Sitting all pretty-like at the top of Steam's software roster is the new addition of the
toolkit and source code. For a $10/£6 monthly subscription, developers can license one of the beefiest and feature-rich graphics generators out there for technical boosts such as "perspective-correct volumetric soft shadows" or "procedural object deformation" or "ooh, shiny."
CryEngine's Steam debut follows the release of
Unreal Engine 4's subscription service
two months ago. Both plans bring immediate access to future engine version releases and design documentation straight from each respective studio. A major difference is the absence of royalty fees for commercializing works using CryEngine—the extra revenue stays in the developer's pocket as an extra bit of funding for larger projects. By comparison, Unreal Engine 4 users pay five percent of their earnings to Epic.
And just in case you've not been visited by the great CryEngine eye yet, here's a
you might've heard of
that uses Crytek's powerful workhorse. CryEngine mods have thrived over the last few years, as well; check out the
of Battlefield 2's
Project Reality mod
for an excellent example.