Crytek is promising a next-gen game on current-gen hardware.
Crysis 3 isn’t even out yet, not expected for a few months – but that hasn’t stopped Crysis developer Crytek from talking about the next Crysis. Here’s the kicker though; they won;t be calling it Crysis 4, and plan on releasing something a game that does 'radical and new' things.
There’s no denying that we’re looking at a future wherein games are turning into freemium services, with a core package being gratis, while the niftier features will cost you a few extra pennies. Whether this will be a phase or something that reworks the digital landscape is uncertain though, but whoever takes advantage of it, could see themselves at the top of the food chain. And that’s something that Crytek believes is going to happen with the PS3.
Free to play is the next big thing in games, with numerous top tier developers and publishers - including Crytek - embracing the model. It allows developers to release a game for free, making their money through in-game microtransactions. It’s proven to be rather lucrative - and has the added side effect of nullifying software piracy. It’s not something you find much on consoles right now, but it should be - and might be a necessary model for platform holders to embrace come next-gen, if Crytek is to be believed.
Crytek, the graphics-focused game developer is pretty pleased with its new CryEngine - believing it not only goes head to head with, put surpasses Epic’s Unreal Engine 4. We’ll only really be able to tell which is the superior engine once games that utilise them start coming out, but until then, we can ogle at videos showing off each engines features. Today, we take a look at CryEngine 3.