Crysis 2 Multiplayer PC Demo Arrives in March

As promised, Electronic Arts has announced that the multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 will arrive on the PC March 1, 2011. The news arrives nearly one month after the demo originally appeared on the Xbox 360 console as an Xbox Live Gold account exclusive.

"In the demo, PC gamers will master the game’s signature Nanosuit, which allows them to be strong, be invisible, be fast and become the ultimate weapon," reads the announcement. "Players will compete in six vs. six matches set against a war-torn Manhattan in two maps: 'Skyline,' set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers, and 'Pier 17,' an open environment with limited cover."

The Crysis 2 demo will also feature two multiplayer modes: "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site." The former mode pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to win the round. In "Crash Site," players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.

Electronic Arts has also served up a sneak peak of each map which can be found here (Pier 17) and here (Skyline). As for the demo, the actual download size is currently unknown, but will be available at and other mirror sites starting March 1. The full game is slated to hit retail shelves on March 22 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

To play the demo, you need to meet the following system requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, with the latest Service Pack
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 x2 2 GHz, or better
  • GPU: Nvidia 8800GT with 512 MB RAM, ATI 3850HD with 512 MB RAM, or better
  • Memory: 2 GB (Vista requires 3 GB)
  • HDD space: 9 GB
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • DirectX version: 9.0c
  • Controller support: Microsoft Xbox360 Controller for Windows
  • Multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection

Note: There's indication that this list of minimum hardware requirements many not be final.

  • kiddagoat
    So basically what they are saying.... the system requirements have not changed since Crysis 1 and the game has ultimately been dumbed down for the consoles and the PC gamer gets the shaft yet again....

    Crytek used to be the ones that put out the new engines or implemented new feature sets in games to show case the capabilities.

    FarCry set a new bar.... Crysis established a new one.... Crysis 2 is taking 5 years back.... WTF Crytek! Another good PC developer gone turncoat.
  • kiddagoat
    Video cards up to 3-4 generations old can play Crysis 2??? WTF!!! And it is not even 64-Bit native??? They established a 64-Bit for FarCry ffs....

    Sorry for the double post but this really pisses me off....
  • silky salamandr
    People complain when the specs are too high. People complain when the specs are too low. Simply dont play the game if it pisses you off that much. But we all know that you will play the game and complain all the way to the end.

    You shouldnt have to have 1500 bucks invested in a triple sli setup to run a game at a respectable fps with all the candy on period.
  • ken062083
    Comparable system specs to Crysis 1 does NOT mean the game will be dumbed down. Crytek developed an entirely new engine for this game (that looked amazing in the demo btw). Better coding = better performance with lesser hardware
  • rohitbaran
    Well, the requirements are not very high, but most of the laptop owners, myself included will not be able to play it. The game however doesn't look much improved from the original Crysis. Yes, they have made an achievement by developing a cross platform engine, but visually, the game doesn't break any new ground.
  • elcentral
    its made for fucking consoles in mind of corse its get lower standards how did ppl not c this comming i already realised this the secong they anounsed it for consoles.
  • wikiwikiwhat
    This game doesn't work great on consoles. I've tried it and played the 360 demo. This belongs on PC. Honestly, they are hoping the consoles would be money-makers for them. Will they probably sell a million? Yes. They need to get controls fixed before this game releases on Xbox 360.

    I dunno, after playing Crysis 1 and Crysis Wars, Crysis 2 looks like an abomination. Pretty grahpics but its gameplay is hurting.
  • Trialsking
    kiddagoatVideo cards up to 3-4 generations old can play Crysis 2??? WTF!!! And it is not even 64-Bit native??? They established a 64-Bit for FarCry ffs.... Sorry for the double post but this really pisses me off....
    Have you been living under a rock for the last 6 months?!?!!? Everyone knew this the moment they announced its was going to the PS3 and Xbox. Anytime a game goes to the consoles it guarantees it will not be breaking any new ground graphically.
  • geekapproved
    I'll need an Xbox 360 controller to play the demo on my PC??

    That's what the system requirements say.
  • chaoski
    I will hold my judgment until I play the hopes are high.