6 months ago we reported the hot hot news that both Unity and Epic (UDK) had released free editions of their engines. These releases targeted indies and teams who traditionally could never put these engines to use, due to the extremely high up-front costs. As a result both companies have seen huge demand, with hundreds of thousands of developers now putting their tech to use for the first time.
According to an article on Develop (with quotes from Cevat Yerli, Crytek's CEO), when asked if CryENGINE 3 will be released for indies to use he said:
Cevat wrote: Yes, but – to be frank – not as a mod. So far that’s what we’ve been offering for free, and it’s easy entry into the production environment. [But] we do want to make a standalone free platform that people can run independent of CryEngine that will also be up to speed with the latest engine.
It remains unclear what kind of technology and licencing / cost arrangement will result from this announcement. Develop has more details, thanks for the tip Azul.