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Crytek To Unveil 3D For CryEngine 3 At GDC 2010

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Posted March 5, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson




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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."

Among the first games to feature 3D will be Crysis 2, and judging from the screenshots released yesterday, it will look amazing in any number of dimensions.

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?

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