Looking ahead: The Schematyc Beta release in CE 5.3

Looking ahead: The Schematyc Beta release in CE 5.3

Those of you who keep close tabs on our Development Roadmap and our ongoing GitHub releases may have already spotted the name ”Schematyc”. But what is it? And when will all of you developers out there in the CRYENGINE community be able to get your hands on it? Read on for answers to these and more questions.

What is Schematyc?

At its heart, Schematyc is a node-based visual scripting language aimed at changing the way gameplay systems can be built within CRYENGINE. It gives designers the power to create new gameplay functionality using a set of building blocks, without needing an actual programmer every step of the way. As such, it should especially benefit smaller indie teams, where we know that experienced C++ programmers can often be a rarity, as it allows everyone on the team to help with the gameplay scripting.

How it differs from Flowgraph

Some of you may be raising their eyebrows now and wondering what the release of Schematyc means for our existing visual scripting tool, Flowgraph.  While they may look similar at first, their intended purposes are actually very different. Whereas Flowgraphs are great for level scripting, Schematyc is designed to provide more finite control of the objects within those levels. All logic is driven by state and context in order to simplify the information that is presented to designers, and greatly reduced latency should make it possible to take new gameplay systems beyond the prototyping stage without the need to re-write them in C++.

 So when can you get your hands on it?

The initial release of the Schematyc Beta will happen as part of CRYENGINE 5.3 later this month. So, what do we mean when we call it a “Beta”? For starters, this initial release will have mostly very basic node functionality, to show the general concept and idea behind Schematyc; you will however be able to create your own nodes already. There will also be bugs and other issues commonly seen in Beta software.

The truth is that Schematyc is not yet at a stage where we would feel comfortable calling it a finished release, but we do want to get it into developer’s hands as soon as possible to hear their feedback and thoughts on this exciting new feature. Previous Beta releases, such as the initial release of our Global Illumination technology in 2015, lead to great feedback that helped our internal team to make the tech even better, and we hope the same will happen with the Schematyc Beta.

So if you get a chance to check it out once CE 5.3 is available, please let us know what you think in our new forums (spoiler)!

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  • at the time flowgraph was way more powerful than blueprint.

  • You can't compare to Epic Games' Blueprints; Epic have invested half a decade on Blueprints and over a decade on its parent, Kismet.

  • acutally schematyc is not very powerful than Blueprint of Unreal Engine.because It's poor for controlled by schematyc now!

  • i really admire crytek developers effort. especially since mr free3dee has become a director

  • cryEngineer, I am wonder. if Schematyc is JUST LIKE UE4 blueprints(Independent C++ ) and in the Schematyc is not need C++ Coding , We Can Truth to Schematyc , I hope with Schematyc , Switch the game engine for game developers like me to stop. Crytek , please design a lot of nodes in Schematyc , We need Schematyc with a lot of nodes without c++ programming.

  • what a hell is this? UE4 blueprints are really mature and production ready system. this "Schematyc" is kind of miscarriage and looks like defective by design. Guys, do not deceive yourself with this goofy system, make Flowgraph better instead.

  • After seeing the Schematyc's series on your youtube channel, I want to say "amazing!!" about this new visual scripting system for Gameplay. In my opinion, it seems that Schematyc is very inspired in C++ programming and having a similar "visual syntax" than C++ syntax. Really excited!

  • if you make the counter release on the website about when will be released version of cryengine ))

  • Cryengine 5.3 is the same as Cryengine probably. "Its Pay what you want" model will also translate most likely.

  • How much is cryengine 5.3

  • Great News, I've been waiting for this

  • Absolutely fantastic news, especially for us! haha. This will hopefully help us a lot with our Dark Vale Prototyping. Will be giving loads of feedback im sure haha.

  • I am awaiting for it :)



  • @Tothespace: No, 5.3 will be released in December, and Schematyc is one of several features in that release. We just wanted to specifically highlight that one today :) And we do hope to have a video ready by release to give you more info about it!

  • This is great, I am not a programmer (But I try) as a solo developer this will help me greatly, can't wait to give it a try, I might leave Unity for this completely if I can manage to do what I need to do :)

  • good news :)i like blueprint in ue4,so ,if Schematyc language is Just Like Blueprint UE4,or more better,maybe my next game will be made by this:)great~thanks~and cant waiting for it~~

  • Is only schematyc going to be released in later december? Wasn't 5.3 planned to be released in early december? Btw, schemetyc looks great. I'm a programmer. But building blocks in C++ and reusing them in visual scripting env really speeds up our workflow. Thanks for bringing it to life :) P.S I thought it was a physics component system because it was under the physics tab in roadmap.

  • The best of the best, couldn't get any better. This surely is a step I have to breathe, respect and enjoy with praise. A good step. I leave my compliments to you of Crytek CryEngine. Look at the side makes it easy to develop does not mean turn child again and Yes agility and bravado in new games made by CryEngine. How much easier to develop something more complicated is easy, and you have my support and strength.

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