Crysis Warhead Jun 7, 2008 0:12:23 GMT 10
Post by Flasher on Jun 7, 2008 0:12:23 GMT 10
Following the recent announcement that Crytek Studios would no longer be developing PC-exclusive titles, the company has updated their website, adding a new cryptic teaser page with a promo for an as-yet unannounced game.
All that we know so far about Crysis Warhead is that it looks to feature a cranky-lookin' bloke wearing the nanosuit we first met in Crysis, and carrying a large pistol. Clicking the image just takes you to their standard website, with no further information.
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While there's been no announcement about just what Crysis Warhead will entail, many gamers are putting their money on the idea of a console port or follow-up to last year's Crysis, particularly following the announcement earlier this year that the CryEngine 2 had been optimised for use on both Xbox 360 and PS3. It could, of course, be something much more standalone - but keep in mind that Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has commented in the past how much he would like to expand the Crysis storyline into a trilogy.
This isn't really the first we've heard of Crysis Warhead however, with Crytek registering the name, along with a few others, back in March of this year. At the time, it was seen as being the company trademarking potential titles with no actual projects in mind - but if this one's evolved into a game, perhaps there's still hope for Crysis Wars and World in Crysis, which were registered at the same time...
So... you know how we told you earlier that Crytek had thrown in the towel, announcing no more PC-exclusive games, and claiming skyrocketing piracy rates as the reason? And you know how, yesterday, a new teaser image popped up for a little thing called Crysis Warhead?
Well, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the new game couldn't possibly be a PC exclusive. All the hype pointed in the other direction - it could even be just for consoles, given how much the company had criticised the PC, and PC gamers.
...but you'd be wrong. Official details on Crysis Warhead have emerged, including the classic phrase "exclusively for the PC".
The title is being labelled a "parallel story" to last year's Crysis, and places gamers in the Nanosuit of Sergeant Sykes, also known as 'Psycho', one of the most memorable characters from the original game.
Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek explains:
"We were very pleased with the reception of Crysis from both gamers and media after our launch last year. That being said, one of the key principles of our studio is to always raise the bar. With Warhead, we are focusing on refining our storytelling and game performance, while also delivering more of the visually stunning graphics and immersive, free-roaming gameplay everyone loved in Crysis."
The publishers are happy too, as David DeMartini, Vice President and Global General Manager, EA Partners continues:
"The best result of a partnership that we can ask for in the EA Partners program is when a world class independent studio like Crytek chooses to continue to work with us. Crysis was an amazing game and is going to be a blockbuster franchise. We could not be more excited to be working with Crytek to launch another hit with Crysis Warhead this year."
Promising "maximum freedom, maximum explosions and maximum Psycho!", Crysis Warhead focusses on a more brash, aggressive character than his Delta Force squadmate Nomad - and the game concentrates on Sergeant Sykes' parallel story through the events of the original game. Life on the other side of the island is even more explosive - and intense - than they'd expected! Equipped with his own ultra-capable Nanosuit, provided with an even bigger arsenal of fully customisable weapons and even given new vehicles, Psycho can take on all comers, and gamers have access to all the tools they need to dominate any situation.
It's not just single-player though, the game also features blistering new multiplayer content.
Due for release by the end of the year - only for PC - Crysis Warhead is the first title to be developed at Crytek's new Budapest studio, and is using the optimised, enhanced version of the CryENGINE 2.