Crysis 2

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Ditching Far Cry, piracy, gameplay and just about breaking even: Crytek on the ups and downs of the Crysis series

As Crysis turns 5 Cevat Yerli contemplates past mistakes and a bold new future.

Digital FoundryCrysis 2: AMD Virgo vs. Intel HD4000 Performance Video

Crytek's system-challenging title gets compared on AMD's new Fusion APU and the established integrated Intel HD4000 graphics core.

Digital FoundryCrysis 2: AMD Virgo vs. AMD Trinity Performance Video

The AMD Fusion core get its sternest workout yet on Crytek's ambitious shooter running at the lowest settings at 720p.

Digital FoundryCrysis 2 1080p ultra: GTX 660 vs. GTX 660 Ti Video

With a substantial gulf in price between them, we compare Crysis 2 running on the GTX 660 and its Ti sibling.

Key events

24th March 2011

Face-Off: Crysis 2

24th March 2011

Crysis 2 PS3/360 Face-Off

22nd March 2011

Crysis 2

24th February 2011

Explosive new Crysis 2 trailer

16th February 2011

Crysis 2 PC demo release date

28th January 2011

PC Crysis 2 demo announced

Ditching Far Cry, piracy, gameplay and just about breaking even: Crytek on the ups and downs of the Crysis series

Ditching Far Cry, piracy, gameplay and just about breaking even: Crytek on the ups and downs of the Crysis series

As Crysis turns 5 Cevat Yerli contemplates past mistakes and a bold new future.

Tomorrow marks the five year anniversary of the Crysis franchise.

The science fiction shooter series began on 13th November 2007 with the release of Crysis for PC, a launch that carried much fanfare. Here was a shooter that was part open world sandbox, a fitting follow-up to the company's first game Far Cry, part graphics showcase. The hype for months before launch was that Crysis was the best-looking game ever created. Not only was your PC not good enough to run it - no-one's was.

Three and a half years later Crytek released Crysis 2. But there was a catch: the game was no longer a PC exclusive. Crytek had, according to some, sold out. And as more information about the new New York setting emerged and this new “choreographed sandbox” was laid bare, fans of the first game accused the developer of dumbing down the core Crysis gameplay to accommodate the console audience.

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Crysis 2 racks up three million sales

Crysis 2 racks up three million sales

Dead Space 2, Dragon Age II pass 2m.

FPS sequel Crysis 2 has now sold in three million copies worldwide, publisher EA has announced.

Portal 2, Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age II, meanwhile, have all broken the two million mark, while FIFA 11 nears 15 million units and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 nine million.

The numbers come from EA's fiscal Q1 earnings report, which saw the publisher log non-GAAP net revenue of $524 million, down slightly from $539 million this time last year. Digital revenue was picked out as a highlight though, increasing 11 per cent to $209 million.

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New Xbox & PlayStation 4: What to Expect

Crytek UK, Epic and more on what the next generation holds.

Video game graphics achieved using the DirectX 11 standard provide a solid indication of the visual power of the next Xbox and PlayStation, Eurogamer has been told.

EU PlayStation Store update 29th June

EU PlayStation Store update 29th June

Fear 3 online modes now available to all.

Gamers with second-hand copies of the PlayStation 3 version of Fear 3 now have the ability to access all the game's multiplayer modes.

This week's EU PSN Store update adds Fear 3's multiplayer unlock code, priced £3.19.

Fresh versions of the game come with the code included. Those with used copies must pay to play online options 'F**king Run!' and 'Soul Survivor'.

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2.32GB Crysis 2 DX11 patch out now

2.32GB Crysis 2 DX11 patch out now

Massive PC update detailed in full.

The DirectX 11 update for the PC version of Crysis 2 is available for download now, and weighs in at a whopping 2.32GB.

As detailed last week, you'll need to install the new 1.9 update – also out today - before you try to run the graphics patch.

Here's a full run-down of the new features added by the DX11 download:

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Crytek: Crysis 2 "backfired a bit"

Studio boss laments PC gamer backlash.

Crytek's decision to make Crysis 2 more accessible to low-spec PC gamers and their console brethren might have been a mistake, reckons the studio's CEO.

Crysis 2 DX 11 patch release date

Crysis 2 DX 11 patch release date

Full title update out next week.

The long-awaited Crysis 2 PC DirectX 11 patch launches next week, developer Crytek has confirmed.

You can download DX11 and high res texture packages for the shooter from 27th June, along with update 1.9, from the game's official site.

News of the upgrade first leaked out this morning, but Crytek has now kindly made it official.

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Origin of War

EA rattles its sabers at Steam - but Origin's strategy is a throwback to the bad old days.

Published as part of our sister-site GamesIndustry.biz's widely-read weekly newsletter, the GamesIndustry.biz Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to GI.biz newsletter subscribers.

