It seems everyone under the sun knows Crysis is coming to next-gen consoles—well, everyone except for the game’s developer, Crytek. Console gamers need not despair though, as information about this slick title seems to be leaking from a growing number of sources.
According to primotechnology.com, Crysis was supposedly demoed on consoles behind closed doors at the 2008 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. Crytek has all but confirmed the first-person powerhouse’s port to Sony and Microsoft’s respective boxes, though based on the PC game’s critical acclaim and positive reception, demand for Crytek’s console appearance is palpable.
And, lest we forget, Crytek’s January press release did confirm that the company is, in fact, building a version of their gorgeous CryEngine 2 specifically for the PS3 and Xbox 360. All of us without decent gaming rigs are holding our breath for this evolutionary game to grace our favorite home console. Crytek also stated numerous times that it wishes to make Crysis a franchise, a trilogy no less. Chances are looking better and better for this blockbuster game to see our consoles’ innards.
Initially released in November of 2007, Crysis puts you in the shoes of a nano-suit enhanced super soldier who guns, sneaks, and plows through North Korean soldiers and alien invaders alike. Players have a plethora of tools at their disposal, allowing for stealth, run and gun, and even vehicle based gameplay, providing a deeply customizable experience and memorable encounters. Although still a relatively new developer, Crytek has quite the pedigree: the company’s first title, Far Cry, similarly pushed the boundaries of graphics, AI, and evolving gameplay.
Let’s hope console gamers don’t get the shaft, as they did with Ubisoft’s “port” of Far Cry to various consoles. Bearing little resemblance to the original title, licensing issues and technology limited the console versions of Far Cry from being anything more than average shooters. I hope this generation of consoles can get the job done right without simplifying gameplay or compromising the developer’s original vision. To date, Crysis on the PC has sold well over a million copies.