Amazon Enters Into 70 Million USD Deal With CryTek To License CryEngine

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 10:45 AM
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German developer Crytek has entered into a $70 million deal with Amazon to license its CryEngine technology. The online retail megastore reportedly offered Crytek the licensing agreement while the developer was in dire financial straits late last year, giving them a $70 million cash injection to make use of the game engine.

Amazon’s plans for the CryEngine license are insofar unknown. Its current ventures into gaming have just consisted of the muted Amazon Fire TV launch, as well as the start-up of Amazon Game Studios and the acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix.

The CryEngine is an extremely powerful set of tools used for recent graphical stunners Ryse: Son of Rome and Crysis 3, and its use with external developers has up until now been extremely limited.

The thinking behind the move is Amazon could be planning to use the engine either on a suite of its own in-house titles, or to use it as a bedrock for developing its own proprietary graphics engine. It’s unclear at the moment why Amazon didn’t take a cheaper alternative such as Unity or Unreal Engine 4, but the multi-million dollar deal gives complete access to CryTek’s engine.

Amazon’s certainly been doing a bit of moving and shaking in recent years when it comes to the world of gaming. At the moment this has been limited to a few Android titles, but Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier is making an exclusive game for Amazon already, as is Bloodrayne studio WayForward.

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09:43 Apr-08-2015

So Now we will have a Crytek OS PC Gonna Burn

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21:34 Apr-07-2015

After Firephone, now its CRYphone !!!

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06:28 Apr-08-2015

A Cryengine OS...? LoL, imagine the system requirements for that OS...

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20:46 Apr-07-2015

So does this mean that Amazon is gonna start publishing or even developing games?

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02:40 Apr-08-2015

well first they got twitch, now this.

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19:40 Apr-07-2015

Online Shopping Simulator using CryEngine confirmed...


I just had say it.

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13:25 Apr-07-2015

Ryse is a fun game i didnt like the multiplayer instead of co-op arena fights you should be fighting against other players online 1vs1 or in an all out brawl last man standing with unique weaopons and armor oh well it is what it is.

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13:20 Apr-07-2015

I read Activision and I was like RIP CryEngine but then I saw Amazon and I felt okay :P

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11:30 Apr-07-2015

$70 Mil USD might seem like a lot, but it is not really, not at Amazon scale or even current AAA game budget scale. This could even just be for Amazon to quickly build some daft "VR" "Interactive" interface for their TV boxes. Who knows.

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11:22 Apr-07-2015

I am just wondering what will they do with CryEngine...

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11:06 Apr-07-2015

That's interesting. I'm shure everyone is interested to see more games on the CryEngine. Aldo I want to see the Unreal Engine 4 in action more.

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11:32 Apr-07-2015

Unreal Engine 4 is in its infancy. A lot of the projects in the making in UE4 are small ones. It'll be a year or two before you start seeing big games using UE4.

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15:42 Apr-07-2015

I know that of course. That is why I'm more excited about it. In time we will see big games use it and even more amazing graphics.

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15:55 Apr-07-2015

Have you seen the Unreal Engine 4 Kite Demo? It gives a visual representation of the types of environments we'll have within the next couple of years.

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19:00 Apr-07-2015

Yeah, I've seen it, it's amazing. Aldo it will probably require some powerful pc parts. And it will defeinetly need good optimisation, hope it never gets in Ubisoft's hands.

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20:37 Apr-07-2015

Unreal games tend to be well optimized even if crazy demanding (Bioshock Infinite for example)... But yeah, you will still need a decent rig and mine won't cut it...

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14:10 Apr-07-2015

Unreal Engine 4 was revealed relatively recently and it takes 3 years to make a new game from scratch on a new engine and properly optimize and polish it... Expect greater numbers of AAA Unreal 4 titles only 2016 onward... Right now, for near future release there are only a couple...

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14:22 Apr-07-2015

3 years? That's a blatant assumption. There are many games are have progressed well on the UE4 forums.

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11:03 Apr-07-2015

This year is the best year to be a programmer

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