Almost two full years after Crysis came out in the fall of 2007, it remains the most photorealistic videogame yet made. The expansion/spin off title Crysis Warhead hit the PC last year, but used the same engine and most of the same assets. Most titles don’t even come close to rivalling Crysis, and even the best contenders such as Far Cry 2 and Killzone 2 can’t quite match it for sheer visual fidelity.
However, developer Crytek recently revealed that they have created Cry Engine 3, technology similar to the Cry Engine 2 that powered Crysis and Crysis Warhead, but much more scalable and easily ported to the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. With Cry Engine 3, Crytek is planning to release Crysis 2 on Xbox 360 and PS3. They released a tech demo trailer to demonstrate just how good Crysis 2, and possibly other upcoming Crytek titles, will look on consoles. You can view that trailer below. As the trailer makes clear, Crysis 2 won’t look quite as good on a Xbox 360 or PS3 as it will on a state of the art gaming PC, but the console versions will look incredible by any standard.
While Crytek are clearly masters of optimizing visuals and getting the most out of gaming platforms, they demonstrated with Crysis and Crysis Warhead that they can also create a very high quality first person shooter. Both titles were critically acclaimed and financially successful. The PS3 and Xbox 360 collectively have sold over 50 milllion consoles worldwide, offering a much larger installed base for Crysis 2. As almost anyone who wants to play the game will now be able to, Crytek has a golden opportunity to improve on the solid foundations they’ve made with Far Cry, Crysis and Crysis Warhead.
Few details are available about Crysis 2, and a release date has yet to be announced. It will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.
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