Console Crysis was 'inevitable'

Q&A: Crytek CEO says developer spent nearly three years of R&D to ensure that Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of first-person shooter series would live up to company's standards.

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Console gamers have been waiting years for Crytek's Crysis series to make its long-awaited living room debut. At last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Electronic Arts announced that the German developer's signature series would arrive in stores for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 as part of the EA Partners program. Crytek CEO and president Cevat Yerli and EA Partners GM David DeMartini spoke with GameSpot after the announcement, with Yerli explaining the reasons behind the developer's multiplatform move.

"It's a question of more than economics," Yerli explained. "At the end of the day we're paying salaries and we all have to live, but that's one side of this job. But most importantly and a bit more tangible to us are the families, the nephews, and sons who ask, 'Why aren't you going to consoles?' It's kind of like bothering people. We've been asked a lot in the last three or four years now, 'When consoles? When consoles? When consoles?' It was literally inevitable that we would bring it."

Despite that inevitability, Yerli insists the company wouldn't commit to a console Crysis 2 unless it could live up to the reputation established with benchmark-setting efforts like Crysis and Far Cry. It showed that it could at the 2009 Game Developers Conference, when it showed off impressive tech demos of the CryEngine 3 running on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. (Video of demo below.)

"There was 2 to 3 years of technical research and development into consoles before development on Crysis 2 started," Yerli said. "We had to make a technological breakthrough before we could commit to those quality bars. ... We had to make a technical base before we could get into great gameplay, story, settings, etc."

DeMartini lauded Yerli for the discipline needed to balk at cranking out substandard editions of Crysis or Crysis: Warhead for console crowds, empathizing with what he is sure was a difficult choice.

"It would be almost like a filmmaker making a film, but it doesn't get to show on 2,000 screens," DeMartini said. "You only get to show it on 600 screens, and Europe doesn't get to see it. This is game making, and we're trying to make money, but their creative souls is what they put into these products and to have other groups of the audience that can't enjoy what they spent so long to create is frustrating."

That frustration may soon be a thing of the past, but Crytek still faces a number of challenges before Crysis 2 launches, not the least of which will be taking full advantage of the hardware and features on three different platforms. While Yerli wouldn't discuss specific differences between the PC and console versions of the game, he left the door open for significant differences to exist.

"One thing you can be sure of is that we need to compete within each platform," Yerli said. "If we want to be successful, our game has to be the best game that can exist on Xbox 360 and PS3. They're not competing versus each other; they're competing within PS3, within 360, within PC. That means we will try to maximize whatever PC gives us, whatever 360 gives us, whatever PS3 gives us. The achievement systems, trophies, etc. are all slightly different, but we'll try to get the maximum service for the gamer at the end of the day."

The "end of the day" may still be a ways off. Just announced last week, Crysis 2 doesn't even have an announced release window yet.

Discussion

369 comments
Okplay
Okplay

Well lets think,if they will make Crysis console version it will run most like pc version of crysis on medium settings,in that case ,game might even wouldn't look like best console shooter/game. However from CE3 we can wait for surprises..

kmconstable
kmconstable

Too bad they did not spend 3 years making sure it lives up to PC standards as well. Makes me so angry I could punch a kitten at its cutest! BTW Advanracer that is not the way to go or talk if you want the PC to continue to get premium content, just sayin.

Intranetusa
Intranetusa

No dx10, no dx11, no vehicles in multiplayer, no advanced graphical option-settings, game engine looks worse than Crysis 1 maxed out, etc Give me a good reason why I should buy this console-port from Crytek who has sold out their PC fanbase.

advanracer
advanracer

ChiefFreeman :: Well said, considering NOW there's a copy of Crysis 2 out there for everyone who owns PC lol.

jonjon81
jonjon81

AZE160 - Because it's better for everybody to have more options as opposed to less, and the crybabies who want to complain because it's no longer "exclusive" can get bent. But don't worry, you can always bore everybody to death with tech specs showing how much better it is on PC.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

too much $ from console owners for Crytek to NOT make a console game. That, and all the nasty piracy that's ruining pc gaming.

AZE160
AZE160

Consoles Keep ruling everything these days why can't someone at least help the PC generation to join the seat.I mean Crysis was meant for the PC only.

snokdruid
snokdruid

Crysis 2 on consoles is proven to be original crysis with low/medium setting textures and a horrible draw distance, why would you want that when an al-cheapo graphics card for a PC can do better. Crysis 2 on dx11 on PC is going to be stunning.

