CryEngine 4 Incredibly Powerful, Best Looking Next Gen Game is Ryse – Star Citizen Creator

Chris Roberts offers his take on the benefits of CryEngine.

Posted By | On 21st, Jan. 2014 Under News

5. Ryse Son of Rome

GamingBolt recently had a chance to speak to Star Citizen creator, industry veteran and all-around legend Chris Roberts about his upcoming crowd-funded space sim. Given that the game is being built off of Crytek’s fourth generation CryEngine, we inquired as to what benefits it offered for development.

Roberts stated that, “It’s incredibly powerful and visually as good as any engine out there. If you look at the next gen games, in my opinion, the best looking next-gen game is Ryse.”

Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome released for the Xbox One at launch, and was also built using CryEngine. The team took advantage of customized anti-aliasing and an overall film-based post processing treatment to deliver on the visual front. “Ryse is a fairly simplistic God of War mash-em up but just in terms of visuals and looks, it’s by far the best looking…its better looking than Killzone [Shadow Fall]. I’m a big Killzone fan but just technically if I look at Ryse and I look at Killzone, Ryse is superior.

“So I think that gives you a big leg up to design in a way that allows for the content creator like artists and designers to do content fairly quickly. It’s a big, really full featured engine that comes with everything. It comes with physics, everything you would normally add, we just build on top of that.”

The next generation-focused CryEngine has certainly yielded some amazing visuals for Star Citizen thus far. What are your thoughts on the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Psionicinversion

    I thought SC was built of cryengine 3, hmm will have to check on that in the boards they could update it to utilise the extra features in cryengine 4 though but wouldnt surprise me cus SC looks absolutely stunning as it is

    • Jesperi

      I believe initial development was started with CryEngine 3, but Star Citizen is officially slated to come out for the “4th Generation CryEngine” (which is apparently NOT going to be called “CryEngine 4”.

    • Psionicinversion

      Yeah think theyll be modding it anyway for space combat

    • Joshua Jones

      They are using cryengine 3… a way more upgraded version.

  • Hip2Bsquare

    Ryse definitely is a beautiful nextgen game, but I think Killzone on PS4 is tied for that title as well. Both games also get repetitive and stale quick, so they also alike in that aspect.

  • Dennis Crosby

    This game looks amazing and at 900p its looks better then all the console launch tames at 1080p. It just shows you resolution doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have good artist

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    • Nejc Fišer

      I dare to say this game looks better on 720p on consoles then most games released in 2016 on PC in 1080p

  • Solid Snake

    This guy obviously hasn’t played Killzone Shadow falls.

    • GameonAll

      you mean shadow fail? Its a boring game and he not talking gameplay – which KZ is boring compared to KZ3 he is talking about looks.

    • Crusina .

      He just said he’s a huge Killzone fan, WTF.

      Freaking fanboys don’t know how t read lol

  • GameonAll

    Art direction has a lot to do with it and the Ryse boards all look lavishly sexy

  • tech

    The unbiased third parties all say Ryse looks better than anything on PS4.

    And it’s in 900p.

    So much for your ‘resolution gate’ sony bots lol.


    • Axe99

      Roberts isn’t technically unbiased here, he has an interest in talking up the engine he’s using for his game, which is the same engine used by Ryse ;). Doesn’t mean what he says is wrong, and I’d expect him to be able to be balanced despite his interests, but he does have an interest in talking up the 4th gen Cry Engine.

    • Crusina .

      I’m sure you’ll get downvoted, even though you weren’t necessarily being unfair.

      I’d like to point out that he’s making an stunning PC game, and he’s a PC person through and through. There’s clearly nothing legally binding that says he can’t say another game looks better…he just said in his opinion is all.

    • Axe99

      Oh aye, I’m a backer on Star Citizen, have been since before it made it’s initial goals, way back when, and a huge fan of Chris Roberts – I’ve still got Wing Commander 3 and 4. I was just pointing out in response to tech’s comment about ‘all the unbiased third parties’ – there are unbiased (well, in this general sense – no-one is ever totally unbiased, but I don’t want to get all postmodern ;)) third parties that have said Ryse is the best-looking next-gen game, but because Star Citizen is running on Cry Engine, Chris Roberts isn’t technically one of them.

    • Don Karam

      Are you going to say Ryse won’t look even better on PS4?

    • Dork

      I don’t think there would be much of a difference. I’d like to see it on someone’s expensive rig.

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  • Jesse

    Killzone: SF is easily on par with Ryse. I’ve played 1 and 1/2 times through the campaign and logged many hours in multiplayer. Most cinematic-looking game I have ever played, bar-none.

  • Guy Brohski

    XboxOne got dem graphics.

    • Joshua Jones

      If you’re coming from the last console then yes. It has amazing graphics in comparison to the consoles that released a decade ago…

  • Trekster_Xboxer

    It is a crying shame Star Citizen is not coming to Xbox One!

    I have enjoyed Mr. Roberts games since the days of 486 based processors, I have long since moved to consoles for gaming.

    • asdfdsaf

      PC Gamers funded the development for the PC, so rightfully it should stay on PC so that the game isn’t compromised in gameplay or graphics and other such mechanics vital to make a top-notch PC game.

    • Dork

      Cloud Imperium gave their reasons. The consoles aren’t good enough to support the game. People need a high end PC to play Star Citizen. Don’t worry though, I’m sure in 10 years you’ll get to experience the quality that PC gamers are getting this year.


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