EU PlayStation Store update 6th June

EU PlayStation Store update 6th June

Honest Hearts, Crysis 2 Retaliation pack

The PlayStation Store catch-up continues, although today's update is less exciting than the initial splurge.

High profile DLC arrives for Fallout: New Vegas in the shape of Honest Hearts, and for Crysis 2 in the shape of the Retaliation Pack.

Snazzy racer Split/Second arrives as a downloadable game for £20 but, as always, you can find it cheaper in a box online.

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Crysis 2 Retaliation DLC date, details

Crysis 2 Retaliation DLC date, details

Map Pack packs four new for you.

The Retaliation Map Pack for Crysis 2 will be released on 17th May, a new EA video has confirmed.

This is the date for all three platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Obviously the PS3 release is dependent on the PlayStation Store being back in working order.

Added in Retaliation will be four new maps: Park Avenue, Transit, Shipyard and Compound.

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Digital FoundryThe Making of Crysis 2

Digital Foundry talks with Crytek on Crysis 2, CryEngine 3 and beyond.

It's been just over three weeks since Crytek released its first proper game in three years. With Crysis 2, the Frankfurt-based developer has delivered a technically excellent, graphically superb shooter that is groundbreaking in many respects. It delivers state-of-the-art visuals, effects and physics onto five-year-old console architecture, and in stark contrast to its predecessor it manages to run extremely well even on relatively middle-of-the-road PCs.

Crysis 2's DirectX 11 patch in doubt

Crysis 2's DirectX 11 patch in doubt

UPDATE: EA issues statement.

UPDATE: EA has issued Eurogamer with a statement on the matter, adding further confusion to the status of DirectX 11 support for Crysis 2.

"We have not made any official announcements about a patch yet," an EA spokesperson said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Crytek has poured cold water on a report that a DirectX 11 patch for excellent sci-fi first-person shooter Crysis 2 was in the works – but stopped short of denying its existence.

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Crysis 2 EA's biggest UK launch of 2011

Crysis 2 EA's biggest UK launch of 2011

Bigger than Dragon Age II, Bulletstorm.

Crysis 2 is EA's biggest UK launch of 2011, sales-counter GfK Chart-Track has revealed.

That means the 8/10 shooter developed by Crytek has enjoyed a bigger opening weekend than Dragon Age II, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm and Fight Night Champion - the games EA has already released this year.

Crysis 2 topped the UK all-formats chart this week, selling a 57 per cent majority on Xbox 360. The remaining 43 per cent was split 29 per cent on PS3 and 14 per cent on PC. Remember, digital sales aren't counted, which excludes Steam and its ilk.

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UK top 40: Crysis 2 leads 3DS pack

3DS launch titles fare well.

The UK all-formats chart is rocked by a raft of new arrivals this week, the best selling being EA's blockbuster shooter Crysis 2, which tops the list.

Has Crytek "sold out" to the console audience with its first triple-format release? Or is Crysis 2's new vision for the franchise a necessary shift, fundamental to the continued existence of the world-renowned German studio?

Crysis 2 gets day one PC patch

Crysis 2 gets day one PC patch

Plus, no DirectX 11 support yet.

The PC version of FPS sequel Crysis 2 is only a day old in the US and it has already been patched up.

The update, detailed on the game's official forum, makes a number of tweaks, adding cheat detection, removing the auto-aim option wholesale and speeding up text chat. Here's a full list of fixes:

Server Browser shows incorrect pings - Fixed

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Crysis 2

Crysis 2

Suited and booted.

If the previous 10 years of video game design were led by the characters we control, this decade is already being defined by what they wear. Not in terms of fashion; aside from the cut of Bond's tuxedo in Goldeneye, style never had very much to do with shooting games. But in terms of the performance-enhancing abilities they offer our avatars, the identity of many titles now pivots on the suits we are given to wear.

Suits transform the man into the super man. They allow us to skid on our knees at 50mph, to leap tall buildings in a single bound, to punch through concrete. They cloak us with invisibility, they toughen our exteriors to withstand the bite of shrapnel and they provide justification for the head up displays that almost no video game can do without.

It started with Master Chief, a faceless cipher whose identity exclusively hangs on his regenerating armour. From here games as diverse as Vanquish, Dead Space and, in its latter stages at least, BioShock have relied on the suits their characters wear for relevance. Stepping into the shoes of a space soldier is no longer interesting enough. We demand rocket boots.

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Crytek: Crysis 2 the same on PS3, 360

No "meaningful difference".

German developer Crytek has hit back at those who have criticised the PlayStation 3 version of upcoming first-person shooter, insisting it is exactly the same as the Xbox 360 version.

EU PlayStation Store update 16th March

EU PlayStation Store update 16th March

Move special offers, demos.

Sony is trying to move PlayStation Move. Get it. That's the theme of today's PlayStation Store update.

