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Bummer: Crytek Denies Crysis 2 DirectX 11 Patch

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Talk of a DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2 were false.

The highly-anticipated FPS game Crysis 2 from EA and Crytek finally launched last Tuesday on March 22, 2011, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Surprisingly, the PC version didn't ship with DirectX 11 support, instead requiring DirectX 9.0c at the very least to be installed on gaming systems.

Naturally fans were elated when news of a DirectX 11 patch arrived over the weekend, an update which would (obviously) beef up the graphics for supporting high-end systems. But on Monday party balloons quickly deflated and eager fans were left empty handed when the supposed release date came and went without the arrival of the coveted DirectX 11 patch.

But as seen on this post in the MyCrysis forums, no patch was ever confirmed by the developer in the first place. "I have no idea why this website even posted such information," said Crytek community manager Cry-Tom. "This thread is locked just the same as the others for trying to spread inaccurate information. When there are any big announcements regarding Crysis 2 they will be posted on MyCrysis, if you read something about a patch for example, but don't see it on MyCrysis.com, then it isn't genuine."

Although the game currently doesn't support DirectX 11 (which means it's still possible in the near future), the PC version of Crysis 2 has received an overall 88.47-percent review ranking over on GameRankings and 86-percent on Metacritic. Still, if Crysis 2 supported DirectX 11 out-of-the-box, would it have scored better with the critics?

Nevertheless, stay tuned, as we're certain more will arrive concerning Crytek's new shooter and DirectX 11 options at a later date.

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    xinpig , March 30, 2011 8:01 PM
    Wow, crytek fails. so this next gen game is Dx9 only? I cant believe I wasted my money buying it on PC. I could be playing it with my friends instead on xbox.
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    joytech22 , March 30, 2011 8:13 PM
    I guess Crytek took profit over it's customers.

    Look at the end of the day, the game looked nice and was/is fun to play but wasn't exactly the best visual experience out there.
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    nevertell , March 30, 2011 8:37 PM
    And I thought I'd be missing out on much stuff with my 8800gt.

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    HolyCrusader , March 30, 2011 8:38 PM
    Only DX9? Is it just me, or does this feel like a slap in the face?

    Then again, the news that DX11 would be patched in later was a bit surprising, considering Crytech doesn't have the best track record for supporting their products post-release, from Far Cry to Crysis Warhead.

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    Trialsking , March 30, 2011 8:42 PM
    I bet it will never have DX11.
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    jmvanderleeuw , March 30, 2011 8:54 PM
    "the PC version didn't ship with DirectX 11 support, instead requiring DirectX 9.0c at the very least"

    DIRECTX 9.0c at the very least NOT DIRECTX 9 only.

    The game supports DX9 and DX10 but NOT DX11
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    weaselsmasher , March 30, 2011 8:58 PM
    So here's an experiment. Take three DX11-capable systems that are hardware-identical and software-identical, down to the drivers. Take a few games that are capable of DX9, DX10, and DX11. Put them next to each other, run the game with maximum settings under each of the three DX versions. Now see how many people can correctly identify the DX11 game.

    I would bet good money that even among a knowledgeable set of testers (say, GDC attendees or something like that), that the rate of correct identification will not be much more than a "random" 33%.

    Crytek "owes" nobody DX11. Of COURSE they choose profit. They have to, if they want to stay in business, write paychecks that don't bounce, and pay rent and taxes. Any company that doesn't do that isn't a company for long (a fact utterly lost on the "I'm entitled to everything for free" generation, and on people who are utterly without clue on what it actually costs to run a AAA game company in the real world).
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    bv90andy , March 30, 2011 9:24 PM
    I remember when the news came that crysis 2 will be available on consoles and the guys at crytech where all over the news screaming how this won't hurt PCs at all... what aces. I won't give them 1$ for this game. The company that made the most hi-end game a few years ago is such a let down now... I can't even believe this. F them, I'm going back to metro 2033 (on dx11, which shows a big difference compared to dx10,9)

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    atikkur , March 30, 2011 9:50 PM
    so BF3 will set the new standard.. go DICE go.
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    sgtmattbaker , March 30, 2011 9:56 PM
    Weaselsmasher: I can definitely tell the difference between the water in Crysis 1 and 2 as it is very.noticeable. That isn't even a DirectX thing though, the DX9 water in C1 still looks better.
    Some games though aren't a whole lot different with the new API. I haven't played much of it, but Stalker Call of Pripyat doesn't look super different to me using DX9 vs. DX11. The only thing that changes drastically is there is dynamic weather (lightning, etc.)
    You are right though, Crytek doesn't owe anybody anything and they have an obligation to make money. However, what they have done is they have lied to their original fanbase about the graphics, etc. and a result they will very likely lose their support.

