Gamescom 2011: Crytek Releases CryEngine 3 SDK for Free

August 18, 2011

By Jimmy Thang

Crytek has released their CryENGINE 3 software development kit (SDK) for free to non-commercial users. CryENGINE 3 was of course used in the visually-breathtaking Crysis 2 and is being used in other Crytek endeavors like the upcoming free-to-play shooter Warface.

“With the release of our SDK, we encourage creators to try out CryENGINE 3 and hope it will lead to new companies being formed and using our engine," stated Carl Jones, Director of Global Business Development CryENGINE. He added, "More importantly, we expect to increase the talent pool for CryENGINE developers, as well as boosting our online community of users. This SDK contains more toys than we’ve ever released before – it empowers people to create whole new games from scratch, not just mod Crytek’s own games, so we encourage all aspiring and indie developers to try it out.”

Would-be game creators interested in developing and commercially selling games off the development kit should take note that Crytek is currently offering a "royalty-only license model." This essentially means Crytek collects 20% of the game's commercially sold earnings.

Capable of DirectX 11, Tessellation, Parallax Occlusion Mapping and more, as is evident in Crysis 2, the CryENGINE 3 has proven itself to be one of the most powerful development tools out there.

To download and play around with the SDK, visit