EA has confidently predicted that upcoming science fiction shooter Crysis 2 will be a 90-rated game.

The US behemoth also denied the game was delayed from Autumn 2010 to March next year in order to avoid the Christmas rush.

"It didn't slip into March, but we both had aspirations of trying to release it sooner than that," EA Partners boss David DeMartini told Eurogamer.

"It wasn't going to be ready for that. With the guys at Crytek, it's quality, quality, quality.

"A game like Crysis and a team like Crytek's never going to be intimidated by being in any window. But they will always be very careful of not releasing a game until it reaches its full potential.

"As we collaboratively evaluated when's the right time for it to be ready, 22nd March was the perfect window for the game to hit its maximum potential.

"I would say we jointly agreed that was the ideal window for the game to ship in. With a game like Crysis you don't worry so much about who's shipping when. You pick your ideal window and you lock down and everybody else can move if they have to move."

Crysis 2, from German developer Crytek, starred during publisher EA's gamescom press conference earlier this week.

The multiplayer portion of the game was demonstrated to press – a feature DeMartini was keen to eulogise.

"It's going to be another 90 rated game from Crytek," DeMartini promised.

"It's multiplatform for the first time. They just showed a glimpse of the multiplayer. There's a lot of information that will be forthcoming with regards to the depth, the number of multiplayer modes and the maps.

"I can say there's an entire team [Crytek UK] that's working on multiplayer alone for that game in England, so you can imagine how strong it will be."

Christian Donlan went hands-on for Eurogamer.

EA put out a multiplayer gameplay video this week, which you can see below. Crysis 2 will be released on 25th March in Europe.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (40)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Deputy Editor

Wesley is Eurogamer's deputy editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.

More articles by Wesley Yin-Poole