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In a recent interview with Develop, Crytek co-founder Anvi Yerli talked about the possibility of releasing a version of its software development kit, akin to Epic Games' UDK, that would be accessible to small-time developers. Yerli explained Crytek wants to "release a specific SDK for the mod community," adding, "The barriers for entry will be very low, and perhaps even for free."

"We have a business model in mind for this -- which I can't get into details of right now -- but it will be extremely user-friendly," he said.
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Maybe we'd actually see some good games again. Graphics are part of the engine for the most part, that makes it easy for developers.
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If they were smart they would just release this for free and charge royalties like Epic does with their UDK. It opens the potential for broke devs such as me to play with the SDK and possibly end up making a successful game.

If they do tack a price tag onto the SDK it will not be as successful as they hope it will be. Even if it is a few hundred that is a big barrier for a rag tag team of college devs with the next Minecraft in their heads.
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Better not be CryEngine 1.
    
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How about free to use and distribute your products, unless you plan to make profit in which case you have to pay a certain profit margin.
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I'm sure it'll be Cryengine 3
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Sure the SDK might be free, but you likely couldn't distribute games with it without paying for a license. Or you get a small subset of the SDK features unless you get the full version, which would not be free.

Epic did something similar with the Unreal engines.
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How about instead of considering free distribution of a dev kit, you consider implementing DX11 into Crysis 2 at launch?

I'm sure that would make a lot more people happy.
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How about instead of considering free distribution of a dev kit, you consider implementing DX11 into Crysis 2 at launch?

I'm sure that would make a lot more people happy.
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How about instead of considering free distribution of a dev kit, you consider implementing DX11 into Crysis 2 at launch?

I'm sure that would make a lot more people happy.
I'd actually rather have the free development kit than a handful of minor graphical improvements.
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