Project E:st Is An MMORPG Running On CryEngine 2

By Ishaan . March 5, 2010 . 4:08pm

CryEngine 2 is the middleware behind Crysis — the game that made even high-end PCs beg for mercy when it was released in late 2007. Following its claim to fame, CryEngine was licensed out IMAGTP, a French firm specializing in urban-planning communication, due to the ease with which one could use the engine to build an accurate virtual representation of structures before any actual construction commenced.


CryEngine 2 features what Crytek call a "visual programming interface," which, to some extent, allows designers to bypass the need for a sound knowledge of C++. While functions like artificial intelligence still require a knowledge of Lua — a scripting language commonly used in games — CryEngine 2 is, even in my own experience, fairly easy to build levels with, and what you see in the engine is pretty much what you’ll get ingame.


Perhaps this is why Polygon Games licensed the technology for Project E:st, their upcoming fantasy MMORPG set in Asia, which they intend to show at this year’s GDC. Take a look at the teaser trailer above and see what you think of it. Project E:st is scheduled for closed beta-testing in Korea later this year and is planned for release in Korea, North America and Europe.

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  • Hraesvelgr

    Korean, you say. No thanks, I say.

    • ^ oh wow.

      I made a small fortune with Lua programming. Definitely one of the coolest scripting languages around.

      • Hraesvelgr

        “oh wow”?

      • Kaoro

        Doing what with Lua? I’m interested!

        I’m used to compiled languages… never really worked with scripting ones before. Lua, Python, Perl, Ruby… debating on which to try first :).

  • Project E:st (CryEngine 2) looks and sounds beautiful. The art style reminds me of Darksiders meets Heavenly Sword. I wish the beta was also available outside of Korea. I liked how the camera dove underwater at 0:45 Is there a HD version of this video on YouTube?

  • JeremyR

    Sounds like a recipe for failure. A lot of the reason people play the Korean/”Free” MMORPGs is lack of top end hardware.

    Even pay to play ones struggle with that, look at Conan…

    • Hraesvelgr

      They also play them because they’re free. I’m not a big fan of MMOs in general, but I think you get what you pay for.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I’m not a fan of MMOs anymore, but it looks brilliant. Don’t care for gameplay on MMOs.

  • thebanditking

    Why oh why does this have to be an MMO!? I hate MMO’s but it looks so pretty……..Warcraft you ruin everything.

  • badmoogle

    Very original character designs…they aren’t cliche at all.

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