CryEngine 3 Soft-Body Physics Show the Way of the Future

CryEngine 3 Soft-Body Physics Show the Way of the Future

You don’t have to be a physics major to appreciate this.

As we approach the end of yet another console generation, I find myself fielding more and more questions about where I think the future of video games is headed. Awhile back I speculated about where I thought we would go from here and offered up my insights about the future of video gaming. At the time, no speculation regarding the next generation of consoles, aside from the Wii U, had surfaced and it seemed as though the future was filled with motion controls and innovative ways to interact with our games.

In the time since, we have been exposed to new technology such as the Unreal Engine 4 and heard rumors swirling about new features in the next generation of consoles and I’ll be the first to say that everything we’ve seen has negated my previous argument. Of that I’m not ashamed because it’s only natural to think, for awhile at least, that the current generation of consoles is as good as it gets. Ask anyone who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s what they thought when they first took control of Mario or shot a multitude of water foul in Duck Hunt. Chances are it’ll be along the lines of “How can it get any better than this?”

If you or someone you know has uttered those words as recently as the current generation, the answer is simple: it can and it will.

A recently revealed tech demo unveiling the CryEngine3’s soft-body physics shows 100% real-time physics running on an in-game engine at 100fps. Although this technology may not be as readily noticeable as say retina shattering visuals, this is the type of technology we are bound to see start popping up in future video games. Yea, we all want better looking games, but we have finally advanced to a stage where we can not only make our games look realistic, we make them start to feel real.

The applications for this technology are next to unlimited. However, the first thing I expect to see is another Burnout game. Get on it Criterion!

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