    bv90andy: yes I remember some nonsense talk about how "the consoles pushed Crysis 2 to be better because console players 'were more critical' ". Crysis 1 was and still is a spectacle. It is remarkable for its graphics and physics. I still have seen few games that match it in those aspects.
    However, having a game that lacks DX11 or DX10 doesn't necessarily make it bad. The gameplay can be great and all the graphics need to do is to be decent. With Crysis 2 however it seems as if some of the gameplay and gameplay mechanics have been changed for the worst.

    I'm glad they officially said this so now I don't have to get it for the PC at all. If they can't make the PC version with PC specific features (there isn't even a proper way to adjust graphics settings) then I'll just rent it for $10 and beat it in a few days on the xbox. Too bad for them though because I'm fairly certain they don't get any revenue from rentals.
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    Ramar , March 30, 2011 9:59 PM
    weaselsmasherSo here's an experiment. Take three DX11-capable systems that are hardware-identical and software-identical, down to the drivers. Take a few games that are capable of DX9, DX10, and DX11. Put them next to each other, run the game with maximum settings under each of the three DX versions. Now see how many people can correctly identify the DX11 game.I would bet good money that even among a knowledgeable set of testers (say, GDC attendees or something like that), that the rate of correct identification will not be much more than a "random" 33%. Crytek "owes" nobody DX11. Of COURSE they choose profit. They have to, if they want to stay in business, write paychecks that don't bounce, and pay rent and taxes. Any company that doesn't do that isn't a company for long (a fact utterly lost on the "I'm entitled to everything for free" generation, and on people who are utterly without clue on what it actually costs to run a AAA game company in the real world).


    Tired, boring argument that's basically the same as defending bands that sell out. There is no realistic defense. You're not allowed to say "Crysis 2 will not abandon PC gamers and will be built for PC gamers and we love you guys and would never abandon you" and then have textures and features that pale in comparison to your effort three years ago. Game companies get away with this all the time, remember Modern Warfare 2?

    If a car manufacturer started making compact cars, but promised not compromise on the next model of their full-size sedan, and people bought one believing the company, and found out their fears were justified, there would be a successful lawsuit within the year. For some reason game companies are allowed to make bullshit promises that never make it into the finished product, and profit off of people that believed the bullshit promises. That would not fly in ANY other market except entertainment.

    And Crytek does not NEED to choose money. The golden ferrari's they could have bought with the profits from Crysis 1 could have easy been repeated, but instead they got greedy.

    The great justice to all of this is that the console release was pirated first. They won't learn that lesson, though.
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    badaxe2 , March 30, 2011 10:46 PM
    What's most disappointing is Crytek saying a while back, "Crysis 2 is a PC game made to fit on a console, not the other way round."
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/108709-Crysis-2-Is-a-PC-Game-First-Console-Game-Second-Claims-Crytek

    http://www.destructoid.com/crytek-crysis-2-is-developed-for-pc-first-not-consoles-197050.phtml

    ..but of course we all know what happened at launch (default aim assist, "Press Start" on the title screen, DX9 only, etc.

    It's like Crytek is saying, "Now that we're on consoles, you PC users can piss off and suffer for a while because you pirated our first three games"

    What they don't seem to care about is how many more people actually bought those first three games, laying the groundwork and then some to allow them to make a game as ambitious as Crysis 2 in the first place.

    They really need to take a look and companies like Valve, Dice, CD Project Red, etc. Crysis 2 is pretty damn fun but considering it was designed and optimized to run on consoles, I was actually expecting much better performance, especially for DX9. Hell I get a higher average framerate in the original Crysis in DX10 on Very High. The only time the frames drop lower than Crysis 2 is around heavy HDR/vegetation, which is also constantly a lot more processor/memory intensive than any environment in Crysis 2.
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    sgtmattbaker , March 30, 2011 10:54 PM
    Graphics aren't everything people... I guess for Crysis though they are a lot more important because the first was a technical masterpiece.
    The best way to deal with this is how you deal with any other non-monopolistic company: don't give them your money and maybe send an email complaining or something. If you just HAVE to play it then wait to get a used or rent it and play it on a console.


