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CRYENGINE 5.6 is here! Find out what you need to know.
We are delighted to announce that CRYENGINE 5.6 is available now from www.CRYENGINE.com and the CRYENGINE Launcher. This major release packs in over 1,000 changes and includes production-proven features which have been used to deliver Hunt: Showdown. The entire team here at Crytek would like to thank the entire CRYENGINE community for all the feedback and suggestions that have helped shaped the direction of development. This engine is for you, and we couldn’t have done this without you.
CRYENGINE 5.6 is designed to put more power in your hands and make game creation quicker and easier. We’re sure you’ll agree that it marks a big step forward for the engine. As you know, work doesn’t stop, and we’re already looking at the roadmap for CRYENGINE 5.7. Make sure you keep your thoughts and feedback coming as it really does make a difference.
To celebrate the launch, we have put together a CRYENGINE 5.6 technology showcase. Check it out below:
You can read the full release notes for CRYENGINE 5.6 here.
CRYENGINE 5.6 Highlights:
In-Editor Project Management
The Sandbox Editor now controls project creation and management, making getting started with a new CRYENGINE project faster and giving developers more flexibility with this new streamlined and improved workflow.
Micro-facet Multi-layer Materials
This new feature advances the visual reproduction of metals and gives more artistic control over the creation of a range of materials. By describing materials as a stack of layers of varying thickness, each with different optical properties, users can, for instance, model a wet surface by defining a slightly absorptive layer on top, and spatially or temporally varying the thickness of that layer.
Area lights deliver a better representation of how light behaves than traditional punctual light sources. CRYENGINE’s new implementation makes use of pre-computed textures, which will calculate and model area lights far more accurately. It also allows for more flexibility when defining different kinds of light shapes. As of right now, the area lights are a part of the Point Light Component, so if you have point lights in your scene, you can easily change them to area lights
Tessellated Particle Ribbons
The Render Ribbons feature has a new option called Tessellated. This enables the graphics card’s tessellation stage to smooth the joints in ribbon particles by generating new polygons in a curved shape which is also adaptive to distance. This feature benefits ribbon effects, including trails from flying objects and organic objects like worms or vines.
Inter-Entity Constraint Points Storage
This feature is designed to create gears but also has other functions. It allows users to manually specify which entity will ‘own’ the constraint point, and since each constrained entity can have its own constraint point in place, it’s possible to create objects like belts with this feature.
Pressurized Closed Buoyant Cloth
Closed cloth shapes can now have internal pressure based on the current shape volume in this extension to the existing cloth entity.
Ropes can now use bones and skinning and can be built from custom .cgf meshes, repeated several times. This enables a chain ‘rope’ to be created from a single link and allows for the rapid creation of vines or complex cables that fit naturally in the environment.
Full-Body Ragdoll IK
Ragdoll IK is a physics-aware, energy-based, full-body IK, which tries to satisfy constraints imposed on the physics skeleton with minimum effort energy-wise. The effect is similar to applying physics impulses to characters, except the results are computed instantly, without the physics thread running.
CRIWARE ADX2 Implementation
CRYENGINE is audio middleware agnostic, and we’re proud to integrate support for CRIWARE ADX2, a comprehensive and easy-to-use audio system. If your team is already familiar with ADX2, the transition to CRYENGINE is simple. Discover more about CRIWARE ADX2 at https://www.criware.com/en/products/adx2.html.
Behavior Tree UI
The new Behavior Tree UI is a GUI interface which enables users to quickly create complex behavior trees for AI, bringing NPCs and enemies to life. This tool was developed by the Hunt: Showdown team, bringing yet more production-proven technology to the engine.
Real-time ACE Editing Feedback
Users can now preview a middleware event in the right pane of the Audio Controls Editor without the need to connect it to a corresponding trigger first, improving CRYENGINE’s audio pipeline with instant feedback.
We can’t wait to see what you can achieve with CRYENGINE 5.6. As some of you might have noticed, we are already working on 5.6.1 - a hotfix that will address some minor issues we experienced during testing. This hotfix will be released soon, after we reviewed your early community feedback and had a chance to glance over your findings. CRYENGINE is a vast and powerful tool, so we appreciate your efforts to help us test every nook and cranny. If you want more insight into the hard work that has gone into this release, check out our in-depth preview articles focusing on specific areas in the engine, including physics, rendering, audio and Sandbox Editor and Launcher improvements.
Naturally, there are some things that, despite the efforts that go into a release of this , didn’t make it into the build for various reasons. We assure you that work continues, and we’ll keep you updated on the usual channels. We can't wait to hear your feedback about the new build, and we have started a dedicated CE 5.6 feedback thread. If you find a bug in the engine, please report it directly on GitHub which helps us to process the issue quickly and efficiently.
We hope you enjoy using CRYENGINE 5.6, and we look forward to your ongoing feedback. Keep your thoughts coming on the forum, or via Facebook and Twitter, or join the community and our CRYENGINE development team over on our official CRYENGINE Discord channel.
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- Your CRYENGINE Team