Crytek has claimed their CryEngine 3 is as good as Epic's Unreal Engine 4, and that the technology has been "next-gen ready since three years ago."
Founder Cevat Yerli explained that even though Unreal Engine 4 is strictly for next-generation platforms, CryEngine 3 can still match its capabilities, despite releasing several years ago.
"The only thing I can say is that CryEngine 3 already exists at the quality of Unreal Engine 4. It already exists for three years now. You can go back three years ago to the GDC videos. What we put out there is pretty much what Unreal Engine 4 put out now. And what many others are doing now too. We haven't really put out our latest stuff yet. We already said, CryEngine 3 is next-gen ready since three years ago.
"We stand by that. If I look at what people call next-gen technology now, it's what we were seeing three years ago. We already had massive particle systems, we already had GPU rendering, all these things. Deferred shading. We had tessellation already since we shipped Crysis 2. We already had DX11. We didn't just talk it up as tech demos, we have games that are shipped and are doing it."
In a separate interview, Yerli had recently stated that the Crysis developer is already "pushing the boundaries" of future consoles, with the firm being "one of the first studios in the world to get access to all of the next-generation consoles."