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We talk about the switch from Unity to CryEngine and give a sneak peek to a new map for Project Icarus.

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We've done it again. We changed engines once more. Why the switch? Because CryEngine. Yes, that's right, we've moved onto CryEngine 3 for the development of Project Icarus.

The first reason why the switch is because Unity isn't a FPS main engine, it's built for mostly mobile and RPG games. While there's no problem with that, it doesn't really work with Project Icarus. CryEngine just, or is, about to release a new commercial license program that I could not pass up. It's a royalty program rather than a limit or a cash upfront program like most engines go for these days. And it's nearly the full engine they provide as well, not something stripped down that Unity and others are known for.

The second reason is the aesthetics. This engine is beautiful. Everything flows and works beautifully. I'm still blown away by how the water moves and reacts to the objects. The particles, the detail, everything is built in. You don't need to go crazy looking for assets, plugins, or anything of the sort. Everything is provided by CryTek.

The third reason is that it's stupid easy to learn. There are plenty of tutorials online to help take you in step by step, and it's forgiving for your nooby-ness. I've dealt with Unity for quite sometime and I just couldn't wrap my brain around it. Fiddling with CryEngine in 3 days, and I've already started to create a map for our game. Yes, it's that easy. Scripting and programming isn't too crazy either because it uses the common LUA and C++ language (and flowchart).

The fourth and final reason is... CryEngine. I mean come on... this badboy rivals UDK and then some! I've also noticed the support CryTek offers for their IndieDevs, and it's second to none. You're talking to the people that worked on games like FarCry and Crysis who know the engine inside and out. You can't ask for anything more!

So without further ado, let me show you part 1 of the speed mapping I did with CryEngine for Project Icarus' first map.

Like always, thanks for the read, I'll be updating again with the second video once I get it done.

(I've also realized there's isn't a section on here for CryEngine, sad times.)

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ANumberSquared
ANumberSquared

Woah, woah, woah- Cryengine easier than... Unity? CryTek being friendly to small developers?

But there's no arguing about the graphics. :)

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LethalLens Author
LethalLens

I was surprised too. It's amazing how quickly I was able to get my hands on the SDK and full support from CryTek.

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MrMazure
MrMazure

Definitely interesting...

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natostanco
natostanco

In my experience every game I have tried that uses cry looks terrible and still with low fps at the lowest quality.

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LethalLens Author
LethalLens

Does this mean you tried Crysis and FarCry with it looking terrible at low FPS?

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Ultimoore
Ultimoore

So this means no Linux and Mac support now I take it.

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LethalLens Author
LethalLens

Mac support was never a clear objective of ours. Linux however, is still in the horizon.

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Ultimoore
Ultimoore

That is great to hear!

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