CryEngine 3 GDC 2012 demo shows off next-gen graphics

Monday, 12th March 2012 00:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The visual whizzes at Crytek have shown off what they expect the next round of hardware to live up to.

The video demonstrates the CryEngine’s capabilities: character shading, tessellation, character tessellation, ocean tessellation, advanced particle shading, real time reflections and enhanced lighting effects, alembic point cache support, Catmull-Clark compliant SubD surfaces and real time approximated area lights.

On the non-graphics side, there’s also a bit about dynamic AI navigation, high fidelity workflow, and a bit of sizzle for upcoming Crytek products.

Check out the preview reel below, courtesy of IGN. Crytek’s flagship shooter franchise Crysis was the de facto benchmark tool of PC gamers when it released in 2007, and spurred a wave of hardware upgrade.

Thanks, Gamespy.



  1. Kabby

    I want my 3 minutes back. Pointless video.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    awesome vid

    #2 3 years ago
  3. HauntaVirus

    Slick looking engine.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Crysis 1 on my PC in 2007.

    Nothing next gen here.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    @4, Stop trolling, Crysis 1 has nothing on this demo, they could have done a better way of presenting this though. The thing that impressed me the most was the tessellation, never have I seen it done that well, other than unlimited detail’s presentation, but that’s not tessellation at all, completely different with only very vague details about how it exactly works, runs, etc.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @5 Actually beside tessellation everything is in Cryengine 2.
    Just look at this

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5, actually you are trolling. Besides tesselation (which is just a DX11 feature), you can make even better quality stuff than you saw here at the video by just using this engine.

    And Crysis 1 looks better on the max in some areas than in that video. I know that and i saw that with my own eyes on the PC.

    there is nothing next gen. Absolutely nothing. Maybe for console players that enjoyed for 6 years plastic models this is the future, but for me this is the past.

    Samaritan UE demo for example is the future. (That could be already on the PC in 2009)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94


    #8 3 years ago
  9. HeavyD-Love

    Nice. Now bring on the quality games.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Deacon

    @8 hahaha… commendable retort there mate ^_^

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    You all seem to be missing the point, it had nothing to do with textures. Although the textures are good, no doubt, they aren’t what this is about, it’s a demo about the other tech, such as tessellation, shading, reflections, lighting & dynamic AI, although they could have done a better demonstration with the AI part.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Da Man

    Shut up this moment, trolling fanboys. erthazuses know what they’re talking about, they ‘re masters of open gel.

    #12 3 years ago

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