In just five days after Crytek made the CryEngine 3 SDK freely available for non-commercial use, the company revealed that its engine has been downloaded for more than 100,000 times. Turns out that there are a lot of would-be developers out there. Now that Crytek is simplifying things with the free version of its source engine, chances are that more people will get accustomed to using it for creating their own games. Of course, this only gives hopeful developers with more options to choose from, including Epic's free version of its Unreal Engine, the UDK.
For those venturing into commercial game development, Crytek is also offering a royalty-only license model, where 20% of the developer's takings go to Crytek. Now, could this mean that we'll be seeing gorgeous indie games based on the CryEngine 3? At least a few of those 100,000 downloads just might give us something worthwhile.