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As of 2021, CryEngine is a powerful game development engine known for its photorealistic graphics, environmental physics and other advanced features. It was developed by the German company Crytek, initially called "CryENGINE" when it debuted with the 2004 first-person shooter Far Cry. The engine has evolved through several versions improving its rendering capabilities, animation systems, AI tools and networking solutions to support both single-player and multiplayer gameplay. Offering advanced lighting techniques such as real-time global illumination and particle effects, the impressive visuals created with CryEngine have been used in titles like the visually stunning but hardware-demanding Crysis series. In recent years it has also powered VR experiences due to its rendering technology advancements tailored for immersive environments.