Game developers have been recently enjoying game engines they can use and experiment with free of charge. The Unreal Engine is free to use, Unity also has gone free of charge, and now, Crytek announced that it is offering its CryEngine 3 for free.
“Anyone can now download a full version of the best All-In-One Game Development Engine, for free and use it without charge for non-commercial game development. You can try out the fastest toolset for creating game worlds and use the power of CryEngine 3 in your own games,” the company wrote in a statement.
The CryEngine 3 is free to use as long as the project you’re working on is non-commercial. Those who want to use the engine for commercial products will have to pay up in the form of a licensing agreement with Crytek, who seeks to receive 20 percent of your game’s revenues.
Crytek’s Carl Jones said that the software development kit (SDK) contains more toys than the company has ever released before as it gives people to ability to create new games from scratch, not just modify Crytek’s games. He said that the company encourages all aspiring independent developers to try it out.
According to a statement by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, the free SDK has all the features of its commercial version. He said that it is “the same engine we use internally, the same engine we give to our licensees, the same engine that powers Crysis 2.”