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CRYENGINE is the first all-in-one development solution with truly scalable computation and benchmark graphics technologies. With CRYENGINE, developers are fully equipped to create standout game experiences, using the engine behind games like Ryse: Son of Rome and Crysis series.

The Famous CRYENGINE Sandbox editor is a production proven, third-generation real-time tool suite designed and built by AAA Developers. All development features of a CRYENGINE game can be produced, edited and played immediately with the “what you see is what you play” (WYSIWYP) system. The engine deals with the instant conversion and optimization of assets in real-time, enabling cross-platform changes to all elements of the game creation process. This increases the speed and quality of development, while significantly reducing the risk of creating multi-platform games.

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You will also be granted access to all our Engine and Tools documentation, such as programming API references and multiple tutorials by our talented CRYENGINE professionals, as well as access to our CRYENGINE community, full of equally dedicated individuals to help you with any question or issue that might surface.

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Wwise from Audiokinetic is the world-class audio engine and integration tool that we’ve chosen to include with CryEngine. Used in AAA games across console, desktop and mobile platforms, Wwise provides a complete audio integration pipeline that we’ve deeply integrated into CryEngine. You can learn more about Wwise here. Wwise ships with CryEngine in Evaluation mode, allowing for projects with under 200 sound files and for non-commercial use. You must upgrade to a commercial license to ship your game.

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There are two ways to upgrade your license of Wwise. If your project uses under 200 sound files, you can use the Wwise Free Limited Commercial License. You can start the process by creating an account at the Audiokinetic website, and then you can request your Limited Commercial License key by creating a project here. Be sure to fill out the form completely, as it will need to be approved.

The other method is for projects that go beyond the 200 sound file limit of the Limited Commercial License. For these, please contact Audiokinetic directly to request a full commercial trial or purchase a full commercial license. Licensing price details can be found here.

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You can take advantage of our extensive online documentation to help you learn how to get the most out of CRYENGINE.

Getting started
If you are using CRYENGINE for the first time, the Getting Started with the SDK article will assist you with the first steps.

Additional instructions on how to set up 3ds Max, Maya and CryTif exporters can be found in the Installing Exporter Plugins section.

The Basic Engine Usage section contains fundamental information useful for everyone using CRYENGINE.

  • For Level Designers: The right place to start is the Sandbox Manual.
  • For 3d Artists: Learn about asset creation in the Asset Creation Guide.
  • For Programmers: The Programming Guide is a good starting point to understand working with CRYENGINE.
  • For Game Scripting: The Scripting Manual is include tutorials and reference how to script games.
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  • OS: Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (64bit)
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  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
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  • DirectX: Version 11
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About Traction Wars with 0 comments by calgoblin on Aug 28th, 2015

Following the announcement of our release timetable in Part 1, in this update we will be taking a more in-depth look at what to expect in Chapter One: OVERLORD and some of the hard choices we had to make in order to fix our release target.

Design Ethos

Firstly though let’s look at the fundamentals; what’s the philosophy behind the game design? We have seven core design criteria which shape the design decisions we make.
Encourage and give benefit to the use of tactics to achieve the objective

Encourage and reward teamwork between fellow players

Present a realistic and immersive environment to players

Remain true to historical events and not to glorify the events of the war

Create rich and beautiful environments based on real locations as accurately as practical

Ensure gameplay is fun, fast and addictive whilst remaining true to our other design aims

Balance realism/immersion against accessibility, providing essential information and making the game fun for both new & old players.

Chapter One: OVERLORD, which is set in the immediate aftermath of D-Day, will be the first release of the game with the following chapters adding in new features, maps and periods of the war. This first release as you already know will be infantry-only and feature the British Armed Forces and the German Wehrmacht in June 1944.

Player Count & Level Design

The most important part of any game is the gameplay. We have been careful not to be too ambitious in the scope of OVERLORD, so have chosen to restrict ourselves to four maps optimised for 32 players.

Increasing the default CRYENGINE player cap of 32 players will require us to allocate significant amounts of our resources into ensuring the game runs smoothly both client-side and server-side, as well as expanding our maps to an area more suitable for the increased player count. We decided those resources could be better spent on gameplay features at this stage, rather than the single large task of increasing the player count.

We are still keen to increase the player cap beyond 32 players in the future and so we have designed our maps such that they can be expanded to support more players if and when we increase the player cap in a future chapter.

By limiting ourselves to four maps at first release we can afford to spend more time in perfecting their appearance and play style. Choosing the four to focus our efforts on wasn’t easy, but more maps will of course be added over time.

The core game-mode which will be common to all our OVERLORD maps is called Skirmish. The design is likely familiar to most of the community; the two teams fight with a limited number of reinforcements to capture and control key locations across the map. The system is flexible allowing level designs to select from various options, such as a capture order in which key locations must be captured, which allows the the combat to be focused into a specific area through objectives rather than lanes or barriers.

Pegasus Bridge - Work In Progress

Player Effects

Simulating real-life effects such as stamina, health, fear and adrenaline are hard to realistically recreate in a computer game, due to issues such as how they are presented to the player, and the effect they have strategically. Two major effects which will be felt by the player are suppression and shock.

Suppression is triggered when bullets or explosions pass nearby to the player and have the effect of reducing the player’s combat effectiveness but only for a short period.This makes covering fire an effective tactic against a fixed enemy position and gives attacking troops a fighting chance.

Shock is different and a deeper effect on the player. It is triggered by traumatic and major events such as a near miss explosion. More disorientating and longer lasting than suppression, shock means the mortars and artillery become extremely effective at reducing the effectiveness of enemy units for a short time. A tactical window which is ideally exploited by attacking units.

That’s all for our first look at some of the game design of Traction Wars. In Part 3 we will continue our exploration of player experience, including the user interface and squad support.

We are always on the look out for fresh talent to join the team. If you think you have a skill which might be useful to us please head over to our recruitment page for details of our open positions just like the one highlighted below.

Pegasus Bridge - Work In Progress

Recruitment Spotlight

Modellers may expect to work on a variety of environmental assets. We try to accommodate personal preferences in assignment of tasks but inevitably this is not always possible. High-poly modelling is preferable but not required.

CRYENGINE allows us to push the number of triangles in our models but experience in low poly modelling is essential to get the most out of the the available budget.

For some idea of poly budgets, our weapons are usually between 6-8k tris compared to, for example Refractor 2 which are circa 3k.

Our next update will be on 11th September but in the meantime you can find us on social media from the links below.

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Nuvendil May 30 2014 says:

Well this EaaS is a colossal disappointment. Way to screw over your hobbyist fans while simultaneously doing very little for your indie fans all under the guise of being "indie friendly."

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abdullahsaleh16 Feb 18 2015 replied:

Sooo true :(

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Filizitas Nov 1 2014 replied:

This is out of my heart :,(

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TKAzA May 28 2014 says:

Tears clean the gears, of this mighty beast.

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