In a game of one-upmanship, Crytek undercuts Epic Games on subscription pricing model
Crytek today announced the launch of its "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program, which is a fancy pants way of saying developers can license its CryEngine technology on a subscription basis. The cost is $9.90 per month, which trumps the $19 per month subscription plan Epic Games rolled out for its Unreal Engine 4. Further upping the ante, developers who subscribe to the EaaS program don't have to make any royalty payments on commercial products they build using CryEngine, whereas Epic Games requires a 5 percent kickback.
It remains to be seen if AMD's Mantle API can be a game changing force, but it at least bodes well that developers are showing interest. The newest member to the Mantle team is Crytek, which entered into a technology partnership with AMD to add native Mantle support to its CryEngine game engine. Make no mistake, this is a big win for AMD, which itself is still figuring out how best to utilize Mantle.
Looking for a job in the game development field? If so, and if you happen to be well versed in Linux with a minimum of 2 years of professional software development experience, Crytek would very much like to make your acquaintance. That's because the German video game company is hoping to port its CryEngine 3D engine over to Linux, further underscoring the growing importance game makers are putting on open source platforms.
GDC was chock full of mind blowing footage from some major players--Unreal 5, and CryEngine 3 both showcased some truly remarkable, next level game footage. The trailer itself showcasing CryEngine 3 was absolutely jaw-dropping--it seems developers are finally capitalizing on all of the advanced advents to come along with DX 11.
So we thought we'd chop up the CryEngine 3 trailer into an image gallery. Though the images you're about to see are beautiful, we highly recommend you check out the full blown trailer here. It's really quite amazing, and has us very eager to see what's to come of all this. Check it out!