I don’t know if you heard, but there’s a Far Cry out now and it’s the year’s best PC shooter. Crytek made a year’s best Far Cry once, but since then the German tech giant’s games have wilted in the shadow of their own former franchise.
Turns out it’ll be another two months before we find out whether Crysis 3 is compelling enough to merit more favourable comparison.
Is this a critical moment for PC gaming? Usually news comes clearly denoted as such, but perhaps the sticker fell off this one in transit. Because it certainly feels quietly important - and if you listen carefully you’ll hear the sound of old wounds closing.
Yes, for many Crysis 2’s greatest disappointment wasn’t its locked-down level structure but a graphics options menu that looked like this. Since, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has laboured to bring back the phrase “Can it run Crysis?". Melting PCs, he said, is “fun at times and it's frustrating at times, but that's why we are who we are."
That tesselated toad did look lovely, didn't it? Excellent toad, almost indistinguishable from the real thing, such is the power of CryEngine 3. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli spoke about Crysis 3's ability to melt PCs during an EA livestream at Gamescom, as well as his desire to bring back the "can it run Crysis?" benchmark that disappeared roughly around the time Crysis 2 came out.
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The next generation of consoles won’t be so much a leap as an awkward half-step, if Crytek are to be believed, merely bringing Microsoft and Sony’s boxes up to speed with the upper tier of existing home PCs. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli says the company have been using “not the best, but high-end" PCs to ready its tech for the new consoles.
This is a quote that I want to double, triple, and quadruple check, because it changes the nature of Crysis developers Crytek so completely: Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, revealed to Videogamer that his company is currently transitioning to free-to-play.