roffle it stays the same but the world upgrade the graphics , valve get me HL3. pcs cry engine looks good but is far from excellent, they need to optimize it allot. i am keeping my money on the next unreal engine, they are the only one good enough to compete vs the valve engine. (graphics/performance) anyone can make a insane graphical capable engine few can make it run on low specs and still make it look amazing.
Since its not required to render real-time, about any engine with the feature set / render quality needed can be employed, source is nothing special with today standards. Would not be surprised if it was handed out for free/cheaply as this will give valve some free news!
I guess if that is the look that you are going for it will be fine. Personally I would use what ever engine is used by the Diablo 3 cinematics. Of course they may be trade offs using one or the other in terms of workflow, licensing etc.
I'm too biased against source to comment. However it is interesting to consider this for CryEngine 3 and perhaps Unreal Engine 4 as PC gaming hardware keeps advancing. Movie tie-ins become playable..
OR games just keep getting more cinematic in a sense of fuck it I'm not interesting in 'playing' and I'd rather just watch a 12 hour long movie with hundreds of dynamic points (but no main character deaths or bugs screwing up suspension of disbelief).
Guys, I don't think that the engine is what's really important here (not that I wouldn't like to see a better one in use). IE they could use ridiculous AA, tessellation, and such because it does not need to be rendered in real-time. With game engines, they could probably get very high quality animation and it probably wouldn't be as expensive as run-of-the-mill CGI and such.
If you want to advocate CryEngine then find some example that shows its full capabilities, and not machinima that looks as if done with Unreal 2.5.
[citation][nom]RADIO_ACTIVE[/nom]Love all the dated engine comments... what does it matter what engine its running on if the story is good and keeps you entertained. I still watch movies that are before we even had CG....[/citation]
Two words: Progress, advancement. Just because an older movie can entertain you does not mean that other people shouldn't want to see more and more advanced technologically movies.