An improvement to Crytek's CryEngine 3 game engine will be shown off at next week's GDC 2010... and it's in 3D. That's right, Crytek has grown tired of of the run-of-the-mill dimensions of length and width, and are adding a third dimension (depth) to its engine, and eventually, to the games you'll play.
"Over the past few years, S-3D technology has emerged as one of the key trends both in movies and games," says Crytek's global business development director for CryEngine, Carl Jones in a statement. "With CryEngine 3, developers will have the ability to create their content in 3D on all platforms."
That's not the only improvement to the engine; Crytek is also showing off "LiveCreate" at GDC, a feature that will allow designers to work with a single editor, but see and play the results in real-time on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This kind of multiplatform scalability allows game-makers to easily and quickly create multi-platform games.
3D is quite the buzzword lately, eh? I've played a few 3D games in past year or so, and seen a bunch of 3D movies, and I gotta say, it just doesn't "do it" for me. 3D gives me a headache; the stereoscopic glasses don't seem to focus right over my regular shades, and, overall, I can do without it. Judging from all the big tech shows, though, the industry itself is really pushing for 3D.
My question: What are your feelings on 3D: Is this the gaming holy grail or a gimmick?