CryEngine Sandbox is an ensemble of tools that enables real-time creation, editing, and in-game preview of game.

The goal of the project was the redesign of Sandbox main interface and user experience of sub-editors, such as the Level Explorer and Asset Browser.


Crytek is an independent video game developer, publisher and technology provider based in Frankfurt.


CryEngine is a game engine designed by Crytek.


Research & analysis
UX / UI / Prototype

2020 / 2021


Loading screen

New interface

Report on CryEngine user experience and future strategy

The new CryEngine design system was applied to the new interface to develop a more modern style, up-to-date with current trends.

The redesign process was driven by 4 main goals.

The improvement of the accessibility with a better color contrast and less background layers.
Semi-transparent overlays were introduced in the perspective view.

The enhancement of the guidance of the interface. All the different elements and affordances are now displayed in a more accessible and structured way, which aims at reducing the freedom about interface customization and at reducing the learning curve for new users.

The maximization of the content of the different panels by reducing unnecessary heights in the hierarchy of the information architecture.

The simplification of the workflows of the different sub-editors with a more intuitive and direct approach.

Samples of the former interface

New interactions and alternatives


Level explorer

Asset browser

Development process