I'll figure since this is the absolute first we've heard or seen of it that it is a very preliminary work and isnt quite complete enough that they feel warrants a press confrence. I think they want to tweak it up a bit and show off some of their other effects when the time comes for a major public announcement."
I'll just post this straight from the Seriouszone forums. Apparently the CroTeam has been showing their Serious Engine 3 to people behind closed doors lately, and this beta tester was one of those lucky few to have seen it. CroTeam has shown a movie of the engine, and has given permission (according to this guy anyway) to people who have seen it to discuss it, but not give out the link to the movie or anything like that. In any event, here's what "DamianTV" had to say about the new Serious Engine 3:
"What we had in the video was basically a technology demo like SS: FE and SS: SE had showing us some of the graphical goodness like illuminated color bleeding, sub surface scattering, normal mapping, and some very very realistic looking enviornments. Its amazing that teapot model that was used in the very first Serious Sam can look so much better with shaded textures and lighting that one would swear it was almost real with all the nuances and imperfections emulated in render! And this was also only a fairly short video that shows only some of the features of the new engine. The only other engines I've seen that I've seen that will even come close to the quality in the video so far are Unreal 3 Engine, and the new Far Cry. We also get to look forward to real time water surface interaction, surface illumination, GPU radiosity, enviornment effects (effect in the video was a very realistic looking rain splash on the interactive water surface, every rain drop making its own ripple), subsurface scattering (like new Far Cry), dynamic lights (with what looks like realtime soft shadows, makes me happy), water surface physics, the teapots I mentioned earlier with a variety of awesome looking materials that were applied, and the best reflection refraction effects are the better than in HL2.
So there you have it, Serious Engine 3 is "supposedly" being shown behind closed doors now, and "supposedly" compares very well to Unreal Engine 3 and the Crysis engine. I guess we will have to wait and see if and when CroTeam decides to show the rest of the world the goods if the engine is really that good. Hopefully it'll be better than Serious Sam 2.
Link: Seriouszone Post
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