Star Citizen dumps CryEngine four years into development, moves to Lumberyard for 2.6

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It's gotten to about the end of the second act of Star Citizen's development saga, and classical narrative theory dictates a twist is in order. So obviously Cloud Imperium has dumped their existing game engine after four years to swap to Amazon's Lumberyard for the next patch.

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The change from Crytek's CryEngine to the free Amazon-owned engine has not actually caused that much of a conflict, owing to the shared heritage of the two, Lumberyard being based on the architecture of Crytek's own proprietary tools.

"We've been working with Amazon for more than a year, as we have been looking for a technology leader to partner with for the long term future of Star Citizen and Squadron 42," said creative director Chris Roberts. "Because we share a common technical vision, it has been a very smooth and easy transition to Lumberyard. In fact, we are excited to announce that our upcoming 2.6 Alpha release for Star Citizen is running on Lumberyard and AWS."

The 2.6 Alpha patch is now available to all backers and includes the first look at Star Marine, the game's FPS module, which comes with two new game modes. As with all other patches, the 2.6 update brings a bunch of new ships (eight, this time) and balance passes, bug fixes, and quality of life improvements galore, so if you'd like to know about all of them check here.

The CryEngine jettison comes only a few days after Crytek announced five studio closures worldwide amid complaints of non-payment from employees at multiple locations including the now-shuttered Bulgarian studio, Crytek Black Sea. Development houses in Budapest, Istanbul, Seoul and Shanghai have also been closed, leaving just the Kiev and Frankfurt HQ remaining.


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TsunamiWombat avatarKriLL3 avatarGlen_Runciter avatarmonkeyfritz avatarmidimaker avatarShriven avatar+2
TsunamiWombat Avatar
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4 Months ago

Bit of explanation: Both are, essentially the same engine. The difference is largely in licencing. I think they wanted to get away from Crytek.

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monkeyfritz Avatar
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4 Months ago

It also helps that Star Citizen and Amazon have both picked up several of the devs from crytek's flaming ashes. It's almost silly to even call it an engine change.

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Glen_Runciter Avatar
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4 Months ago

That's nice to hear, because holy crap, usually, moving to a new engine is one of the worst things to hear about a game with such a development history.

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brmorgen82 Avatar
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4 Months ago

Nice political spin, is Roberts wasting money on you to spew nonsense too?

This is 100% a disaster.

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KriLL3 Avatar
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4 Months ago

Yay a news site that got this right, Polygon as usual made a mess of it suggesting the swap in engine will set back the game "even further" with a picture of an exploding ship as the thumbnail of the article, really mind boggling how wrong some sites are.

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midimaker Avatar
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4 Months ago

Sounded like the switch was quite smooth and it looks like it should only be of benefit in the long run, although it'll be interesting if they can get Amazon to work on the scale that they want.

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brmorgen82 Avatar
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4 Months ago

That's not anything close to reality. The switch is waving the white flag. Roberts' greed has destroyed this project.

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Shriven Avatar
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4 Months ago

Getting a lot of shit on the Star Citizen facebook group for this.

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Turrican Avatar
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4 Months ago

Are they still pretending to develop this game?

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brmorgen82 Avatar
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4 Months ago

How are the fanboys going to spin this disaster....

This was out of control 2 years ago and this "game" is broken beyond repair.

THe political spin is sickening, Roberts has botched this thing and the money is gone and the "game" is nowhere near playable.

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TsunamiWombat Avatar
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4 Months ago

I'm the first one to say Star Citizen is a vapourware scam but you need to chill out bruh. This isn't /v/. Even on /v/ your opinion would be dumb.

SC is a dev. hell clusterfuck, but this is utterly unrelated.

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