CryEngine development kit subscription available on Steam

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CryEngine

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Sitting all pretty-like at the top of Steam's software roster is the new addition of the CryEngine (opens in new tab) 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 few games 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 big-brother version (opens in new tab) of Battlefield 2's Project Reality mod for an excellent example.

Omri Petitte

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?