Crytek has big plans for modders. Editing tools for Crysis 2 and the CryEngine 3 platform will be released for free in the coming months.
The mod-happy tools will be unleashed in two parts. The first to arrive will be an editor for Crysis 2, coming "early in summer" that will let modders build new maps, items and other content for the stunning-looking shooter.
Next, in August it will release the full CryEngine 3 SDK for free to anyone who fancies dabbling in the more complex side of the powerful engine. CEO & president of Crytek Cevat Yerli says it will be the complete and full version of the SDK used to create Crysis 2, and encourages users to "be creative" with it.
"This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC," Yerli said via its official modding blog.
He goes on: "With all this power in your hands - we know you're going to do some amazing things with the engine, so we're working out how best to support you. We'll also be sharing our documentation with you, which is written by the developers of the engine, and we'll be giving you a new and improved crymod.com. We'll update the Free CryENGINE SDK regularly, to make sure you have access to all the advances we make to CryENGINE 3."
The firm will also support those who wish to sell their creations. "If you want to use it to make a game to launch commercially, we'd like to help you with that. If you want to take your product down a traditional commercial route, we will offer an innovative low cost licensing model if you want to release your game digitally," said Yerli.
As recently reported, Yerli believes the next generation of consoles are just around the corner, and that the PC format will be held back until they arrive.