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Crysis 2, Killzone 3 Already Hitting BitTorrent

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Friday brought reports that a (near-final) developer build of Crysis 2 found its way into the BitTorrent pipeline. The 9.22 GB build featured the full game, the multiplayer portion, the DRM Solidshield master key for the online authentication and the CryEngine 3 editor.

Shortly after the leak was made known, Electronic Arts posted a response on the Crysis 2 website. "Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites," the company said. "Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22."

"Crysis 2 is still in development and promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the series’ signature Nanosuit lets you be the weapon as you defend NYC from an alien invasion," EA added. "Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community."

According to Crytek, piracy is the very reason why it decided to develop for consoles in addition to the PC. "We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis," said Crytek's Cevat Yerli back in 2008. "We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable. I believe that’s the core problem of PC Gaming, piracy. To the degree PC Gamers that pirate games inherently destroy the platform. Similar games on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us and I believe we wont have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore."

Crytek isn't the only developer currently feeling the stab of piracy. Guerrilla Games' upcoming Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3 has also entered the BitTorrent current just one week before its release. The 41.4 GB torrent is the European version of the Blu-ray game and includes 3D output. A second torrent will reportedly be available soon without the 3D aspect, reducing the download to half. Naturally pirates will need a hacked PlayStation 3 to play the unreleased game.

Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3 launches in North America on February 22. Crysis 2 will arrive in the States exactly one month later (March 22) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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    joytech22 , February 14, 2011 6:41 PM
    I won't be pirating Crysis 2 no matter how excited I am, I think I can wait a month.

    Crytek are a great bunch, they put a lot of hard work into detailing the Crysis games so they deserve my money.
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    dimar , February 14, 2011 6:25 PM
    You stop supporting exclusive PC titles, and nobody will buy the latest Intel CPUs and nVidia/AMD GPUs. Not sure where you get your info, but you can pretty much torrent any XBOX 360 titles and other console games.
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    XD_dued , February 14, 2011 6:34 PM
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    Guerrilla Games' upcoming Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3 has also entered the BitTorrent current just one week before its release.


    Hmmm...guess consoles don't have piracy. Its all good.
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    joytech22 , February 14, 2011 6:41 PM
    I won't be pirating Crysis 2 no matter how excited I am, I think I can wait a month.

    Crytek are a great bunch, they put a lot of hard work into detailing the Crysis games so they deserve my money.
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    fuzzyplankton , February 14, 2011 6:47 PM
    I'm playing it now and I'm still going to buy it next month. They just like to wine for advertising PR. I just consider it a playable demo that they left us out on.
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    segio526 , February 14, 2011 6:54 PM
    It seems like the harder they DRM, the more things get pirated. I forgot the company, but some game studio put out their game without any sort of DRM, you didn't even need the disc in to play. After a month, the piracy on it via Bittorrent was HUGE, but they still hit the sales goals they had set if they included DRM.
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    maxiim , February 14, 2011 6:59 PM
    I heard somewhere that the Crysis 2 torrent release is not the final release of the game, as some pieces are missing and whatnot. Not really interested in the game anyway so I doubt I'll be buying it.
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    d_kuhn , February 14, 2011 7:02 PM
    Pay for the game... and maybe we'll get another one. I can understand the "me want now!" attitude that some of the downloaders may have, but not the "me want free" one. To NOT pay for what is sure to be a great title from a quality house (and not just another crappy Console port) is no way to support PC Gaming.
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    lifelesspoet , February 14, 2011 7:08 PM
    I hear a lot of pirateers complain and say its Just as easy to mod and steal a console game. I find it really strange that most if not all pirate most their pc games and their console is unmoded. It's a legitimate problem with archaic solutions that dont work. It seems that risking getting your 200$ console getting bricked is their only deterrent. But thats Just my personal expirience. I refuse to pirate things that would die if no one paid for them.
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    Supertrek32 , February 14, 2011 7:08 PM
    dimarYou stop supporting exclusive PC titles, and nobody will buy the latest Intel CPUs and nVidia/AMD GPUs. Not sure where you get your info, but you can pretty much torrent any XBOX 360 titles and other console games.

    GPUs... maybe... CPUs? Video encoders say hi.

    And as far as console piracy goes - it's a lot more involved. PC piracy you need to DL and double click. 360, if I understand correctly, requires you to open the xbox and flash some firmware using a sata cable and DOS. So yeah, you can do it if you're a techie like us, but little Billy's a lot less likely to try it.
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    rohitbaran , February 14, 2011 7:10 PM
    So, the same article says Killzone 3 got up on the torrent sites as well. Still the developers have the guts to say that consoles don't have piracy problem? PC games are what drive the gaming hardware industry towards evolution.
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    fuzzyplankton , February 14, 2011 7:11 PM
    Ya it just a beta copy. The lightings all weird, the sounds aren't done, it wont auto saved load games and it locks up somtimes. I dont know why there complaining i dont know any who would play it and say they dont need the finished game. Its playable but i got it just to see the game and how it would play on my hardware(AMD 965 x4 3.4 phenom with ati 4770X2 crossfire runs the game at 1600x900 at max setting at 30-40 fps granted the game not finished yet). I think there only worried about is the DRM Solidshield master key and the engine editor that could be used later on the fished product. A lot of companies do open beta testing and is does not hurt there sales. But i would say the game is a buyer.
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    Trialsking , February 14, 2011 7:12 PM
    One benefit of these wonderful pirates:

