CryENGINE®3 is the first PC, Playstation®3, and Xbox 360™ all-in-one game development solution that is Next-Gen ready with scalable computation and graphics technologies.

Using the CryENGINE®3, you can start the development of your next generation games today. CryENGINE®3 is the only game engine that provides multi-award winning graphics, state-of-the art lighting, physics and AI, out of the box.

The famous CryENGINE®3 Sandbox™ editor is a production proven, third-generation real-time tool suite designed and built by AAA developers. CryENGINE®’s powerful real-time renderer is now even better! DirectX 11 (DX11) support significantly enhances the capabilities of the renderer within CryENGINE®3, allowing for some of the best visuals ever seen.

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Crytek Releases CryENGINE®3 SDK Free-of-Charge the same tools that have been used to create their next generation AAA game Crysis 2.

Posted by Duruk on Aug 17th, 2011

Crytek Releases CryENGINE®3 SDK Free-of-Charge

First announced back in April, fast forward a few months and it is finally here. Crytek has released the Free-of-Charge CryENGINE®3 SDK , the same tools that have been used to create their next generation  AAA game Crysis 2. (For PC, X360 and PS3)

Crytek wrote: It includes the CryENGINE®3 Sandbox™ level editor, a production-proven, 3rd generation “What you see is what you play” (WYSIWYP) - tool designed by and for professional developers.

According to Crytek you will have the same tools that commercial licenses can use.  It allows you to create a game from scratch. Crytek also ensures us that the SDK will be updated regularly.
If you want to release your game onto platforms other than PC, or you need access to CryENGINE 3 source code you will need to contact Crytek.


With the release of the SDK Crytek encourages developers to use their engine and hope it will attract new (Indie) companies.

License costs:

The SDK can be used for free if you want to create non-commercial projects such as games, school projects, movies and so on and so on.

If you wish to create a commercial game, for example an Indie game, Crytek is offering a royalty-only license model where Crytek requires 20% of the developer’s revenues from the commercial launch of their game.


The free toolset is available for download on ModDB or at

Comments  (0 - 50 of 103)
Kokumotsu Aug 17 2011, 11:31am said:

even though im not a dev. im getting this for the fact that its free and i love editing kits thanks to garrys mod

+10 votes     reply to
ZaliaS Aug 19 2011, 1:48pm replied:

since when was Garry's mod an editing kit? lol. I assure you, this is QUITE different than just spawning things in a world and sticking junk together.

+12 votes     reply to
themaster6666 Aug 19 2011, 3:46pm replied:

Garry’s mod allowed you to place things where ever you wanted it, and was practically a mod to be modded. In other words it was a very flexible 'game' that could be moulded by the player similar to an SDK but SDKs are much more advanced.

+6 votes     reply to
DzjengisKhan Aug 20 2011, 7:00am replied:

WAS hmm??

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Neurological Aug 17 2011, 11:31am said:

There is the 32bit executable too for the sandbox?

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Arkii_ Aug 17 2011, 11:40am replied:

Yup and I can confirm that it runs on 32 bit win 7.

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Neurological Aug 17 2011, 11:42am replied:

Thanks for the reply, downloading :).

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ImABot Aug 17 2011, 10:17pm buried:


Whats the point of 32bit dev tools?

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TheSniperFan Aug 18 2011, 5:14am replied:

Developing on a 32bit OS.

+9 votes     reply to
InStars Aug 19 2011, 7:14am replied:

32bit OS are totally like 10 years ago! *troll face*

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ImABot Aug 19 2011, 10:39am replied:

i wasn't trying to troll, i was serious why would they make those at this point in time, they would probably be slow compared to the 64bit

+1 vote     reply to
Heaney Aug 21 2011, 9:40am replied:

Because many people still use 32 bit OSs.

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AtlasTasume Aug 21 2011, 2:43pm replied:

Which is the problem really. People need to catch up.

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Maxen1416 Aug 17 2011, 11:32am said:

Ohhohoo~ good newz!
new toys to play with >:D

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SPYmaps Aug 17 2011, 11:39am said:

Great article again Duruk!!
thanks for sharing this with us,
this is a great engine and looking at Crysis 2,
(that only represents a part of what this
engine and editor can do)it is clear that it can
give the right tools to indie developers.

i still am not done with my last HL2 ep2 sp-mod,
but as soon as i am done i need to look in to
engines and editors for a future indie game that
i want to make. And this one will be on the top
of my list to look in to, that is for sure!!


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Duruk Aug 17 2011, 1:14pm replied:

Your welcome Leon. Hope to see your work on CryENGINE 3 for your next project.

+1 vote     reply to
necrophcodr Aug 17 2011, 12:02pm said:

I used to want this kind of stuff, but with the coming release of the id Tech 4 engine under the GPL, I doubt I'm going to use this for my commercial products.

+2 votes     reply to
Arkii_ Aug 17 2011, 12:07pm said:

Just downloaded it is pretty damm nice. Runs smooth on my now aging pc (a nice suprise :) )

+2 votes     reply to
Kokumotsu Aug 17 2011, 12:18pm said:

im not even using a gaming card (Radeon HD 6450) and it runs at least 30 fps on low. too bad i dont know how to use this pretty sure youtube will help me out

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Psiyon Aug 17 2011, 12:31pm said:

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I'm glad Crytek came through on this.

+4 votes     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 12:34pm said:

Looking forward to seeing what you guys make with our engine!

