Crytek Bringing CryEngine to Wii U

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Crytek Bringing CryEngine to Wii U

Nintendo may finally have earned the support of Crytek's beautiful engine.

We here at The Escapist have had some kind words for Crytek's gorgeous CryEngine 3 in the past, but while the developer was able to bring the engine to Xbox 360 and PS3 for Crysis 2, there was no way in hell something like this could have ever run on the Wii.

Now that Nintendo is presenting a console with a little more punch in the Wii U, however, things are different. Crytek's Cevat Yerli told Develop that while his team wasn't ready to show its hand just yet, CryEngine was almost fully running on Nintendo's new hardware.

"Crytek's support for Wii U is definitely going to happen," he said. "We aren't showing it but we are pretty much running it already."

Given that many of the multiplatform games slated for the Wii U like Batman: Arkham City are running on its rival Unreal Engine 3, it's no wonder Crytek wants to get its head in this game sooner rather than later.

But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!

(Via Develop)

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John Funk:
But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!

If the Xbox can run it, and the Wiiu uses similar components(As mentioned in an article of it's tech specs), pretty sure it can...kinda.

I would rather them release the Cryengine 3 sandbox and DX11 for the PC version before they start worrying about putting it on the Wii.

Guess that means the WiiU uses DirectX9 as it's API then.

No reason the WiiU couldn't run Crysis 2, it's a DirectX9 game after all, if it can't run a game based on a nearly decade old piece of software, then Mr Miyamoto needs a slap.

"But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!"
Of course it will be able to. Crysis is like 4 years old by now?

What was an unbeatable multi thousand dollar top of the line bleeding edge gaming PC just *one* year ago is barely average now... Three or four years in PC time is four generations.

And each generation just costs a fraction of the previous one. I remember spending all my money on a € 610 3D card (ATI 9700 PRO in 2004?). Now I got a much, much better one for € 120...

While the crappy 720p quality makes it look worse than it is, i'm not really blown away. At least compared to something else I saw in 1080p, can't remember the name but it was a similar tech demo in a forest >.>

If the Xbox 360 can run Crysis, then the Wii should be able to as well. No need to ask PC gamers... yet.

Of course it can run it. The 360 and the PS3 can and the Wii has hardware equal to or surpassing those. You can think it can't run it, for in that way lies MADNESS!!!

yundex:
While the crappy 720p quality makes it look worse than it is, i'm not really blown away. At least compared to something else I saw in 1080p, can't remember the name but it was a similar tech demo in a forest >.>

Kojima's Fox engine?

John Funk:

But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!

Sorry, we kinda moved on, considering Crysis is 4 year old now. Consoles are too late to the party.

Not to worry, ArmA 3 is our next source of sadomasochism - a shining beacon to hardware killers.

2000 AIs on one battlefield, anyone?

In this case, I believe the phrase "seeing is believing" would be an excellent time to use it.

Wtf is the Wiiu anyway? It sure as hell don't seem like a home console but more like a mobile device, with that in mind the specs will blow any life out of an battery in a matter of a few hours at best.

If this is true then I'm sure that corner are being cut like reducing the drawing distance (ect) by a large extent.

Raiyan 1.0:

John Funk:

But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!

Sorry, we kinda moved on, considering Crysis is 4 year old now. Consoles are too late to the party.

Not to worry, ArmA 3 is our next source of sadomasochism - a shining beacon to hardware killers.

2000 AIs on one battlefield, anyone?

Let the trial by fire commence!

Funny story: Back when Crysis was a young game, only just released, my brother's PC actually did start smouldering when he tried to run it. The graphics card ran too hot (or something I didn't really hear through my laughter) and it just started smoking like a chimney at a funeral home.

Soviet Heavy:
If the Xbox 360 can run Crysis, then the Wii should be able to as well. No need to ask PC gamers... yet.

Ummm... the XBox can run Crysis 2, not Crysis...

The sequel was basically a corridor shooter punctuated by arenas compared to the environment of the original title. No way in hell can the Xbox360 or PS3's 512MB RAM render the huge foliage-filled sandbox levels.