    Moving on: The industry is all about consoles people. Unless PCs are more profitable you won't see a lot of change. The biggest thing that bothers me in general is not graphics (although important), but gameplay. It seems like a well made PC game has its own feel to it. Most console ports just have a "console experience". If the only PC games we see from now on are straight console ports then I won't find many games all that interesting.

    As a general rule, I feel good PC games are more complex, challenging and entertaining; however there are some console games/ports that are exceptions and are really fun. Even then though, I would prefer to play a game on the PC because I prefer using a mouse and keyboard and you can customize most PC games at least a little bit (save editors, etc.).

    Gaming in general only has a handful of chances left this year. If Deus Ex Human Revolution (I hear Deus Ex 2 got "simplified"...), Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and/or Batman: Arkham City aren't good then gaming is pretty much dead to me.
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    sgtmattbaker , March 30, 2011 10:57 PM
    What am I even commenting on this for anyway? I haven't had time to play a game in over a month :( 
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    atikkur , March 30, 2011 11:31 PM
    maybe there is some miss understanding between the dev (crytek),, and the gamer (pc). crytek said,, "PC had to be the primary platform", so they meant to widen the audience so every pc gamer could enjoy their game. and then they lower the specs, mainstream graphics. but on the gamer side, "PC had to be the primary platform", they meant it must had the highest graphics as far as the hardware can go, like in crysis1 for 2011 era.. that means dx11.

    im too dissapointed with the graphics.. as im playing crysis , for the graphics.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 12:31 AM
    I think Crytex screw us over twice. First they never had dx11 support yet rumors and even nvidia says the game supports dx11 and they allow the rumors to spray so people can buy the game in hope of dx11 patch. Than they complety say "oh uuhh we no know bout patch or daH Xz 11". Disgrace and dusguisting. Anyone who still have their hope on crytex will good redence. A waste of money.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 2:20 AM
    Crytek took heaps of flak for the high requirements for Crysis 1, and the constant accusation that the game was just a 'tech demo', despite the fact that it was actually a good game. So they focused on making sure Crysis 2 was a great game, and now they take flak for not making it enough of a tech demo.

    The fact is, Crysis 1 wasn't anywhere near as profitable as most people seem to think, due to being on pc and having such steep hardware requirements. By making Crysis 2 multiplatform Crytek can hopefully bring in some serious cash so they can then afford to spend the time to do all the DX11 goodness right, rather than just throwing some cheap DX11 effects in there so they can tick off some checkboxes for the fanboys.

    And in the end, don't forget, you should be buying hardware so that you can play good games, not buying games so that you can justify your hardware! A computer is just a tool, use it to do things, don't worship it.
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    bstm300 , March 31, 2011 5:52 AM
    schnitzelmanCrytek took heaps of flak for the high requirements for Crysis 1, and the constant accusation that the game was just a 'tech demo', despite the fact that it was actually a good game. So they focused on making sure Crysis 2 was a great game, and now they take flak for not making it enough of a tech demo.The fact is, Crysis 1 wasn't anywhere near as profitable as most people seem to think, due to being on pc and having such steep hardware requirements. By making Crysis 2 multiplatform Crytek can hopefully bring in some serious cash so they can then afford to spend the time to do all the DX11 goodness right, rather than just throwing some cheap DX11 effects in there so they can tick off some checkboxes for the fanboys.And in the end, don't forget, you should be buying hardware so that you can play good games, not buying games so that you can justify your hardware! A computer is just a tool, use it to do things, don't worship it.


    Yeah, but you're assuming too much. Do you really think they are just going to add in a DX11 patch out of the goodness of their hearts? I'm not sure that they will.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 6:17 AM
    The DX11 issue is the least of the problems, it's still a great looking game. The real issues are the massive bugs in the sp campaign, which in my case have left it impossible to progress in, and the disaster that is crysis 2's multiplayer. Stability issues on servers, progression/stat resets and rampant unchecked cheating are destroying what could well be an awesome mp experience.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 8:35 AM
    I'm buying it just because I wont be missing anything running it on my gtx260(no dx11!!)
    ...havent bought any other dx11 games cuz the lack dx11 h/w
    nice to see someone releasing a game that everyone could play, the way its ment to be played ;-) and surprising really that that someone is none other than crytek
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