Cue a raft of new special offers. Flight Control (7/10) is £2, Swords and Soldiers (8/10) is £4.80 and Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves (7/10) now £2.50.

There's a huge demo for PlayStation Move Heroes to download if you'd like, too. It's 2.6GB. Other demos today are for Crysis 2 multiplayer and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12.

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Why Crysis 2 has no Move support

Also, PlayStation 3 demo dated.

Crytek experimented with Move controls for the PlayStation 3 version of Crysis 2 but ditched the idea, judging it a poor fit for the gameplay, the FPS sequel's senior producer has revealed.

New Crysis 2 demo announced for 360

New Crysis 2 demo announced for 360

Still no PS3 date though.

Forthcoming FPS sequel Crysis 2 gets a new Xbox 360 multiplayer demo next week, publisher EA has announced.

The new demo, which hits Xbox Live on 1st March, will include two maps - "Skyline" and "Pier 17" - and two gameplay modes - "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site".

As previously announced, PC users can get their hands on the demo on the same day. A PlayStation 3 version is also on the way, but EA hasn't confirmed a release date for that as of yet.

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Multiplayer Crysis 2 PS3 demo confirmed

Multiplayer Crysis 2 PS3 demo confirmed

First gameplay footage of PS3 version outed.

A new Crysis 2 video has confirmed a PlayStation 3 multiplayer demo will launch.

The gameplay video, below, shows a snippet from the single-player level "Semper Fi or Die".

At the end of the video we're told: "PS3 multiplayer demo coming soon."

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PCGA: PC game piracy is declining

"There are stats that corroborate that."

Just days after the PC version of high-profile shooter Crysis 2 was leaked onto the internet, forcing developer Crytek to issue a statement that said "piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community", one group has claimed PC game piracy is actually on the decline.

Crytek teases Crysis 2 PS3 demo

PS3 gamers "can probably hope for one."

PC and Xbox 360 gamers can play upcoming science fiction shooter Crysis 2 before launch. But what about PlayStation 3 gamers? Will they get a demo?

Crysis 2

Suited and booted.

This is a strange situation. I'm writing a preview of a single level in Crysis 2 at the same time a leaked version of the entire game is filtering into thousands of hard-drives around the globe.

Crysis 2 PC demo release date

Crysis 2 PC demo release date

Two maps and two modes.

A PC Crysis 2 multiplayer demo will be available to download from 1st March, EA has announced.

The demo, which will be available to download from the Crysis 2 website, includes two maps and two modes, each setting up six versus six matches.

Skyline is set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers in Crytek's crumbling New York, and Pier 17 is an open environment with limited cover.

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Meet BioWare, Crytek, Slightly Mad

Play Dragon Age 2, Crysis 2, Shift 2.

If you can get your bottom to London on 19th February, you can meet the stars of BioWare, Crytek and Slightly Mad studios - and play their games.

Crytek, EA slam PC Crysis 2 leak

"Piracy continues to damage PC dev community."

Publishing giant Electronic Arts and German developer Crytek suffered a blow over the weekend after a near final version of the hotly anticipated first-person shooter Crysis 2 was leaked online.

Can consoles run Crysis? It's a question Digital Foundry has considered on a number of occasions in the past, based on tech demo footage Crytek released showing its state-of-the-art CryEngine 3 running on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The recent Xbox Live Crysis 2 multiplayer demo allows us to revisit this topic once more, this time with the benefit of being hands-on with live code.

Crysis 2 system requirements released

Does it top notoriously greedy original?

The minimum PC system requirements for Crysis 2 are in the wild, and they're down slightly on the notoriously demanding specs its predecessor asked for.

PC Crysis 2 demo announced

PC Crysis 2 demo announced

EA spreads the love.

A PC demo of upcoming sci-fi shooter Crysis 2 will release, EA has announced.

"At this time, Crytek & EA are glad to confirm that we'll be releasing a pre-launch Crysis 2 multiplayer demo on PC! Stay tuned for details," splurged the official Crysis Twitter account.

The decision follows a raft of complaints by PC gamers about the apparent Xbox 360 exclusivity of the demo.

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Xbox 360 gets exclusive Crysis 2 demo

Xbox 360 gets exclusive Crysis 2 demo

Plus, pre-order swag detailed.

A multiplayer Crysis 2 demo is heading exclusively to Xbox Live on 25th January, publisher EA has announced.

The demo will feature the game's Skyline map and two game modes: Team Instant Action and Crash Site. The former pits two teams against each other as they attempt to kill as many opponents as possible to earn higher ranks. In the latter you'll battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.

EA also revealed what goodies lie in store for anyone prepared to stump up for a pre-order. Early birds get a limited edition of the game which includes a camouflage skinned SCAR assault rifle and early access to the Holo Decoy - a weapon attachment that projects a moving holographic mirror of the player.

