Crytek three years ahead of Epic — Yerli

Unreal Engine 4? Pfft.

That seems to be the general tone of Crytek boss Cevat Yerli, who has said that the company’s own CryEngine tech has been going things seen in the UE4 tech demo for a number of years now.

“The only thing I can say is that CryEngine 3 already exists at the quality of Unreal Engine 4,” he’s told GamesBeat. “It already exists for three years now. You can go back three years ago to the GDC videos. What we put out there is pretty much what Unreal Engine 4 put out now. And what many others are doing now too.”

What’s to come from the Crysis-powering tech is yet to be seen, Yerli adds, with the next version of the engine set to be shown off  “very soon.”

“We haven’t really put out our latest stuff yet. Pretty soon you’re going to see the next iteration of CryEngine, and I’m not putting a number behind it, just the next iteration of CryEngine. Very soon.

“But we already said, CryEngine 3 is next-gen ready since three years ago. We stand by that. If I look at what people call next-gen technology now, it’s what we were seeing three years ago.”

He elaborates: “We already had massive particle systems, we already had GPU rendering, all these things. Deferred shading. We had tessellation already since we shipped Crysis 2. We already had DX11. We didn’t just talk it up as tech demos, we have games that are shipped and are doing it.”