For those that fancy themselves as sculptors of the future, Crytek’s world-building game engine is available now for free. Unreal.
The press release announcing the launch of the CryEngine 3 SDK touts it as the “latest all-in-one game development solution”. What’s more, it’s free for all non-commercial endeavours.
The “What you see is what you play” third-generation toolkit is available from the CryDev website. It weighs in at a smidgen over 658MB and has seen close to 20,000 downloads at the time of writing.
Documentation and community support is also available via the website, so you’ve really no excuse to dive in and attempt to create the games of tomorrow, today – “Crytek require only 20% of the developer’s revenues from the commercial launch of their game.”
It goes up against the Unreal Development Kit, which is also free, and should result in some exciting projects from the visionaries among you.
Just do us a favour and, for the sake of originality, try to create something without death and violence in it, OK?