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Crytek drops PC exclusives

Because of piracy.

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Crysis developer Crytek is unlikely to make another PC-exclusive game because of problems with piracy.

"We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis. We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable," company president Cevat Yerli told PC Play.

Yerli said that pirated games "inherently destroy the platform" and linked this to the fact that games on consoles sell four or five times as many copies.

"It was a big lesson for us and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive any more," he said.

However, Yerli dismissed ongoing suggestions that Crysis will be ported to consoles. "Crysis would have to be largely changed to bring it to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3," he said, adding that the developer's "internal focus is not linked to bring Crysis to consoles".

That's a shame for console owners who read glowing reviews of Crytek's jungly first-person shooter and hoped to get a chance to have at it.

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