Crytek releases new CryEngine 3 Update with Scaleform UI

Crytek released the next CryEngine 3 update version 3.3.9 with Autodesk‘s Scaleform UI support. In addition to offering Scaleform technology, the Free SDK update will also feature several DirectX 9 rendering improvements, providing POM (Parallax Occlusion Mapping), SSDO (Screen-space Directional Occlusion), Particle GI (Global Illumination) and a new “Very High” graphics configuration to support these new features and offer higher levels of rendering quality.

The CryENGINE team has also been working to provide fixes for the most prominent issues holding up the community. CryENGINE 3 Free SDK 3.3.9 includes improved SLI/CF support, improved 32-bit driver support, support for 5.1/7.1 surround sound systems and many improvements to CryENGINE 3 Sandbox.

“Scaleform is a production-proven user interface solution that has been used in more than 1,000 games to date. With Scaleform, users can easily create a whole range of UI assets like mini-maps, heads-up displays (HUDs), game menus, mission objectives, flash projection and more. CryENGINE 3’s new UI-Emulator and UI Actions tools allow for real-time creation and interaction with Autodesk Scaleform UI elements, using the unique “What You See Is What You Play”- philosophy of CryENGINE® Sandbox™.”

Major New Features:

  • DX9 Parallax Occlusion Mapping (POM)
  • DX9 Screen-Space Directional Occlusion (SSDO)
  • DX9 Particle Global Illumination (GI)
  • New “Very High” graphics configuration
  • Added Scaleform support (v3.9.93)

Important Updates:

  • Improved SLI/CF support
  • Improved 32-bit Editor support
  • Improved support for 5.1/7.1 surround sound setups
  • Improved support for Windows font sizes
  • Improved Sandbox UI
  • Added Visual Studio 2010 support
  • Removed Visual Studio 2008 support

The SDK can be downloaded here

Crytek’s GFace

In the war of social networks, Crytek launched its first GFace social network site based on the Crytek’s new Seed Engine Cloud technology on 7th Feb 2012. GFace enable the new social gaming platform that lets user share context aware game sessions, video seeds and personal media. Currently, the GFace is in closed beta stage. The site resembles quite with Facebook, the only difference is GFace will let you play 2D and 3D core and casual multiplayer games without any extra installation! All games will be directly streamed from GFace plugin. In addition to its core features, GFace even boasts cross-platform play between phones, iPads and computers, and possibly more. Powered by Crytek’s technology, I have a feeling that its gonna be awsome. In this closed beta phase GFace will offer “Warface” to play on your PC, smartphone or tablet.

At this very initial moment the details remains limited and there is whole lot of testing which is going on in GFace.

I’ll keep you updated as and when GFace updates.