Crytek has announced a replacement for its powerful CryEngine 3 that's powered such games as the Crysis Series, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 and MechWarrior Online dubbed simply CryEngine.

The new CryEngine will be a scalable engine for use with all current and next-gen systems including Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U and PC. Check out the demo video and get a peak of the luster of the games we'll be playing in the future. Impressive details include puddles left by rain or water effects slowly dry-up in the digital sunshine.

"Since CryEngine 3 was launched in 2009, we've dramatically changed the engine so many times, with so many major new features, it's not the same engine anymore," Crytek exec Carl Jones said.

"We have revolutionized many parts of the engine: we have overhauled our entire lighting system, built movie quality character rendering and animation solutions, vastly improved the speed and effectiveness of our Sandbox editor, and even our rendering has changed with tessellation, pixel accurate displacement mapping and now physical based rendering; all of this while maintaining our first principal: that making games should be real-time, all the time."

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[Via EuroGamer]