CryENGINE 3 outsells Unreal Development Kit

Last week, on August 17th, Crytek released the SDK version of CryENGINE 3. Today, after just five days on the market, the company is thrilled to announce that more than 100,000 copies have been downloaded.


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According to Jens Schöbel, 3D Web Engineer at Crytek, that means the CryENGINE has been downloaded more than Epic Games' UDK in the same time period.

The SDK was released last week to coincide with GDC Europe and Gamescom. Developers are provided with an AAA-quality next-generation engine, including the CryENGINE 3 Sandbox level editor, a third-generation "WYSIWYP" tool (What you see is what you play), designed by - and for - professional developers.

If you're interested in using the SDK for commercial release, there's a royalty-only license model available, where you simply hand Crytek 20% of your revenues from the commercial launch of the game in order to use the software.

Want a copy? Head to - the community portal previously known as In addition to a thriving community and plenty of support, you'll also find a supplementary knowledge base for CryENGINE 3, as well as documentation written by the original developers.

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One Response to “CryENGINE 3 outsells Unreal Development Kit”

  1. Meh says:

    Cryengine technology is amazing no doubt about that but one thing that turns me off is having a constant connection to their servers in order to use the technology. There is even talk about their work being more NDA based when it comes to marketing and selling if you go down that road. What if your not a big budget house, what if you cant afford 50 people or even 10 to work on a game project. For the road warrior that is massive put off, even with 20% royalties one has to wonder what the overall deal really is. The thing I like about UDK is its license, anyone can use it and anyone can sell what they want with it and their royalty while somewhat over bearing in the long run it takes the cake.

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