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How Crytek's making a 90 rated game

Crysis 2 dev under no pressure from EA.

Crytek has denied it's feeling the pressure after EA confidently proclaimed upcoming shooter Crysis 2 will be a 90 rated game, but has admitted meeting EA's lofty expectation is one hell of a challenge.

Crytek: Crysis can be as big as COD

"There's no reason it can't be."

Activision's Call of Duty is the biggest first-person shooter franchise of all time, and Treyarch's recently released Black Ops is expected to be the biggest game of 2010 – but one developer reckons it can match COD's phenomenal popularity with a FPS series of its own.

First Crysis 2 beta only on Xbox 360

First Crysis 2 beta only on Xbox 360

No word on PC and PS3 testing.

The first round of Crysis 2 closed multiplayer testing appears to be for Xbox 360 owners only.

An invitation sent out to community site members (and Kotaku) declared that "this tech test is limited to Xbox 360 consoles only this time around".

That infers that PC and PS3 owners will get a chance to play at a later date. All three platforms will need testing, clearly.

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Crysis 2 will be more fun in 3D

Crytek: “3D entertainment is inevitable."

EA's forthcoming shooter Crysis will be great in 2D, but to get the most out of the game you'll need a 3D TV, according to its developer Crytek.

EA Partners' David DeMartini

On Respawn, Insomniac, Suda51 and more.

As boss of EA Partners David DeMartini is in charge of more games than seems possible for one person. There's BulletStorm, Crysis 2, Alice 2, Reckoning and Portal 2 (maybe) to worry about, and untitled games from Respawn Entertainment, Insomniac, Starbreeze and Suda51 to keep on the straight and narrow.

EA admits COD and Halo will rule 2010

But has FPS crown in its sights.

EA COO John Schappert has admitted Activision Blizzard's behemoth Call of Duty and Microsoft's all-conquering Halo will remain top FPS dogs this year - but insisted they won't be so for long.

Crysis 2

Alien in New York.

Talk to anybody at Crytek about Crysis 2 and they'll quickly start explaining things. Eager to be helpful, they'll tell you about the game's move from the "open sandbox" of the South Pacific jungles to the "choreographed sandbox" of a ravaged Manhattan. They'll speak to you about the changes made to the Nanosuit 2.0, which arranges its powers in tiers now, allowing you to select either stealth or armour first, before augmenting it with the likes of speed, strength, and the new tactical option that lets you eavesdrop on distant enemies and get a better sense of your surroundings.

Crysis 2 in autumn, MP beta planned

Crysis 2 in autumn, MP beta planned

Multiformat shooter sets its sights.

EA has said that Crysis 2 will be released this autumn and will be preceded by the unceasingly popular multiplayer beta.

The autumn target was specified in an advert in trade mag MCV, EA having previously said to expect it in calendar-Q4. October or November, then, presumably.

As for the beta, there are no exact details on it, but fans of Crytek's output who sign up to today's relaunched MyCrysis service (thanks VG247) will be in with a shout, according to the developer.

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Digital FoundryCrysis 2 tech demo analysed

The challenge of "nothing under 30FPS".

Can consoles run Crysis? That was the question Digital Foundry posed in December last year, pulling apart CryTek's own engine demos and pitting their in-house work against the shipping PC title.

Crysis 2

Nanosuits you, sir.

Last year, I went to Frankfurt to see a man who could make water flow from a rock. He could do it with a couple of clicks, actually, and then all it took was a couple more to turn the rock into a pile of rocks, and then a small mountain. Finally, he set the mountain on fire. After that, I probably asked if he had a "spawn helicopters" dropdown handy because, y'know, that's just how I roll.

Crysis 2 set in New York City

Bust urban fools with Nanosuit 2.0.

Crytek's forthcoming multiformat sequel to Crysis is reportedly set in New York City, according to the latest US issue of Official PlayStation Magazine.

Digital FoundryCan Consoles Run Crysis?

Digital Foundry lays out the ultimate test for CryEngine 3.

It's just over two years since CryTek released its astonishing first-person shooter Crysis, and despite enormous technological leaps in the PC space, it remains the single most important game available for testing graphical performance. At maximum settings, even the most powerful available combination of CPU and GPU still cannot run this game at 1080p with a sustained, v-synced, 60 frames per second.

Console Crysis 2 a "breakthrough"

"Has to be the best game that can exist."

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli has explained why it's taken the developer so long to commit to making its games for consoles, as it will with its next, Crysis 2: it's perfectionism.

E3: EA announces Crysis 2

E3: EA announces Crysis 2

Crytek's first console title.

EA and Crytek have announced Crysis 2 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

It's not only the first console game made by the developer, but also the first title to be built using CryEngine 3. Crytek sees the sequel as a "major stepping stone" for the studio.

There are no other details.

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