Been a while since I posted anything on the gaming front. I guess I have some time on my hands to pull back a little from the security and IT focus. All work and no play…
According to Shack News, Crytek is planning a low-cost version of its CryEngine, likened to Epic’s Unreal Development Kit. The business model is expected to be “extremely user-friendly”, lowering the barriers for entry, and perhaps even free 8). Details are not completely hammered out, but I like what I’m hearing here. This is a powerful engine, and I would love to get my mittens on it for a couple of concepts that I’ve been rolling around for a number of years with my limited little 3D Game Studio scripting engine.
Epic Games’ Unreal Development Kit is a standalone version of the popular Unreal Engine 3, which is free for non-commercial and educational use. It’s also used by indie developers for commercial titles, as developers can start work without paying hefty licensing fees up front. Instead, they accept to pay a 25% royalty rate on sales past the first $50,000. Eye candy laden mech combat FPS Hawken is one commercial UDK project.
Time to revisit the UDK project page, and add Crytek to my engine monitoring list! Woohoo! I can’t wait to get one of these engines up and working.