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Rumor: Crysis 2 Headed For PS3, Xbox 360 In 2010

By William Usher 2009-03-31 11:10:42 discussion comments
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So maybe you seen the CryEngine 3 tech demo and was wondering why certain things looked familiar. Well, Iíll tell you why it looked familiar, itís because the game used for the technical showcase was Crysis. Better yet, thereís reason to believe that it was actually Crysis 2.

At the Game Developers Conference this year, CryTek showed off some new features for their third-generation CryEngine 3, featuring a Crysis-esque game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Some of you may remember Cevat Yerli's interview in GameInformer where he distinctly points out that "Öthere is no possibility [of a console release]" for Crysis. And itís true, there has been (and wonít be) a console release for the original Crysis.

However, Michael Khaimon, in an interview with GameIndustry.Biz, said, "I don‚t think there would be any problem to convert anything we work on to the next-gen consoles if we decided to.Ē So just to get the air clear: the original Crysis wasnít impossible to port, they just didnít want to.

Things are a bit different now that the economy is in a slump and multiplatform releases are a definite must for a company to stay afloat. The policy of keeping the high-end shooter franchise off the consoles is no longer an option, as indicated in the CryEngine 3 tech demo [with clear comparisons between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the game].

As some of you may know, Crysis was designed to be a trilogy. So we know that sequels are on the way and the tech demo for the CryEngine 3 is clear indication that a new Crysis is in the works, which is no different than a few years back with the CryEngine 2 working as a clear indicator that the original Crysis would be arriving a year later.

The real question, though, isnít a matter of if Crysis 2 is coming to the 360 and PS3, but when. Now given that CryTek recently released Crysis: Warhead for PC, itís highly unlikely that we would be seeing Crysis 2 this summer or even this fall.

Last time, there was a span of a year between Crysis being showcased in the CryEngine 2 demo and the game landing on retailer shelves. So itís highly likely that Crysis 2 could be sitting pretty at your local retailer this time next year, assuming the team doesnít encounter any unforeseen developmental hurdles.

Weíll definitely keep you posted on any news regarding the game, but until then be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games for more news, insight and information regarding all things gaming.
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