Kotaku is reporting that Crytek, the company behind the CryEngine technology and the Crysis series of visually high-end first-person shooters, is in advanced stages of a new social gaming network that they’re calling GFACE. Yes, GFACE. I’m as baffled as you about the name, “game+Facebook” maybe?

Anyway, what the service known as GFACE actually claims to do sounds pretty cool. It runs completely in the browser and lets you do all the sorts of social things you would expect from your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter – add friends, post about your interests, discover new people, and plenty more. You can also meet up with people online and enjoy media-type things together, sort of like how you can watch a movie with friends in an Xbox Live party.

And of course, you can partner up and play games together. But this is the surprising part - all the game’s are streamed from the cloud on GFACE’s end, similar to how the OnLive system works. There’s a drag and drop party creation system that Kotaku likens to Battlefield 3‘s Battlelog, and then everybody plugs into the game on GFACE’s servers from their individual locations.

The interesting bit is that the type of gameplay seems to scale depending on what device you’re using. Like the graphic above, someone can be playing a first-person shooter on their PC while other players are connected to the game via their mobile devices, but with secondary roles. The person on the iPad has a commander role from a top-down perspective and the person on the iPhone-lookalike is directing a support weapon.

It’s a pretty exciting prospect thinking about being able to play games with people online in this fashion, utilizing different devices and gameplay perspectives all in the same game. I need another social network like I need a hole in my head, but the other features of GFACE sound pretty interesting as well. That name, though. Yeesh.

You can see a video of GFACE in action at the original Kotaku article or the GFACE website. The UI is bananas, everything is so smooth and high-tech feeling. I’m actually eager to check it out. Right now GFACE is in closed beta, but whenever it finally launches it will be interesting to see if it’s able to make an impact in the fledgling streaming game market or the nearly-impossible-to-compete-in social network market.

[Via Kotaku]

  • http://www.facebook.com/WereChihuahua James Gerbino

    This would be the same Crytek that blasted iOS gaming due to the low price points less than a year ago.

    • http://twitter.com/r0botnyk Szabolcs Illés

      ...and the Crytek that blasted console gaming due to subpar hardware. Times change :)

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        What's wrong with that? You don't think console hardware could be better?

      • Anonymous

        Since Microsoft and Sony spent the first two thirds of the current generation bleeding money out their butts...

        No, I don't think console hardware can get much better relative to PC hardware than it was this generation.

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        Then it's not really a question that it can't get better, it's that it won't. I haven't read what Crytek has said about consoles, but if they are criticizing their out of dated technology, then I don't see anything wrong with it.

  • michael bluth

    Really, they seriously couldn't come up with something better than "GFACE"?
    smh.

    • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

      GFace = GameFace, maybe?

      • Anonymous

        That was my original thought.

  • 博文 侯

    wow~what a combine!!!

  • Ping Bat

    Get you GameFace on!

  • http://twitter.com/DigitalFirefly1 Digital Firefly

    OK...that's pretty friggin' cool

  • Adams Immersive

    "the type of gameplay seems to scale depending on what device you’re using"

    Very neat—hope to see more of that concept.

  • http://www.facebook.com/parisotbenjamin Benjamin Parisot

    Hello, I have a laptop, an iPad and an iPhone. Am I the only one noticing that? (and please dont come with the "yeah but you can use it on your iPhone only if you want")

  • Alex G

    No Crysis is dull jokes? For Shame!

  • http://twitter.com/Lappstrong LappDog

    I have a laptop, iPad, and iPod touch. I've noticed that 2 or 3 people can be playing in the same room on the same team, managing totally different parts of the combat ( using the iPhone for support ftw). I've been playing a lot of battlefield 3 and there is no split screen co-op, very sad. this could be the fix we need.