I put together a quick test with the flowgraph, this engine isn't just for shooters :)

+9 votes     reply to
Kamikazi[Uk] Aug 17 2011, 12:41pm said:

I just been playing with it for 2 hours xD. It's pretty decent little engine, kinda same as sandbox 2 with a few new features and improved graphics.

+2 votes     reply to
moci Aug 17 2011, 1:13pm replied:

"It's pretty decent little engine"

Yes "pretty decent" and "little", if I would describe this AAA engine with a history of hardware challenging games ... those words wouldn't enter the description.

+5 votes     reply to
Kamikazi[Uk] Aug 17 2011, 1:50pm replied:

Haha :p i didn't mean it like that lol.

+2 votes     reply to
Walther Aug 17 2011, 1:06pm said:

this made my day, we're going to get some awesome products out of this.

+3 votes     reply to
Duruk Aug 17 2011, 1:13pm said:

Oh and don't forget to share your work on: . Post your CryENGINE 3 videos, screenshots and news.

+3 votes     reply to
MatthewD Aug 17 2011, 1:33pm said:

Are you sure it's 20%? I don't see that mentioned anywhere on their website or in any of the other press releases. All it mentions is you need to contact Crytek for an indie license.

+1 vote     reply to
Arkii_ Aug 17 2011, 1:41pm replied:
On that note 20% seems pretty reasonable for what you get, I was expecting a bit more of a hit in the pocket.

+3 votes     reply to
jjawinte Aug 17 2011, 1:44pm replied:

Fair enough I say.

+2 votes     reply to
Argoon Aug 17 2011, 1:57pm replied:

Cry-Ruan is a Crytec employee so if he has not denied that maybe it is true. But i personally am more interested on the idtech 4 engine source.

+1 vote     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 1:58pm replied:

20% is indeed the correct figure.

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arieas Aug 17 2011, 1:48pm said:

Been waiting for this! Can't seem to get onto crydev at the moment though, so hopefully the download from moddb is going to keep up, just 10 more minutes, seems much longer than waiting for the whole 6 months.

Looking forward most to level streaming, if it makes its way in an update (or is already in?), going to finally begin messing with anything new and transferring everything I got now into it. Things definitely looking good.

+1 vote     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 1:59pm replied:

What problems are you having exactly? Is the site just being slow?

+3 votes     reply to
arieas Aug 17 2011, 11:14pm replied:

Kind of late reply, but yeah, firefox was showing a 'server not found message', put it down to a heavy traffic load, as I could not login with crydev for the tools either. All good now of course, just usually get a timeout error I would have thought.

The release has now ruined my year though, think I'm going to miss Christmas this year... :D

+2 votes     reply to
Taamalus Aug 18 2011, 10:43pm replied:

Yes, the CryDev (forums) site is slow. I had two time-outs. I love the SDK but have lot's of questions. Please, have a look if something could be done.
Cheers :)

+1 vote     reply to
Dr.Goupyl Aug 17 2011, 1:53pm said:


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Bluedrake42 Aug 17 2011, 2:12pm said:


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TheDomaginarium Aug 17 2011, 2:14pm said:

There you go:

“For those who want to make the step into commercial gaming, we’ll offer a royalty-only license model for games made with this SDK, where Crytek require only 20% of the developer’s revenues from the commercial launch of their game.”

I don't plan to use it since we're pretty happy with UDK but I do wonder how you create games from scratch, does this ship with some sort of programming interface à la Unity, or what?

+1 vote     reply to
SteveUK Aug 17 2011, 2:17pm replied:

Lua script and C++ source. Also seems to include Scaleform UI

+1 vote     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 2:17pm replied:

The game runs from a custom game DLL, built from a C++ solution, and uses Lua for certain scripting aspects. Our proprietary Flowgraph visual scripting tool is used for most in-level events.

+2 votes     reply to
Açaí Aug 17 2011, 2:37pm said:

I've been waiting for this since I knew about CryENGINE :)
Downloading now.

+2 votes     reply to
Sparky245 Aug 17 2011, 3:32pm said:

Would I be right in saying that you could theoretically play mods for free with the SDK?

If so, double rainbow.

+1 vote     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 3:38pm replied:

It's not so much modding as there's a limited range of example content, most things need to be developed from scratch. :)

+2 votes     reply to
Duruk Aug 17 2011, 4:25pm replied:

A mod created with the Crysis2 tools that uses Crysis 2 assests will not be playable on the Free SDK since its missing the Crysis 2 assets.

+1 vote     reply to
Sparky245 Aug 17 2011, 8:39pm replied:

Suppose, yeah. It would be rare that someone would make a mod from 100% original content. Still, it's possible :P

+1 vote     reply to
DerGrüneTeufel Aug 17 2011, 4:01pm said:

Isn't workin for me Winrar says unknown format?If anybody knows the problem or got it to please pm me!

+1 vote     reply to
Cry-Ruan Aug 17 2011, 4:11pm replied:

Tried a different archiver, such as 7zip or Windows' default exec for it?

+3 votes     reply to
Duruk Aug 17 2011, 4:23pm replied:

Or it may have been corrupted while downloading. You could try to download it again (or from the mirror site)

+1 vote     reply to
Reqieumthefallen Aug 17 2011, 5:15pm replied:

I have to thank you guys for putting it in ZIP. I prefer the default compression software.

+2 votes     reply to
Reqieumthefallen Aug 17 2011, 4:31pm said:

Downloaded. I look forward to learning this.

+2 votes     reply to
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