Crytek Wants To Use Street Map Data To Create Game Worlds

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 5:00 PM
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Crytek is willing to stump up £25,000 for the development of a prototype service or application that can convert street map data into virtual environments.

The initiative is part of a digital innovation contest being run by ‘IC tomorrow’, and the software must be capable of rendering entire cities using freely available street data such as that seen in Google Maps…

One of the most expensive aspects of any game’s creation is the sheer number of man hours that go into creating the landscape; environments such as Los Santos clearly aren’t just cobbled together. Crytek, the hardware-pushing developers of Crysis, believe that procedurally generated content rather than that hand-crafted by artists is both much cheaper and much more efficient to produce.

The creation of a program that could automate this creation would of course massively free up developer time to focus on other aspects of the game, allowing the creation of larger worlds at a cheaper cost. The downside of course is that this will only be applicable for real-world locations; any fantastical locations would need to be hand-authored.

Crytek go on to say that "The heart of this challenge is to progress the objective of generating CG game worlds from open street map data in a game engine. This could provide game developers with the chance to create even larger worlds more quickly, and at a lower cost. Whilst open street map data is not at all detailed enough for many gaming applications, it could provide a starting point for procedurally generated content."

The potential for it’s application is plain to see, driving games in particular could make great use of it, allowing developers to easily create real-world locations for you to burn rubber in.

Do you think that this idea has legs?

Will the new concept stunt developer creativity?

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07:50 Apr-19-2015

THIS CANNOT BE JUST AN GRAPHIC ENGINE. IT IS HOW IS THIS CONVERTING ANY MAP INTO A DATA AND ALSO GOOGLE MAPS WHAT IF THIS ALSO MONITOR THE ENVIRONMENT WHAT THEN.
I DON'T SEE A POINT.
"The creation of a program that could automate"
"MEN ALWAYS CREATE SOMETHING THAT HE NEVER HAD CONTROL"

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10:35 Sep-26-2013

only 25000? that's not that much for such a big project, is it?

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21:35 Oct-01-2013

i belive in the end wount stay at 25.000 :). Yeah huge project

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09:24 Sep-26-2013

OH YES OH YES OH YES would LOVE to see an open world game taking place in my city...someone make this happen!!!

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12:10 Sep-26-2013

Indeed, I'd love to stroll around my home town in a virtual environment ^_^

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12:11 Sep-26-2013

Why? You can do it for real anyway :P

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17:51 Sep-26-2013

Because... Oh you know, the thing... Right there... That's why! ^_^

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17:55 Sep-26-2013

I get it, i get it
I'm just playing with ya

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06:48 Sep-27-2013

Oh, you're a player? ;)

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07:10 Sep-27-2013

nah, i aint a player
I'm a PLAYA!!

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07:35 Sep-26-2013

VR here we come...

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00:25 Sep-26-2013

Only £25000, that is nothing. your average software engineer makes that in less than 6 months.

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23:54 Sep-25-2013

Yes. Love it.

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21:49 Sep-25-2013

Oh crytek, always in it's own league

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21:10 Sep-25-2013

can't wait . school , its time for revenge .

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20:43 Sep-25-2013

I'd welcome such thing as I'm making racing game in CryEngine3 :Đ

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01:03 Sep-26-2013

Racing through your neighborhood XD

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06:51 Sep-26-2013

will be fun :D

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11:16 Sep-26-2013

That would be awesome! The last level would be here, in the Philippines. The traffic here is really bad. And there's a saying that if you can drive in the Philippines, you can drive anywhere :D

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18:10 Sep-25-2013

Am in the only one who wants to see new worlds in games other than the one we live in. Even if they are successful with this, it will only be used to map out popular locations like Italy or major US cities or Jo'burg or something where games have been previously set. I dont see myself going GTA in my backyard

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18:23 Sep-25-2013

Look at my previous comment... We can dream can't we...

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Dreams disappear, :'(

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18:41 Sep-25-2013

:(

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17:56 Sep-25-2013

Oh this is just too good... I can only dream of a game with Lalbagh gardens or Mysore Palace in it...

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17:34 Sep-25-2013

Just imagine seeing your house in a game ...

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17:53 Sep-25-2013

I can imagine someone crashing into your house in GTA...

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17:54 Sep-25-2013

And bombing our schools

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Ahahahahahaha xD

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10:24 Sep-26-2013

That would be fun xD

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21:24 Oct-01-2013

I like the bombing idea with schools :)

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17:15 Sep-25-2013

Now this would be sweet to see in all the genres of gaming. I hope that this will go through. Although I don't know if this is on their newest engine

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17:07 Sep-25-2013

Nice Article BTW

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17:06 Sep-25-2013

I can see rockstar games buying this off crytek for their next GTA or Midnight Club or etc.
not sure if crytek owns this or not though.

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