Crytek: ‘Unreal Engine 4 doesn’t surprise us. CryEngine 3 is the benchmark’

Tuesday, 7th August 2012 16:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has revealed to VG247 that Unreal Engine 4 didn’t do anything to surprise the studio, and that CryEngine 3 is the benchmark in next-gen technology.

When VG247 asked Yerli what he thought of Epic Games’ reveal of Unreal Engine 4 in comparison to CryEngine 3 he responded, “We have been presenting CryENGINE 3 as next-gen ready technology since GDC 2010. And we think that Unreal Engine 4 has done a good job to catch up, but nothing is there that surprised us and we still believe CryENGINE 3 remains the benchmark.”

We then asked Yerli about CryEngine 3′s ability to ‘future-proof’ Crytek for years to come, and the possibility of a CryEngine 4 in the next generation.

Yerli replied, “We have not clearly defined when, or if, CryENGINE 4 will be released, because the architecture of CryENGINE 3 is so forward-looking that we think of it as having been next generation ready for some years now.”

“We’re already able to deliver next generation graphics sufficient for game developers,” Yerli concluded, “and we’re going to update CryENGINE 3 constantly to improve it, but we don’t see a necessity for the next version now.”

Our full Crytek interview can be found here.



  1. KodyxDestroyer

    Man, he totally comes across as a smug asshole, that thinks he’s some kind of person that’s better than everyone else just because his company made a game engine.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. fearmonkey

    My dad can beat up your dad….yadda yadda yadda….

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @1 I don’t think that’s how he means to come across. He’s saying that everything Unreal Engine 4 can do is unsurprising, given the natural way game development is heading. He’s saying more that it was easy to predict.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Malmer

    He is not wrong. All the bells and whistles of UE4 has been in CE3 for quite a while now.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. KrazyKraut

    He thinks that he is over all others. And always this stupid statements and phrases about the game engine: Best one was: “Crysis 2 will be the best looking PS3 game…” I am not a graphic whore, but you could clearly see how fat his lip is…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    He is actually right.

    CRYENGINE 2.0 had already all direct X10 belts and whistles.

    #6 2 years ago

    I suppose people are expecting him to say that the competition is better…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. HeavyD-Love

    Keep in mind CE3 is currently limited by the outdated hardware too. THey’ve probably seen what it can really do behind closed doors.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. noherczeg

    I almost forgot that almost every second game runs on CE3.


    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    UE does not have the barrage of issues cryengine suffers from. Cryengine still cant produce a good looking ps3 game 8 years down the line.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    This might be true… if CryENGINE wasn’t an unoptimised pile of buggy code. When it comes to optimisation, Unreal’s engine runs rings around them. I’m not the greatest fan of Unreal’s games, but I do love their software engines, and credit where credit is due.

    To me, this sounds like scared talk.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    Crytek has no room to talk their engine is much harder to develop with than any other engine to date. Its broken and it does things that is against what most studio do with their pipeline making development take 2x as long. What I have seen at Demo conference with the new scripting engine in UE4, can’t wait to experiment and hopefully develop with this engine.

    #12 2 years ago

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