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Crytek CEO: The PC is Still Important

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Crytek's Cevat Yerti said that PC gaming is still important despite the recent Crysis 2 leak.

Shortly after Electronic Arts posted its public message about the leaked, near-final PC version of Crysis 2 appearing on BitTorrent, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerti released a statement to reassure fans that PC gaming is still important to the developer despite recent events.

"While we are deeply disappointed by these events, we are all completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from you, our community," Yerti said. "Despite this unfortunate incident, we can assure you that PC gaming is very important to us and will always be important to Crytek in the future. We are all still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. I hope you will enjoy Crysis 2 on PC, as we think it is our best PC game yet!"

News of the leaked PC version of Crysis 2 arrived on Friday, reporting that the 9.22 GB torrent included the near-final build, the multiplayer portion, the DRM SolidShield master key for online authentication, and the CryEngine 3 editor. As of the writing, Electronic Arts and Crytek have not disclosed any information on how the game actually slipped through security.

"Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community," Electronic Arts said Friday. "We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22."

There's no question that piracy is a huge problem for the gaming industry no matter the platform. Unfortunately, it's driven some PC-only developers to bring their franchises to the current-generation consoles. Even though their games will undoubtedly be pirated across the board (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC), the overall revenue will nonetheless be higher than simply developing exclusively for the PC.

Recently DICE revealed that the PC version of Battlefield 3 will be the "lead platform." This is good news, as it implies that PC gamers won't get a watered-down console port, but rather a high-quality experience that only the latest PC hardware can bring. Developers supporting the three major platforms should use this method of attack for every project. After all, as one Tom's reader said on the forums, PC games are what drive the gaming hardware industry towards evolution.

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    g00fysmiley , February 16, 2011 4:14 PM
    finaly an article pointing out that consoles pirate too >_<
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    hotsacoman , February 16, 2011 4:16 PM
    Best PC game yet? Crytek hasn't released any games, only tech demos lol.
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    thearm , February 16, 2011 4:19 PM
    Crysis is a highly respected game. The developers will get paid.
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    Trialsking , February 16, 2011 4:32 PM
    I just hope that the PC version isn't the same "console luxury price" of $59.99. I will buy the game but I don't need to subsidize MS and Sony hardware, I paid the cost upfront with my CF 5870's.
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    saint19 , February 16, 2011 4:40 PM
    Nice, the only problem that I see is: Crysis 2 + Battlefield 3 = Huge hole in my wallet. :lol: 
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    knowom , February 16, 2011 4:51 PM
    They probably leaked it themselves for publicity.
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    alienzander76 , February 16, 2011 4:51 PM
    Yay, Go DICE. At least one developer out there gets it.
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    darkchazz , February 16, 2011 4:55 PM
    PC multiplayer demo coming march 1st :) 
    Can't wait!!!
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    Bigmac80 , February 16, 2011 4:57 PM
    Even people that don't play Crysis on PC they just buy it for benchmarking.
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    xx12amanxx , February 16, 2011 5:04 PM
    I am really looking forward to buying this game!
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    falchard , February 16, 2011 5:07 PM
    trialskingI just hope that the PC version isn't the same "console luxury price" of $59.99. I will buy the game but I don't need to subsidize MS and Sony hardware, I paid the cost upfront with my CF 5870's.


    Psh no way they release it at that price. Its going to be $74.99.
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    warezme , February 16, 2011 5:08 PM
    You know I may grab it online and play with it for a while but I still plan to buy a copy, even a backpack version if they are available.
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    lradunovic77 , February 16, 2011 5:18 PM
    Crysis 2 will suck. Visually it will be downgrade from PC because of consoles. Crytek sold 3+ millions of copies and they should stick with PC and explore DX11 with Crysis 2 instead of making game for Consoles (which are nothing but utter crap) and porting to PC. PC community as punishment will probably make shit load of illegal copies therefore PC sale of Crysis 2 is going to suck. Blame EA and their greediness.
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    darkchazz , February 16, 2011 5:22 PM
    lradunovic77Crysis 2 will suck. Visually it will be downgrade from PC because of consoles. Crytek sold 3+ millions of copies and they should stick with PC and explore DX11 with Crysis 2 instead of making game for Consoles (which are nothing but utter crap) and porting to PC. PC community as punishment will probably make shit load of illegal copies therefore PC sale of Crysis 2 is going to suck. Blame EA and their greediness.

    Cool story bro
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    one-shot , February 16, 2011 5:37 PM
    The PC is Still Important, just not to us.

    They left the last part out.
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    touchdowntexas13 , February 16, 2011 5:37 PM
    Nicely put Kevin. I like the quote at the end.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2011 5:42 PM
    If people pirate games that means less games and that means less of a push for newer technology from AMD, INTEL, and Nvidia. If it wasn't for gaming on the PC we would be running a Pentium III with a 3DFX Vodoo 3 2000 pc right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    User69 , February 16, 2011 5:44 PM
    I have good knowledge that Crysis 2 looks better than any console game available but will only utilize directx9, not 10, not 10.1, and definitely not Dx11. Trust me, it could of looked a lot better and consoles definitely nerfed the graphics.
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    zambutu , February 16, 2011 5:48 PM
    Crysis 2 is a definate maybe for me. I'd like to play a demo first tho
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    twile , February 16, 2011 6:02 PM
    Love the last sentence. Something I've pointed out to people in the past, PC gaming is what drives much of the PC market, which is what trickles down to the console market.
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