Crytek: Crysis 2 editor this summer, CryEngine SDK in August

By on April 24, 2011, 3:26 PM
Cevat Yerli, CEO & President of Crytek, has penned an open letter titled "Be Free... Be Creative... Be the Developer" in which he outlines his company's plans for the modding community. This summer, Crytek will release the Crysis 2 Editor for those who want to create content for Crysis 2. In August 2011, Crytek will launch its free CryEngine SDK for all of those who want to create new content with CryEngine 3.

Crytek will support two types of projects. If you want to create free mods, Crytek will let you do so free of charge. If you want to commercialize your game, Crytek will also help support that.

The Crysis 2 Editor will allow modders to build maps, items, and custom content for the game. The company also plans to share all its documentation written by the developers and launch an improved crymod.com website for the community.

The CryEngine SDK meanwhile will include everything needed to create a complete game from the ground up. This will give modders access to the latest version of CryEngine 3 the same one Crytek uses internally, the same engine it gives to its licensees, the same engine that powers Crysis 2. This includes C++ code access, Crytek's content exporters (including the company's LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph, and asset examples.

Whether you are a game developer, a game modder, or just a gamer, you should be excited with what Crytek has announced. Here is the open letter in full:

Hello to all of you.

Here at Crytek we value our community, and we love what you do with our engine. In recent times our focus has been heavily on the development of Crysis 2, however our modding community has been, and remains, very important to us.

So, I wanted to tell you about our plans for supporting you in the future with some really exciting news, which I want to share with you now. Modding with the most powerful game engine is coming back!

We want to see what you guys can do with CryENGINE 3 and we hope we'll be as amazed with the things you create as we have been over the past few years. This time around, we're going to do things in a different way - offering you the right tools to achieve your vision.

First of all, we will be launching an Editor for Crysis 2 early in summer. This will allow you to build new maps, items and more custom content for Crysis 2. For teams looking for even more creative freedom, we have another option: The free CRYENGINE SDK.

Be Free
In August 2011 we will be launching a free CryENGINE SDK. 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! You just register, download the SDK with a personalized license key and you're good to go!

Be Creative
We'll be giving you access to the latest, greatest version of CryENGINE 3 - the same engine we use internally, the same engine we give to our licensees, the same engine that powers Crysis 2.

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.

Be The Developer
With all this power in your hands - we know you're going to do some amazing things with the engine, so we're working out how best to support you.

We'll also be sharing our documentation with you, which is written by the developers of the engine, and we'll be giving you a new and improved crymod.com. We'll update the Free CryENGINE SDK regularly, to make sure you have access to all the advances we make to CryENGINE 3.

If you want to use it to make a game to launch commercially, we'd like to help you with that. 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.

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.

So to go over the details again:

Our next release will be the Crysis 2 Editor, this is for those of you who want to create content for Crysis 2. In August 2011, we will launch our Free CryENGINE SDK for all of you who want to create totally new content on CryENGINE 3. If you just want to make fun, free projects, you can do that free of charge. If you want to try and commercialise your game, we'll be here to help you with that.

I truly value the contribution you have all made to our company and I hope we can continue giving back to you in future.

All the best,
Cevat Yerli
CEO & President of Crytek




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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If, and only if, Crysis 2 wasn't such a hacker nest, watered down, call-of-duty-copycat game, then maybe I would be excited.

I just hope DICE does the same for Battlefield 3...

Lurker101 said:

lawfer said:I just hope DICE does the same for Battlefield 3...

What? You want them to make Battlefield 3 into a hacker nest, watered down, call-of-duty-copycat game?

wujj123456 said:

lawfer said:

If, and only if, Crysis 2 wasn't such a hacker nest, watered down, call-of-duty-copycat game, then maybe I would be excited.

I just hope DICE does the same for Battlefield 3...

Only the editor is bounded to Crysis 2. CryEngine SDK basically allows you to create anything.

