We are just a few months away from the release of Crysis 3
. The game is scheduled to launch this coming February. I got a chance to chat with Crytek producer Mike Read briefly last week regarding the game. The conversation was short but it went in a variety of directions; I did find that there some key points that I learned that fans should know before they get their hands on the game:
When linear isn’t exactly “straight forward”: By definition and design, Crysis 3 is a very linear game. however, Crytek’s goal is to make sure that it doesn’t feel like one. The story that is being told through the game is, by definition, linear; however the manner in which you get to experience it and interact with the world that encompasses it is not. Crytek has worked hard to find a happy medium between the first 2 games as they recognize that the fanbase was a little split on the two experiences. Crysis 3 aims to make them all happy..
Two development teams, two experiences: In an effort to meet the demands of players of all types, the game has been developed by two distinct teams. One team focused on creating the solo and cooperative, story-aspect of the game while another handled the multiplayer modes in their entirety. The goal is to deliver the tried-and-true Crysis experience in the campaign(s) and deliver the competitive experience players from games like Halo and Call of Duty expect. Each development team had a single focus and spent their entire development process concentrating solely on that aspect of the game.
Wii U or Won’t U: Adopters of Nintendo’s new consoles had better start making secondary plans if they want to experience Crysis 3. Crytek has no plans to bring the game to Nintendo’s shiny new console, however, there is a slight glimmer of hope for those who refuse to take no for an answer. The developers have managed to get the CryEngine architecture up and running on Nintendo’s console, so the port is possible. Mike stated that they aren’t necessarily opposed to someone porting the game over to the Wii U and have actually had brief discussion as such but they just don’t plan on doing it their selves.
Crysis 3 is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in February 2013.