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.