Crysis 2 Piracy Brings Crytek Mixed Emotions
Crysis 2 was the most pirated game of 2011 with the shooter accumulating nearly four million downloads. Developer Crytek is upset about the figure but at the same time they're flattered.
"It’s very flattering and upsetting at the same time," Crytek’s director of creative development, Rasmus Hojengaard, told CVG. "Obviously you miss so much revenue, it’s so clear that a lot of people want to play your game but they don’t really want to pay for it, which is unfortunately really disappointing."
"It’s also a little flattering because people are willing to bother download these 10GB files or whatever the game takes because they think it looks great. We obviously want to avoid that this time, but even if we can convert 25 percent of those gamers into paying customers [you have an extra million sales]."
Crysis 2 was downloaded 3,920,000 times during 2011 since its March release last year. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 followed in second place with 3,650,000 downloads, but it was released during November. Despite the former's piracy predicament, the futuristic sequel still managed to surpass expectations and become a phenomenal commercial success. As of July 2011, the game has sold over three million units.
Crysis 3 is currently scheduled for a release during spring, 2013. The follow up to Crysis 2 was recently showcased in its debut gameplay trailer.
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