Crytek are a company well known to controversy. When the original Crysis was released, it was illegally downloaded so much that they claimed at the time another Crysis game would never hit the PC. Fast forward a couple of years, and they didn’t abandon the PC platform, but ironically due to a sloppy internal leak, early code of the game was circulated by BitTorrent and newsgroups.
When Crysis 2 hit the shelves, the reviews were mixed. Many liked the game, but felt that it was a careless console port with nothing extra for the PC audience. No Direct X 11 code, and nothing to test the capabilities of the latest hardware. Sure, it looked great for a Direct X 9 title, but what about the cutting edge engines for cutting edge computers?
Well, they are listening to the public and have offered a suite of free modding tools to that the user base can create their own maps and modifications, following an announcement on the official Crymod blog page.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that the user made content had been neglected while the company had concentrated on getting the game released, but that modders would be feeling the benefits of their latest release.
“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,” he writes. “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.”
An editor application is due to be launched in the summer to allow users to tweak the game and build custom levels. The full CryEngine SDK will be released later, in August and will be free to registered users.
This SDK is being supplied with full documentation written by the coders who worked on the game and Crytek says it will offer support to anyone who wants to distribute content they have created commercially.
KitGuru says: Sadly, still no release of Direct X 11 code, but it might be coming soon. maybe.