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Middleware Battle Coming To GDC 2009

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Crytek already announced their intentions to demonstrate and discuss the next CryEngine revision which will support PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms. They’re touting CryEngine 3 as the hottest middleware out there and are hoping developers will be lining up to use it.

Epic Games will not be undone though. The current middleware giant dropped a few details concerning a handful of updates they’ve included to their highly successful Unreal Engine 3.0. If you remember last year’s Games Developer Conference, Epic Games demonstrated last revision’s updates with Gears of War 2. I doubt they’ll be debuting Gears of War 3 anytime soon so, I’m curious what they could be up to. Another Unreal Tournament? Doubtful.

Anyways, for the curious, here is a list of the changes:

  • Unreal Lightmass – A brand new static lighting system
  • Content Browser and Search Engine – Allows for quick game asset retrieval
  • Unreal Master Control Program – Online community features similar to those found in Gears of War 2
  • Massively multiplayer online backend solutions

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