Btw, BF3 Editor won't come, as mentioned in an interview. DICE thinks it's too complicated for outside developers and it's hard to wrap up the toolkit. Of course, I view that comment as an excuse. DICE is not even selling FrostBite Engine and there is no reason to release an engine editor to public.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

that would be nice crysis 2 was bad but the Engine is great can wait to give it a try

yRaz yRaz said:

Okay, but WHEN is the DX11 patch coming? Too little too late crytek, the market has lost interest on this console blunder.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Lurker101 said:

lawfer said:I just hope DICE does the same for Battlefield 3...

What? You want them to make Battlefield 3 into a hacker nest, watered down, call-of-duty-copycat game?

Can't tell if you're trolling... I was talking about releasing the editor, not releasing an equally crappy game.

wujj123456 said:

lawfer said:

If, and only if, Crysis 2 wasn't such a hacker nest, watered down, call-of-duty-copycat game, then maybe I would be excited.

I just hope DICE does the same for Battlefield 3...

Only the editor is bounded to Crysis 2. CryEngine SDK basically allows you to create anything.

Btw, BF3 Editor won't come, as mentioned in an interview. DICE thinks it's too complicated for outside developers and it's hard to wrap up the toolkit. Of course, I view that comment as an excuse. DICE is not even selling FrostBite Engine and there is no reason to release an engine editor to public.

I'm not talking about the SDK. The editor is what I believe is uninteresting at the moment.

And the general manager at DICE said he doesn't not know yet whether editing tools will be released because, right now, the team is focused on creating their best game yet. He said, putting team resources into editing tools would slow down the game's progress due to the time it takes simplifying said tools for consumer use. He did say, however, that it might be something that could arrive post-launch, probably several months after... Which is why I meant that I hope that it takes them about the same time it took Crytek to release them (3-5 months).

I don't care if they don't launch with the game; having DICE support the modding community (and consequently the game itself) is the most important thing.

T77 T77 said:

Well till date I haven't figured out how to load a mod for crysis!!!...... :P

Lurker101 said:

Just google it. It works for everything else.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

I heard Crytek will be releasing another patch soon. However, still no news on the ETA of that Direct X 11 patch.

blackbellysheep said:

wow so many disappointed with crysis 2, and here i was thinking it's a great game.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

blackbellysheep said:

wow so many disappointed with crysis 2, and here i was thinking it's a great game.

Me too. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and am blown away by all of the little enhancements that Crytek put in CryEngine 3. I'm afraid that some of my PC friends are a little emotionally unstable and refuse to evaluate Crysis 2 objectively.

yRaz yRaz said:

wagan8r said:

blackbellysheep said:

wow so many disappointed with crysis 2, and here i was thinking it's a great game.

Me too. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and am blown away by all of the little enhancements that Crytek put in CryEngine 3. I'm afraid that some of my PC friends are a little emotionally unstable and refuse to evaluate Crysis 2 objectively.

Is it a good game? sure! Is it worthy of the Crysis name or meet the expectations we have of crytek? hell no. The game even had a "press the start button" before it was patched. The controls are sloppy and the graphics really aren't that good. The Crysis 2 story contradicts the first in many aspects. They didn't deliver on the graphics side and on top of that, they didn't even throw in DX11 support at the start. I think the only reason they are putting an editor in Crysis 2 is because of the backlash they got from the PC community. It was PC gamers going around telling the console gamers to get it. Crytek completely screwed the PC gamer and started charging the console tax. $60 for a damn game, and don't tell me it's because the price of everything is going up. If PC games are $60 now why the heck aren't console games $70? It was the PC community that had Cryteks back on this and endorsed it. They ended up bending us over backwards.

Look, it's just not crysis. They used some names over again, they have a nano suit and you fight aliens. That's pretty much the only thing it has in common with the first. I would probably still play it even if it wasn't named crysis 2. I just refuse to accept that this is what Crytek wants to call Crysis 2 and then they have the audacity to charge us an extra $10

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