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March 2, 2010

3D graphics coming courtesy of Crytek

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by Darren Allan

Crytek, as the majority will know, is the developer behind the big hit PC shooter Far Cry, powered by its own graphics engine imaginatively named the CryEngine.

And the big news is the company has announced that the next incarnation of the engine, CryEngine 3, will have full 3D support.

So if you enjoyed Avatar’s glowing 3D landscapes at the cinema recently, you’ll be able to partake of a similar first-person shooter experience. In theory, anyway.

The engine has been built with stereoscopic 3D in mind from the very foundations, and it will be implemented cross-platform on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Apparently CryEngine 3 will offer “benchmark-setting graphical performance, near-photorealism rendering of indoor and wide open outdoor environments as well as extraordinary real-time special effects.”

Crytek will be showing off these new 3D whistles and bells at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

Meanwhile, we can all wonder exactly how much momentum the 3D revolution is going to gather in the home, what with the new rash of 3D TVs, and now games.

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