Florida's Ringling College of Art and Design has become the first educational institute in the world to licence Crytek's CryEngine 2.
The signing has helped the German studio found a new educational licensing scheme for colleges and schools.
CryEngine 2 will be used by the college's computer animation department.
Department head Jim McCampbell commented: “No other game engine comes close to offering the visual fidelity of the CryEngine 2, which can produce the kind of high quality near-photorealistic output in real time that until now required expensive render farms days, or even weeks, to generate.
"With the CryEngine 2, Crytek has clearly created a product that is a full generation ahead of anything else, and truly defined what next generation means today. Licensing the engine will ensure our graduates are prepared and experienced in working with a technology that is rapidly becoming a new industry standard, while allowing them the possibility to create virtually anything their imaginations can conceive," he added.
“We are extremely proud to have been chosen by such a highly regarded school,” commented Faruk Yerli, managing director of Crytek, “The ranks of the Ringling alumni reads like a who’s who of the computer graphics world, as do the companies they work for. Our own director of animation is an alumnus, which shows you how highly we regard their graduates. Now that Ringling will be training their students using our engine and tools, we look forward in the coming years to welcoming even more future graduate game designers and animators to our employ, as will the ever growing list of companies who have chosen to license the CryEngine 2 for their own productions.”