Crytek, the studio behind critically acclaimed games like Crysis 1 and its sequel, has confirmed that its impressive CryEngine 3 technology may soon get a truly cross-platform solution, after seeing that its rival, Epic Games, presented a version of its Unreal Engine 3 running in a web browser through Adobe Flash technology
Epic Games and Crytek have been competing in recent times for the title of the most advanced game engine out there, with Epic's Unreal Engine 3 having a considerable market share, being used by many studios, while Crytek's CryEngine 3 showcasing its full force with Crysis 2
and the console release of Crysis 1
Now, after Epic presented the Unreal Engine running in a web browser through Adobe Flash, Crytek's director of global business development, Carl Jones, confirmed to Edge that it's an avenue of growth currently being examined by the studio.
"It is an interesting approach we've been investigating as well," he said. "We're developing a unifying technology to create high quality social and gaming experiences on all platforms including browser, smartphones, tablets, etc.
"We hope to be able to tell you more about it soon when we present our truly cross-platform solution."
Epic Games impressed quite a lot of people by demoing its older Unreal Tournament III game running in an Adobe Flash 11 window, straight from popular web browser Mozilla Firefox.
Now, it seems that CryEngine 3 might also follow this route, although nothing concrete is known.
Crytek is currently working on a free-to-play multiplayer shooter called Warface, designed for Asian markets, so perhaps know-how from that project will allow the technology to grow beyond platforms like the PC, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
With both the Unreal Engine and CryEngine being capable of running on more devices, gaming would certainly benefit, especially in terms of browser-based experiences that will be able to replicate current generation visuals and gameplay.