CryEngine 3 free for non-commercial use

Crytek releases free SDK, offers revenue share for commercial releases

Crytek is releasing a free version of CryEngine 3 for non-commercial use, effective today.

The SDK includes the CryEngine 3 Sandbox level editor, and the "What you see is what you play" tool, "designed by and for professional developers."

"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," said director of global business development Carl Jones.

"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."

Crytek is also offering a licensing model for developers wishing to release their game commerically, which will give the company 20 percent of all revenue generated

The SDK will be updated regularly. It can be downloaded at

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Latest comments (12)

gi biz ;, 5 years ago
I'm downloading it right now, but I see only Windows systems are supported... quite a pity if I won't be able to give it a try, I wonder if porting it is easy enough or if they will update the SDK in the future.
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Alan Pierce Programmer, Digital Delight5 years ago
The commercial SDK has never been anything other than Windows, so if they haven't ported that, I don't think there's a hope.
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Green Bean Gaming AntiCheat Organization 5 years ago
I think it only works on 64bit as well. But given my experience with CryEngine 2 it is truly a remarkable tool set, and fun too.
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Daniel Cleaton QA Manager, YoYo Games Ltd5 years ago
Sandbox is a nice editor to work with, so I'm sure this new SDK will be a lot of fun. But if I'm reading that right, an 80% to them, 20% to us revenue split doesn't sound so good...

It's not even remotely competitive to Epic's deal with UDK.
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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA 5 years ago
Plus Windows has the largest install base compared to Linux and OS X...not really a surprise there.
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Kessia Thomas Studying 3D Computer Animation, University of the West of Scotland5 years ago
@Green Bean they system req's state XP so 32bit supported :)
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Ryan Leonski Indie Dev 5 years ago
@Daniel Cleaton I think they mean 20% goes to them 80% to the developer. I had to check the article again and look at the site just to make sure.
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Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology5 years ago
this is good. I Wonder how it compares to the UDK?

ill give this a download (i hope it isnt too big)
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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA 5 years ago
Downloaded it yesterday before going to was about 650MB I think.
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Kaneda Maskell Engineer 5 years ago
Good stuff!

Love Crytek!
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Callum Roberts Junior Artist, FuturLab5 years ago
The toolset - from what I have played with so far - is fantastic.
Being able to change the Config-Spec on the fly is a great addition too. One can build as speedy as possible, but not have to wait longer than half a second to view everything in full detail.

I'm just waiting for 'raven67854' to complete his tutorial series on YouTube!
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Adam Campbell Studying Games Technology, City University London5 years ago
I called this move a long time ago. Now for the mobile version..
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