With Crysis 2
's release planned for next week, developer Crytek
will also show off the first game that will use its CryEngine 3
game development tools. Now Develop has posted word that small indie game developers will soon be able to gain access to a version of CryEngine 3 on the cheap and perhaps for nothing at all.
According to Crytek co-founder Anvi Yerli, "The barriers for entry will be very low, and perhaps [it will be distributed] for free." Details and a release date for this CryEngine 3 Lite SDK have yet to be announced. It seems resonable to speculate that such a release could be similar to what Epic Games did when it released its UDK
tools in 2009. The UDK tools, offered for free, allow game developers to make stand alone titles using most of the features of Epic's Unreal Engine 3
with the exception of direct access to the engine's source code.