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Crysis 2: Lower System Req, Better Graphics

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The sequel will require less while providing more. Sounds like a good woman.

During his keynote speech at the India Game Developer Summit 2010 last month, Carl Jones, director of global business development at Crytek, said that Crysis 2 will have lower system requirements and better graphics than the original Crysis PC game. We also learned last week that the game's engine (CryENGINE 3) will support stereoscopic 3D which will be demonstrated at the Game Developers Conference in the next few days.

Jones also revealed that the company will provide a version of CryENGINE 3 for indie developers that will be priced lower than a general license. "At Crytek, we believe in the concept of WYSIWYG — What You See Is What You Game — so when you are developing something with our tools you'll know what it looks like on all three popular platforms, the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3," he said.

Students can download the standard development engine and tools for free. "We're interested to see what you plan to do with the engine and you can download it from our website," he said.

So far Crytek has been secretive about the contents of the upcoming game, refusing to spill the details about the multiplayer aspect and the single-player campaign's story. The game will supposedly take place in New York City and feature a new-and-improved Nanosuit. Crysis 2 is slated to hit the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 sometime around Q3 2010, however expect to see more information roll out of E3 2010 this summer.

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    rebturtle , March 9, 2010 5:07 PM
    So now EVERYTHING can run Crysis? What will we spam the hardware review comments with now?
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    rodney_ws , March 9, 2010 5:12 PM
    Sweet! I guess they finally learned how to program efficiently.
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    Jerky_san , March 9, 2010 5:12 PM
    "This just in crytek learned that optimization is key to better fps and that everyone doesn't have a 15k dollar quad crossfire system!"
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  • 49 Hide
    rebturtle , March 9, 2010 5:07 PM
    So now EVERYTHING can run Crysis? What will we spam the hardware review comments with now?
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    cptnjarhead , March 9, 2010 5:09 PM
    More for less.. we will see when it ships.
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    jerreece , March 9, 2010 5:10 PM
    I can't wait to see this one when it comes out. If what they're saying is true, Crysis 2 should play on most modern gaming systems with ease, and look better. I truly hope that's true.

    Interested in seeing how they pull this all off in the end.
  • 31 Hide
    rodney_ws , March 9, 2010 5:12 PM
    Sweet! I guess they finally learned how to program efficiently.
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    Jerky_san , March 9, 2010 5:12 PM
    "This just in crytek learned that optimization is key to better fps and that everyone doesn't have a 15k dollar quad crossfire system!"
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    Honis , March 9, 2010 5:12 PM
    Quote:
    ...Crysis 2 will have lower system requirements and better graphics than the original Crysis PC game
    Didn't the expansion have a lower requirement and better graphics than the original Crysis PC game?

    Quote:
    Students can download the standard development engine and tools for free.
    Now that is awesome.
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    cptnjarhead , March 9, 2010 5:15 PM
    also - does this mean that the original Crysis could have ran better FPS on higher setting with lesser hardware?
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    False_Dmitry_II , March 9, 2010 5:16 PM
    rebturtleSo now EVERYTHING can run Crysis? What will we spam the hardware review comments with now?


    Cryostasis
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    maigo , March 9, 2010 5:18 PM
    Bet it doesn't cost less
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    Steven Bancroft , March 9, 2010 5:18 PM
    cptnjarheadalso - does this mean that the original Crysis could have ran better FPS on higher setting with lesser hardware?


    New engine. It COULD have (anything could have with better optimization) but its not like they are going to recode the original for the release of a sequel.
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    cptnjarhead , March 9, 2010 5:25 PM
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    New engine. It COULD have (anything could have with better optimization) but its not like they are going to recode the original for the release of a sequel.

    So if that is true.. then they where lazy or motivated by someone or something to push hardware requirements. I'm thinking just lazy.
    I think they should revise/recode of the original. Sell it for $20 or so on a cross platform release. Add a couple of new extras. Crysis-Reloaded addition. XBOX,Windows Live, PS3.
    Hell they already have the game. Rebagg it and ship it.
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    shin0bi272 , March 9, 2010 5:26 PM
    the reality of the situation is that they are programming it for the consoles and releasing it on pc as an inclusion not an exclusive release. So the graphics will be about the same (see the pics of the 360 or ps3 version) as the original but able to be run on a console. Sort of a double edged sword for pc gamers though as the graphics will not be much better (i.e. no tessellation or godrays or whatever for a guess) but it will run better and you wont have to have an i7 965 and quad sli to get 60fps. So six of one in the end...
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    Darth_Kaar , March 9, 2010 5:31 PM
    Good news for all Crysis fans. I enjoyed the orginal Crysis, hope there will be performance improvements they've promised without any noticeable impact on image quality.
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    ohim , March 9, 2010 5:39 PM
    what Crysis needs now is a good story like Mass Effect.
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    SchizoFrog , March 9, 2010 5:41 PM
    Oh how short memories are... When Crytek released Crysis they were all about how good and advanced their engine was and how it would push the hardware envelope. Now with this new engine they claim the same thing and hindsight just proves that the last engine was useless at what it was designed for, to actually run a game, not just create interesting screen shots. As for the game itself I thought the story and narrow maps were outdated and the AI was just useless... who remembers 'Hello, anybody there?... ALARM!!!'?
    As the new engine will also be console compatible I guess DX11 won't feature too often either, so I guess its more a case of Deja Vu than out with the old and in with the new.
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    rhino13 , March 9, 2010 5:42 PM
    I have to say, I'd rather them require a wicked system and max that system out.

    While the original Crysis engine was by no means perfect, it was very much so "all it could be."

    I wish we could have seen that again here.
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    choctawfootball , March 9, 2010 5:47 PM
    i thought the crysis 2 screen shots looked like crap.

    very disappointed.
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    Jarmo , March 9, 2010 5:55 PM
    I bet the original would have had lower requirements if you'd remove all the trees, bushes and other vegetation. Let's say... an urban setting instead of a jungle? Hey wow, what an optimization feat!
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    hotsacoman , March 9, 2010 5:59 PM
    "MAXIMUM #$%@!"
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    orionite , March 9, 2010 6:00 PM
    What's the matter with you people? If a new engine is better and more efficient than the last one, that means the last one was crap? People come up with new ways of doing things all the time. It's called progress. Geez, get a grip!
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