Develop says Crytek intends to release a "standalone free engine" that will be "up to speed" with CryEngine 3, the game engine behind the upcoming first-person shooter, Crysis 2. That game will see a cross-platform release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3—in fact, Crytek recently boasted that console gamers will be "blown away" by Crysis 2's visuals. Perhaps the development platform won't be tied to the PC, either.
The Develop report quotes Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli as saying his firm already offers free modding tools for CryEngine 2 (of Crysis and Crysis Warhead fame). However, Yerli adds, "We do want to make a standalone free platform that people can run independent of CryEngine that will also be up to speed with the latest engine." Good news for indie developers, surely. (Thanks to Shacknews for the tip.)