While the Unreal Engine is immensely popular, developers with bigger and more ambitious visions usually create their own engines, simply because…well, what is popular isn't always best.
Crytek is using the CryEngine 3 for Crysis 2 , and they say their new engine is powerful enough to drive just about any game out there, but Epic's Unreal Engine wouldn't have been capable of running their upcoming sequel. Thing is, Epic boos Mike Capps recently stated that he was surprised people would take Crytek seriously as a multiplatform studio ( Crysis 2 will be their first console game), so Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli was asked if he's confident the CryEngine 3 can face down other technology, like the new Unreal Engine 4. Well, Yerli's reply to CVG seems plenty confident to us:
"I think we've never cared about what competitors do. That might sound arrogant and ignorant but that's not the point. I'm trying to do what we think is the right thing to do. We're trying to build an engine that's the most productive from a flow perspective, one that allows designers, directors, artists, programmers and everyone else in the whole development chain to be as efficient as possible.
Most importantly, right now we're looking at multiplatform development and I just think that our competitors' engines couldn't deliver Crysis 2, and that's the most important statement for me."
Yerli added that Crysis 2 simply "demands so much more" and while he isn't claiming Crytek boasts the "best engine in the world," he does say there's plenty of room in the industry for multiple available engines. And the bottom line is that they created the CryEngine 3 specifically for Crysis , so we should be satisfied with the result. Finished Yerli:
"Whether our engine is better or not is something to be judged by the people who use the engine, but I can say that Crysis 2 wouldn't have been possible with any other engine, but pretty much any other game that has been shipped with out competitors' engines could have been done with the Crytek engine."
Related Game(s): Crysis 2