After teasing Crysis fans with an accidental hint via its digital distribution service Origin last week, Electronics Arts officially announced the upcoming third installment on Monday. As indicated by the box art, players will assume the role of Prophet and return to New York City. However the protagonist soon discovers that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation.
"The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers," EA describes. "Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet."
Not wasting any time in squeezing money out of its customers, EA said that Crysis 3 Hunter Edition can be pre-ordered starting today via Origin. As an incentive, this version provides early access to the new signature bow and its attachments, plus the Hunter Nanosuit module which adds additional power and functionality to the super-suit. Pre-order customers also receive bonus XP, boosting the gamer's multiplayer character up to level 5, a unique bow skin and three exclusive dog tags to hunt in style. Woof.
In addition to Origin's version, retailers offering Crysis 3 Hunter Edition for pre-order will also provide early multiplayer unlocks including:
Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: for players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60 round magazine the Feline is highly effective and deadly, at short range.
"Set in 2047, Prophet is on a revenge mission after uncovering the truth behind Cell Corporation's motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes," reads the game's description. "The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were resurrected to protect the population and to cleanse these metropolises of the remnants of Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL's covert attempt at a land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. With Alien Ceph lurking around every corner and human enemies on the attack, nobody is safe in the path of vengeance. Everyone is a target in Prophet's quest for retribution."
Crysis 3 Hunter Edition is now available for pre-order on Origin.com and other participating retailers for $59.99. The game won't actually be available until spring 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
... unless it's another console port, of course.
I will not be buying this.