    My CF 5870's will be running games at MAX for the next 10 years because of this. No developer is going to make a PC exclusive to push graphix now.
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    xx12amanxx , February 14, 2011 7:15 PM
    This is truly sad. Crysis was a great game! Probably the best game i have played since half-life 2.All those complaining about PC gamers getting console ports should thank all the people who torrent the game and play it for free. I feel like the days of having awesome games for the PC are over! Please buy the damn game and stop stealing it! The devs deserve it it brings more to us PC gamers.
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    king smp , February 14, 2011 7:18 PM
    I remember hacking Commodore 64 games when I was 14 LOL
    Nowadays as a responsible 40 year old I pay for games.
    As long as they have a decent playable demo for free to try out.
    Also helps my best friend is a Gamestop Manager :) 
    Nothing sucks more than buying a $59.99 USD game and it is lame.
    Then you of course youi cant return it for money back opened.
    And if you can find some store to buy used PC games your lucky to get
    $10 for a opened game that was used once!
    Also as already stated the companies should stop spending money on anti piracy technology.
    It would directly save on the bottom line.
    People who are going to buy it will still buy it and
    Pirates always hack the DRM anyway.
    It is sad I cant make a backup copy of my run disks in case they get scratched.
    And all customer service can tell you is buy another $50 copy....
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    nicklasd87 , February 14, 2011 7:28 PM
    I don't understand why more game developers don't register game serial numbers to online accounts. This seems like a tried and true way to combat piracy.

    And the previous comment was asking about Sins of a Solar Empire. That game had massive sales because it was Awesome!

    Make a good game, and people will buy it.

    Crysis and Crysis Warhead were pretty, but I thought the multiplayer aspect sucked, and these days unless I plan to heavily invest in the multiplayer portion, I'm not going to buy it. I've learned my lesson on buying games that barely have any online community. I've played 400+ games of Starcraft 2 in comparison, that's a game well worth what I paid for.
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    shortbus25 , February 14, 2011 7:33 PM
    Really they need to give up on DRM if they make it, it will be hacked. Its to simple to do (for some)... They want to sell games stop charging 60+ for a game I'd buy a lot more if they were 20 to 25 dollars a game. Make it easier for us Broke Asses to have the game. Just think you buy 5 new games a year how much that is $300 vs. $125 if they would make them cheaper you know DVD's don't cost that much. And what good is it to buy them for 60+ and soon as you beat them it goes on the shelf. Never to be played again.
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    Aionism , February 14, 2011 7:41 PM
    Quote:
    Friday brought reports that a (near-final) developer build of Crysis 2 found its way into the BitTorrent pipeline.


    Quote:
    "Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites,"


    Uhhh...

    I think I'm going to trust EA on this since I've seen screenshots of it and it's a mess. It's a build that is apparently over a year old.
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    theuerkorn , February 14, 2011 7:52 PM
    D_KuhnPay for the game... and maybe we'll get another one. I can understand the "me want now!" attitude that some of the downloaders may have, but not the "me want free" one. To NOT pay for what is sure to be a great title from a quality house (and not just another crappy Console port) is no way to support PC Gaming.

    +1
    ... and on top of that, some users think they're "smart" by getting stuff free and not considering that free only goes for a short time until it's broke. Sure, I want stuff too and preferably free, but I also want to get paid for my work and wouldn't call people "stupid" who actually are willing to pay for it.
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    Khimera2000 , February 14, 2011 8:11 PM
    Its funny how they complain of PC pirating, but while i was living in asia it was so much easier to get pirated consol games, especialy since the same people usualy would mod your consol (for a small fee) in a couple of hours. they can complain about PC pirating all they want, but in my opinion these companies are loosing alot more cash from pirated consol games. they just dont see it because most people would buy from these stores since bandwith is so expensive over there ,and so most consol pirates cant even be tracked. I would say take the pirate statistics for consols and multiply it by 5 and you would have about the right number... at least for the philippines and the countries in that region.

    The fact is most can afford consols alot more readily then computers, and when it only cost 20 bucks to make it so you can play pirates that means you can play pirated consols for about 300 to 350 bucks, and pay about 5 bucks for any title. However compared to pirating PC games you have to first worry about viruses, which is relatively common, you have to worry about performance needed for the game, bugs in the game releas, applying buggy game cracks, lacking the ability to apply patches in most cases.

    PC games are always being updated for hardware compatability this makes it so more hacks are needed to continue playing, consol hardware does not change much making it extremely easy for the end user to use pirated consol titles.

    If by small chance PC titles are being pirated more its because PC users want to make sure that its not crap since most of the PC releases lately whre pritty weak. Consol pirating is only going to skyrocket its faster and easier for people to set up shops dedicated to hacks and pirating for consols in the third world, and its a no brainer that there hacks will go on the web.

    Companies really need to start understanding that there consoles are not forts and that there standardized hardware is a god send to hackers world wide. I havent seen anything change in regard to this since SNES, when you where able to get a floppy drive and pirate games with 3.5 floppies.
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    XD_dued , February 14, 2011 8:14 PM
    alphadarkBlah blah DRM blah blah Consoles have piracy also blah blah blah games are to expensive.Stop making excuses, you're all a bunch of thieves. You didn't pay for it so stop acting like your fucking entitled to something. Were even lucky to get a port nowadays. If I was running a business I wouldn't even bother with a bunch of fucking criminals. It's like opening a dine and dash restaurant, fucking stupid.


    I pay for all of my games. But it is game companies who are making excuses of piracy just so they can sell more. Even assuming piracy did not exist pc gamers would eventually get water down console ports. It just annoys me how they are using piracy as their scapegoat.
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