Nexuiz linking CryEngine 3 to XBLA, PSN

IllFonic bringing Crytek-powered downloadable arena shooter to Microsoft's, Sony's online platforms this winter.

In October 2009, Crytek opened up its CryEngine 3 game-creation tools to the development community at large, offering access to the same tech that powers the studio's anticipated Crysis 2. Thus far, the community has been fairly slow to adopt the tech, with only a handful of developers having announced they would make use of the game engine.

Nexuiz brings the CryEngine 3 to downloadable platforms.

Today, though, that stable of developers grew by one, as IllFonic has announced its upcoming downloadable shooter Nexuiz will make use of CryEngine 3. The first downloadable game to make use of the tech, Nexuiz is in development for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network and is expected to arrive this winter. A version of the game built using a version of id Software's Quake engine had previously been released as a PC title.

Described as a fast-paced first-person shooter, the game tells the story of the Kavussari and Forsellians, two once-feuding factions who have come to an uneasy peace. To maintain a cessation of open hostilities, the intergalactic union to which they belong has forced the two to engage in gladiatorial arena combat.

As for gameplay, Nexuiz features a mutator system in which players will be able to alter the rules of matches during the course of play. The game will feature a number of multiplayer modes at launch, including Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, as well as leaderboards. IllFonic plans to release additional content, such as game modes, character models, and maps as downloadable content.

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26 comments
jamyskis
jamyskis

I already play Nexuiz under Linux, so whether this will be worth my while on PS3 remains to be seen, but I might buy it just to support LordHavoc and all the hard work he's put into the DarkPlaces engine all these years!

ozzman69th
ozzman69th

free is for me ill play it as long as they do launch it for free

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

Xonotic (which is being developed by Nexuiz original developers) is going to kill this.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

@ bschroth Thanks Dood! But what did they use for FarCry2?

Ch3w13
Ch3w13

There need to be more games that use CryEngine 3!!

dkdk999
dkdk999

@gc88 i know i was saying i agree with you and i think modern shooters are lame.

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

Before I see any more positive on this page, I want EVERYBODY to take a look at the Xonotic FAQ page. This IllFonic Nexuiz (pronounced nex ee us actually) was the result of a friendly community getting sold out. It's non-existant founder decided to go behind everybody's backs and as a result EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPER THAT WORKED ON THE ORIGINAL (the free/GPL one) VERSION OF THIS GAME HAS FORKED THE PROJECT INTO XONOTIC.

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

looks wicked for a arcade game

bschroth
bschroth

@MacenKrace CryEngine2 was before CryEngine3. It seems like Crytek has used one engine per game. CryEngine1 for FarCry, CryEngine2 for Crysis and now CryEngine3 for Crysis 2. Next time maybe just type it into google first?

quinnd6
quinnd6

So Nexuiz is a multiplayer shooter with no single player campaign. I'm afraid I will be giving it a miss so.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

I agree that once Cryengine 3 gets wide spread use we will see some very good looking games. R6 vegas and vegas2 ran on the unreal3 and personally my dream is to see a 3rd vegas running on cryengine3, imo all the lights, glitz and glamour of vegas will look almost lifelike.

Lee_Stricklin
Lee_Stricklin

hehe I wonder what Lord Havoc (DarkPlaces engine developer) thinks of this. I guess they're afraid that some GPL code may end up in the retail version, so they switched engines to avoid getting sued by the community they ripped off. Also for those of you that didn't know Nexuiz was a free open project that was recently forked when it's owner sold the community out (look up Xonotic FAQ and you'll learn what went down), so if you see any negativity towards this game that's why. Xonotic which will be free, will kick the $#!+ out of this.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Can't they just use it for other genre besides shooter?

Gen007
Gen007

well cryengine 3 really hasnt been proven yet which would explain the low adoption rate. If Crysis 2 is a hit though im sure that will change.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

runstalker: I am afraid to say you are completly 100% wrong. Plenty of compnies take an engine like the UNREAL engine and push it the very limites of what it was built to do. Look at all the games that came out after the orignal unreal engine. Many of them put that game to shame. BUT they had years to see how unreal was made and years to tweak and tweak and tweak. That is like saying you cant take a bad #$% car and make it faster. that's silly. You can take a Twin Tubro Porche and make it even faster. RUF does it all the time. Nizmo does the same for the skylines.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

The new splinters and many other games that came out recently still use the EXTREMELY outdated UNREAL engine. That is one of the major reasons Splinter Cells graphics didn't break any barriers like EVERY single one before it. The companies need to jump on this engine and stop making games using these outdated ones.

gc88
gc88

@dkdk999 i never said modern shooters were lame. i said that its good to see a sci fi shooter coming out because im gettin fed up of war shooters.

73X
73X

Awesome. I played Nexuiz on PC for a while and enjoyed it, so I'm eager to see what they can do on consoles.

fireemblemgamer
fireemblemgamer

if its anything like quake 3's multiplayer it will be awesome! those LAN matches bring back great memories :P

runstalker
runstalker

Nobody, not a soul, can do more with CryEngine 3 than Crytek themselves, but I'm sure we'll see some ridiculously good-looking games as larger studios pick up the engine. It's patently more powerful than any other cross-platform game engine suite at the moment.

mayforcebeyou
mayforcebeyou

Good to see a great engine being put to use. I'll check this game out when it comes.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Not to be a mood killer but is it me or it looks a lot like UTIII? Also, can't they do more with the CryEngine 3?

dkdk999
dkdk999

@gc88 i completely agree modern shooters are so lame. their all about the glorified american and brits killing some terrorist dudes in the middle east or some commies. even if sci fi games are just about killing aliens its alot cooler.

gc88
gc88

looks cool reminds me of halo. im happy sci fi shooters are coming out im gettin fed up of these war shooters