WaaghPowa:

yundex:
While the crappy 720p quality makes it look worse than it is, i'm not really blown away. At least compared to something else I saw in 1080p, can't remember the name but it was a similar tech demo in a forest >.>

Kojima's Fox engine?

No, I remember it was the unreal 3 engine. Although I thought the city looked better on it.

But Can it run the CryEngine they will be making for xbox 3 and ps4?

ReservoirAngel:

Raiyan 1.0:

John Funk:

But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!

Sorry, we kinda moved on, considering Crysis is 4 year old now. Consoles are too late to the party.

Not to worry, ArmA 3 is our next source of sadomasochism - a shining beacon to hardware killers.

2000 AIs on one battlefield, anyone?

Let the trial by fire commence!

Funny story: Back when Crysis was a young game, only just released, my brother's PC actually did start smouldering when he tried to run it. The graphics card ran too hot (or something I didn't really hear through my laughter) and it just started smoking like a chimney at a funeral home.

You think that's bad?

This video is 2 years old, and this guy had to overclock his CPU to 4.6GHz to run ArmA 2 with 1700 AIs. He encountered 5 blue screens of death, 4 fatal errors, and about 15 system restarts as he tried to overclock his CPU to its limits (ArmA is more CPU-intensive than GPU). He had to get ice in plastic bags and cover his CPU, plus about 8 fans, just to try and keep it cool.

We salute these brave men and women - people like your brother and richiespeedisback.

fix-the-spade:
Guess that means the WiiU uses DirectX9 as it's API then.

No reason the WiiU couldn't run Crysis 2, it's a DirectX9 game after all, if it can't run a game based on a nearly decade old piece of software, then Mr Miyamoto needs a slap.

He needs one anyway. [/trolloff]
However, the engine is one thing, the games are another. Who cares if there'll be a Crysis for the Pee U, if it will be the only well made game besides Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Metroid, Mario,...repeat till infinity.
We'll see...

XT inc:
But Can it run the CryEngine they will be making for xbox 3 and ps4?

-_-'

Son of a bitch...

Lol I can wait to see YouTube videos of people trying to run the cry engin and having there wii U implode

Raiyan 1.0:

You think that's bad?

This what military games should be like.

Raiyan 1.0:
You think that's bad?

This video is 2 years old, and this guy had to overclock his CPU to 4.6GHz to run ArmA 2 with 1700 AIs. He encountered 5 blue screens of death, 4 fatal errors, and about 15 system restarts as he tried to overclock his CPU to its limits (ArmA is more CPU-intensive than GPU). He had to get ice in plastic bags and cover his CPU, plus about 8 fans, just to try and keep it cool.

I've already been suspended once for having a pop at PC gamers so I'm being cautious here. But... surely a game isn't worth that much fucking effort? Then again I have heard people speaking about ArmA games as if it's serious, world-changing shit so maybe this stuff just gets in your head and turns you into a pseudu-military wannabe-killing machine.

I avoid obsessive PC gamers (note, only obsessive ones, not all of them. In fact, several of my best friends are PC gamers <.<) so I wouldn't know what the exact thought process was behind this dude. I assume his mind sounded something like a cackling mad scientist screaming "I need more power!!!" while thunder claps overhead, but that's just what my mind goes to

Raiyan 1.0:
We salute these brave men and women - people like your brother and richiespeedisback.

Please... don't encourage him.

URGENT EDIT: However, looking at that gameplay I have only one thing in mind "Holy shit... do want!"

i think the most interesting thing to take away from the Crytek's comments are that the Wii U hardware is apparently already finalized and in the hands of developers.

ReservoirAngel:

XT inc:
But Can it run the CryEngine they will be making for xbox 3 and ps4?

