Crytek has announced the launch of the new CRYENGINE, which will be an ever-evolving development tool allowing up to date access to the latest features in CRYENGINE.

The announcement was made alongside the coming together of Crytek’s Engine Licensing and Research & Development teams. The move has been made to increase the number of individuals CRYENGINE licensees can contact while using the new engine.

The new CRYENGINE has been stated to support “current and next generation consoles” (PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Wii U), alongside PC. Crytek has stated the list of platforms will be increased in the future.

The main reason for the new CRYENGINE was to throw away the idea of having numbered versions of the engine, it will in-fact now be constantly updated to keep the engine at the forefront of technology.

“Supplying an engine is not about delivering a static piece of software.” said Areil Cai, Director of Business Development on CRYENGINE. “It’s about Crytek being an R&D team for our game licensees; providing the latest, greatest technology we can, all the time.”

“As an industry, we’re all looking to deliver games as a service now – and we feel the same approach can be taken with game engines. Today’s announcement reflects this progress, as well as our ongoing commitment to making sure CRYENGINE licensees always stay well ahead of the game.”

“Since CryENGINE 3 was launched in 2009, we’ve dramatically changed the engine so many times, with so many major new features, it’s not the same engine anymore.” said Carl Jones, Business Development Director at Crytek.

“We have revolutionised many parts of the engine: we have overhauled our entire lighting system, built movie quality character rendering and animation solutions, vastly improved the speed and effectiveness of our Sandbox editor, and even our rendering has changed with tessellation, pixel accurate displacement mapping and now physical based rendering; all of this while maintaining our first principal: that making games should be real-time, all the time. CRYENGINE is a new engine from Crytek – and it always will be!”

Crytek also announced a major free update will be available for Crytek’s free CRYENGINE SDK. Users will gain access to an abundance of new features that helped Crysis 3 reach its gorgeous visuals earlier this year.