Just when you thought video games couldn’t get any more technically gorgeous than Crysis 2, Crytek decided to release a trailer showcasing Crysis 3 in the urban jungle of New York. No, literally, it’s an urban jungle now. If you thought terrain tessellation was the coolest thing since sliced bread, just wait until you see vegetation tessellation. As in, the leaves actually have volumetric depth. To quote the immortal Keanu Reeves, “Whoa.” If you want to see what the new benchmark for graphics is (and perhaps a glimpse of standard features on next-gen titles) you better hit the jump to get a look for yourself.
To sum it up in a word: Wow. While some of the functionality may be a little superfluous and perhaps not entirely functional or really even necessary, Crytek doesn’t seem to care. It would truly be a wonderful thing to see this engine being licensed for more upcoming games, but it definitely seems that the level of technical prowess required to render these photorealistic scenes is something that eludes many developers. While costs for licensing the latest and greatest engine aren’t exactly cheap, if devs are looking to build a visually captivating title on highly flexible software, this seems to be the next best option to the more affordable and similarly powerful Unreal Engine 3.
You can read more about CryEngine 3 on Crytek’s official website (if you’re into that kind of thing), but if you just want to see pretty stuff in video games, stay tuned to Xbox 360 Cheats.