-_-'

Son of a bitch...

i know this quoted view will be repeated often to the point of being meme like and there is little point in trying to combat it in the uninformed but if the rumours about the Wii Us chip hardware being only one generation behind current top end PCs are correct its highly unlikely any xbox 3 or ps4 produced in the next 3 years will greatly outstrip its performance.

there are certain cost/heat/size/technology considerations that have to be taken into account when building a viable console and all 3 manufacturers will build their machines out of PC technology at least one generation behind on smaller than was used in that generation current PC mainstream wafer technology to reduce power consumption and heat.

wafer technology doesn't change that quickly and to go smaller than the current PC mainstream incurs much production higher cost and certain associated technological risks.

so basically the whole "xbox 3 and ps4 will blow it away" thing isn't really likely to happen unless Microsoft and sony decide to wait for PC technology to advance and thusly give the Wii U a substantial amount of time with the next gen market all to itself.

fix-the-spade:
Guess that means the WiiU uses DirectX9 as it's API then.

Microsofts API only runs on top of Microsoft OSs (like in the xbox and windows PCs)

graphics chips abilities can be and are called directly when they are used in other hardware/software environments.

when referring to the chips going into a non Microsoft consoles you can, at most, use the chips DirectX compatibility as a measure of capability but little more.

no console apart from the xbox actually runs DirectX (DirectX 8.1 in the original xbox and DirectX 9.0c in the current xbox 360)
both consoles run a custom Microsoft OS.

PS. CryEngine 3 runs in DirectX 9, 10 and 11

mikozero:
i think the most interesting thing to take away from the Crytek's comments are that the Wii U hardware is apparently already finalized and in the hands of developers.

That was already taken away from THQ's comments when they said that they had Darksiders 2 up and running in an alpha mode even before E3.

"But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!"

So... old... must... not... tear... off... own... face...

ReservoirAngel:

I've already been suspended once for having a pop at PC gamers so I'm being cautious here. But... surely a game isn't worth that much fucking effort? Then again I have heard people speaking about ArmA games as if it's serious, world-changing shit so maybe this stuff just gets in your head and turns you into a pseudu-military wannabe-killing machine.

Pseudo-military wannabe machine...?

Ignoring that bit... no, ArmA isn't your typical run-and-gun shooter - it's a tactical war simulator. You set way points for your troops, manage your squad, call in air-strikes, etc over an enormous battlefield, not to mention a powerful editor. Every vehicle is controllable by the player himself. Basically, it gives you enormous control over a large scale battlefield. It's fitting that Bohemia is remaking Carrier Command (which spans over an archipelago of 32 islands). All these - large maps, complex AI routine - require quite a bit of oomph. Bohemia, for example, is making Carrier Command a multiplatform title - but they're not releasing it on the Xbox360 or PS3, but on the next gen consoles that'll hopefully have the hardware to run it.

Some people may find them pointless, but then again, the original Carrier Command and Hostile Water are considered major developments of gaming history. They fill a niche. It's nice for the gamers who want more depth in their manshoots.

Raiyan 1.0:

ReservoirAngel:

Raiyan 1.0:

Sorry, we kinda moved on, considering Crysis is 4 year old now. Consoles are too late to the party.

Not to worry, ArmA 3 is our next source of sadomasochism - a shining beacon to hardware killers.

2000 AIs on one battlefield, anyone?

Let the trial by fire commence!

Funny story: Back when Crysis was a young game, only just released, my brother's PC actually did start smouldering when he tried to run it. The graphics card ran too hot (or something I didn't really hear through my laughter) and it just started smoking like a chimney at a funeral home.

You think that's bad?

This video is 2 years old, and this guy had to overclock his CPU to 4.6GHz to run ArmA 2 with 1700 AIs. He encountered 5 blue screens of death, 4 fatal errors, and about 15 system restarts as he tried to overclock his CPU to its limits (ArmA is more CPU-intensive than GPU). He had to get ice in plastic bags and cover his CPU, plus about 8 fans, just to try and keep it cool.

We salute these brave men and women - people like your brother and richiespeedisback.

O_O

Holy mother of God...

Even with all that, how did that guys computer not turn burn it's way to the Earth's core?

