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I'd actually rather have the free development kit than a handful of minor graphical improvements.
^
This.
Game engines being widely distributed are better for everyone.
How many games have been created on UE2-3, iDTech, and Source?
How many games have been created on the Cryengine?
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As much as I'm hating Unreal right now for abandoning the PC, I think they've got the right idea.

Free until your revenue from using the engine gets you "x" in revenue.

That way, nobody is going to pirate it on a whim.
They won't feel butt hurt.
And they will be set to reap royalties from anybody making enough money to be pursued legally.


Because.
1. anybody below "x" threshold won't be making enough money out of the kit to make any sort of real money.
2. it makes really good PR that unreal is a "start up" friendly company.
3. it sows the landscape so it's ripe to pick out anybody who's willing to learn the unreal engine on their own dime so they can be later bought out.
4. there's not sense in pirating it because it will be free.
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From what I've seen this would be very benificial, sure crytek isn't getting lots of money for licensing their engine but it will give small time developers (i.e. indie devs) a powerful tool to make brilliant games, even I'd want to have a play around with it (assuming its publically available). This, in the future would most likely mean more business for crytek. One thing I'd love to see them release to the public is the cinema thingy, that could be very interesting.
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^
This.
Game engines being widely distributed are better for everyone.
How many games have been created on UE2-3, iDTech, and Source?
How many games have been created on the Cryengine?
Buncha Korean MMO's methinks.
    
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Better not be CryEngine 1.
In all honesty, I replayed Far Cry a little over a year ago, and it still looks quite amazing today.

With a few tweaks here and there, I believe Cry Engine 1 could still make most current games cry in shame.
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From what I've seen this would be very benificial, sure crytek isn't getting lots of money for licensing their engine but it will give small time developers (i.e. indie devs) a powerful tool to make brilliant games, even I'd want to have a play around with it (assuming its publically available). This, in the future would most likely mean more business for crytek. One thing I'd love to see them release to the public is the cinema thingy, that could be very interesting.
actually they are getting alot of money for licensing their engine. I believe cevat said in an interview that it's the money he makes from the licensing that supports the R&D for the company. R&D is ALWAYS expensive and gains no initial revenue.
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Dude! They better do this!

I would love it DDDD
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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.
do this. i think a lot of devs would rather use cryengine than the aging unreal engine.
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