I still couldn't care less about the Wii U. It is funny, however, to see what PC "gamers" say in threads like these.

"This game can only run on PC, and I had to use orphans blood to cool it down, and overclock it 80 times before it exploded and killed my entire family. FUCK YEAH! PC GAMING!"

yet another third party pledging their support for Nintendo. And of course probably another round of faux-hardcore gamers still predicting doomsday.

fix-the-spade:
Guess that means the WiiU uses DirectX9 as it's API then.

No reason the WiiU couldn't run Crysis 2, it's a DirectX9 game after all, if it can't run a game based on a nearly decade old piece of software, then Mr Miyamoto needs a slap.

I doubt the Wii U is using DirectX 9. It will probably use some custom or OpenGL based API just like the PlayStation 3 (PS3 can run Crysis 2, and it doesn't have DX9).
DirectX is exclusive to Microsoft's operating system and consoles.

"But can the Wii U run Crysis, hmm? PC elitists, assemble!"

You rang!

As long as it doesn't affect PC versions of their games I'm not worried.

mikozero:
i think the most interesting thing to take away from the Crytek's comments are that the Wii U hardware is apparently already finalized and in the hands of developers.

ReservoirAngel:

XT inc:
But Can it run the CryEngine they will be making for xbox 3 and ps4?

-_-'

Son of a bitch...

i know this quoted view will be repeated often to the point of being meme like and there is little point in trying to combat it in the uninformed but if the rumours about the Wii Us chip hardware being only one generation behind current top end PCs are correct its highly unlikely any xbox 3 or ps4 produced in the next 3 years will greatly outstrip its performance.

there are certain cost/heat/size/technology considerations that have to be taken into account when building a viable console and all 3 manufacturers will build their machines out of PC technology at least one generation behind on smaller than was used in that generation current PC mainstream wafer technology to reduce power consumption and heat.

wafer technology doesn't change that quickly and to go smaller than the current PC mainstream incurs much production higher cost and certain associated technological risks.

so basically the whole "xbox 3 and ps4 will blow it away" thing isn't really likely to happen unless Microsoft and sony decide to wait for PC technology to advance and thusly give the Wii U a substantial amount of time with the next gen market all to itself.

fix-the-spade:
Guess that means the WiiU uses DirectX9 as it's API then.

Microsofts API only runs on top of Microsoft OSs (like in the xbox and windows PCs)

graphics chips abilities can be and are called directly when they are used in other hardware/software environments.

when referring to the chips going into a non Microsoft consoles you can, at most, use the chips DirectX compatibility as a measure of capability but little more.

no console apart from the xbox actually runs DirectX (DirectX 8.1 in the original xbox and DirectX 9.0c in the current xbox 360)
both consoles run a custom Microsoft OS.

PS. CryEngine 3 runs in DirectX 9, 10 and 11

Technically the 360 uses a custom version of DirectX. The C1 graphics chip was designed by ATI and incorporates a unified shader architecture (at the time this was not present in current gen PC GPUs).

The reality is that the 360 supports DX9's feature set along with some DX10 capabilities.

Raiyan 1.0:
You think that's bad?

This video is 2 years old, and this guy had to overclock his CPU to 4.6GHz to run ArmA 2 with 1700 AIs. He encountered 5 blue screens of death, 4 fatal errors, and about 15 system restarts as he tried to overclock his CPU to its limits (ArmA is more CPU-intensive than GPU). He had to get ice in plastic bags and cover his CPU, plus about 8 fans, just to try and keep it cool.

We salute these brave men and women - people like your brother and richiespeedisback.

Interesting thing I learnt during 2nd year Computer System Architecture at uni: Overclocking is stupid, don't do it (in layman's terms).

(EDIT: In this post, I'm talking about merely overclocking the CPU while not changing/upgrading the other components in a computer to make good use of the faster CPU speed.
Overclocking can work, but only if you also upgrade a lot of the other hardware to match the new speed. If you don't do this, then the rest of this post is what happens. And if you do upgrade the required other parts of your machine to match this new speed... Then you obviously have money, why not just also buy a CPU that runs naturally at the faster speed?
It's quite bad how many people think that overclocking the CPU to 2 (or more) times the CPU's natural speed, while doing nothing else to their computer, is in any way a good idea. >_> )

If your CPU runs normally at, say, 1GHz, s'all well and good. Overclock it to 4GHz, and you've got 4 times the speed, right?
Wrong.
In general, you'll maybe get about a 1.1 or 1.15 times faster overall computer speed from overclocking. No matter if you overclock it from 1GHz to 2GHz, 3GHz, 4GHz, etc, you won't actually be making your computer "faster" (due to many things I won't go into right now :P ), all you'll be doing is making your CPU overheat, and if you overclock regularly, it will die a lot faster than if you didn't overclock.

My point being, I'm willing to bet that a lot of the problems that person encountered was due to him effectively cooking his CPU to a crisp. All for a realistically not-noticeable difference in game performance.

GreatTeacherCAW:
I still couldn't care less about the Wii U. It is funny, however, to see what PC "gamers" say in threads like these.

"This game can only run on PC, and I had to use orphans blood to cool it down, and overclock it 80 times before it exploded and killed my entire family. FUCK YEAH! PC GAMING!"

I don't understand why you have to be such a butthurt fanboi about this. Just because some gamers are more into performance than you are doesn't invalidate their status as gamers.

It's almost like you have an inferiority complex, and need to cry out to validate your existence.

Why is this a surprise. The latest report is that the Wii U has an AMD / ATI Radeon 4000 GPU, which is DX 10 and was perfectly fine running Crysis.

As to Crytek wanting to put versions of Cryengine on as many devices as possible, well duh. I expect mobile devices will be next. Nvidia's Kal-El quad core SOC would probably be a good target....

mikozero:

PS. CryEngine 3 runs in DirectX 9, 10 and 11

DirectX 10, 11 allegedly as no-one has seen it doing that yet, until a certain patch is released.

Raiyan 1.0:

GreatTeacherCAW:
I still couldn't care less about the Wii U. It is funny, however, to see what PC "gamers" say in threads like these.

"This game can only run on PC, and I had to use orphans blood to cool it down, and overclock it 80 times before it exploded and killed my entire family. FUCK YEAH! PC GAMING!"

I don't understand why you have to be such a butthurt fanboi about this. Just because some gamers are more into performance than you are doesn't invalidate their status as gamers.

It's almost like you have an inferiority complex, and need to cry out to validate your existence.

Hardly, kid. I do a bit of PC gaming myself. What would I be a fan boy of, exactly? Your post is flawed. It seems more like most people have the inferiority complex and have to brag about their super computers in the same way a man with a small penis buys a Dodge Viper to compensate. Don't lash out when you have no idea what you are talking about.

GreatTeacherCAW:

Raiyan 1.0:

GreatTeacherCAW:
I still couldn't care less about the Wii U. It is funny, however, to see what PC "gamers" say in threads like these.

"This game can only run on PC, and I had to use orphans blood to cool it down, and overclock it 80 times before it exploded and killed my entire family. FUCK YEAH! PC GAMING!"

I don't understand why you have to be such a butthurt fanboi about this. Just because some gamers are more into performance than you are doesn't invalidate their status as gamers.

It's almost like you have an inferiority complex, and need to cry out to validate your existence.

Hardly, kid. I do a bit of PC gaming myself. What would I be a fan boy of, exactly? Your post is flawed. It seems more like most people have the inferiority complex and have to brag about their super computers in the same way a man with a small penis buys a Dodge Viper to compensate. Don't lash out when you have no idea what you are talking about.

Since I have used gucci outfits I bought for 1/3 the price I am insecure or have an inferiority complex as well? I don't see any "bragging" in this thread, some people just make more money than you do, and some of those people are even gamers! How dare us talk about the things we like! What else are we supposed to do with our money? NOT buy the best gaming machines, cars, clothes and food we can?

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