Hellspawn_1581
Hellspawn_1581

@ aesuppiah don't worry about SW the force unleashed, they'll release a pc version next year (i'm not BS you, look it up in here :D), and of course Resistance and MGS4 (my personal favourite if i had a PS3) unfortunetly are not available, and i think never will...a shame

djridzwan
djridzwan

im sure they learned their mistake of making crysis a hardware hog. maybe the next one wont be requiring too much powerful hardware? and i think all 3 versions of crysis 2 will have the same graphic quality..except for pc... its going to be way way way better..

aesuppiah
aesuppiah

It's nice to see that console owners are going to share in the excitement of playing Crysis, like PC owners do....what gets me is that the reverse rarely happens. Why is it PC owners don't get a chance to share in playing games like Metal Gear Solid 4? or Resistance? or Star Wars force Unleased? or Sonic Unleashed?....the list could go on. :-(

mridulmaiden
mridulmaiden

mr yossi i hope u r saeeing teir teaser vid its hardly ever come to ps3 or 360 coz both kiccks pc ass

olle1990
olle1990

cant wait for the Xbox 360 version, the PS3 and xbox360 verison looks indentical =D

wookieeassassin
wookieeassassin

Wait a minute, they said this was a PC exclusive. Oh, wait, they always say that.

Yossi1007
Yossi1007

even if u did have 32 cores it wont help u with 256 mb video card even the ps3 is not close to the pc's crysis on medium for example there is no trees in the distant mountain while pc got a forrest the shadows r laggy while the pc's is realtime the clouds r 2d while the pc's r volumatric (3d) clouds and there is no even fullscreen motion blur while the pc's got per object motion blur and there is no aa on consoles pc rocks pruf... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRWRskYLdno THIS IS HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMZEO3z4maE THIS IS HQ

Nihonomaru
Nihonomaru

Cant wait for the PS3 Version :D.

Balaji1212
Balaji1212

I am PC Gamer and i am sure it will push the PC hardware when it comes out and so this news doesn't make a huge difference to me,as i am sure PC version will have better graphics than 360 and the PS3,I just hope they handle their artistic side better,technically they are brilliant we all know that but storytelling and character development is there weakness.

macedonia_sucks
macedonia_sucks

If Crysis goes on consoles so why dont console games "Exclusives" come to PC where is the balance in that. I just want to play dont make me buy every gaming platform

snokdruid
snokdruid

^^ Is dreading the huge amounts of comparison screen shots and videos based on this title.

Blink3r
Blink3r

YAY this will be great... i already had to buy a new rig just to play crysis 1... now i would have to do it all over again... its getting tiresome... i'd rather just play it on my ps3 which i wont have to upgrade when crysis 3 and 4 come out...

Clive-Owen
Clive-Owen

i'ma buy xbox 360, but im in favor of PS3 overall,

gizzy82
gizzy82

Well, if the graphics are on a par with the pc version (which i doubt) then the element of scale of the island will be sacrificed in my opinion and so too will be the free roaming feel of the game. I expect this to be a linear game much like the early console ports of Farcry where you were restricted to a path. Crysis for pc looks amazing, i have it. However, my Pc will never be powerful enough to play at its best graphics settings and i will never invest in a pc that can, I could simply never afford to spend the kind of money needed to run this game on very high. For me personally (this is not a dig at Crysis or anyone who would disagree with me) i found the story and gameplay quite boring after a while. I did like the weapon customisation with scopes and suppressors etc though. Who knows, maybe i will be stunned by this game when it is released but i wont hold my breath as that gamers would be suicide.

Puckhog04
Puckhog04

"People saying the game won't look as good as the PC are forgetting that the CryEngine 3 was designed specifically for the game consoles, so the graphics will look close to the PC versions, especially in 1080p resolution. I'll get it for the XBox 360. " Actually, No. You're wrong. CryEngine 3 was designed so that it would take advantage of every platform. It was designed so that all their games could easily be scaled down from the PC version of their game. In other words, it was designed so that the game itself could be downgraded to fit on a console. Nice try though.

fazedjb
fazedjb

can't wait for this looks great!

PlopMeDo
PlopMeDo

In the video, they both almost look indentical, but for the city, I think the PS3 was better, but that island place, the Xbox360 just %^%ed the PS3

bartek21
bartek21

@ xandrazane "People saying the game won't look as good as the PC are forgetting that the CryEngine 3 was designed specifically for the game consoles, so the graphics will look close to the PC versions, especially in 1080p resolution. I'll get it for the XBox 360. " how can the graphics on a pc look similar to an xbox 360 when xbox has a graphic card that is 3 generations old? O.o yes the new cryengine is designed for consoles however it most likely wont be anywhere near as impressive as cryengine 2.. why? because the xbox 360 and ps3 hardware is limited... while for the pc they have the ati 4870x2 and nvidia 295gtx which is far superior to the old hardware of consoles

PcGaming
PcGaming

how come now, consoles get crysis but PC dont get tekken 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm not a pc fan-boy but it would be nice if we could get some console only games.

XanderZane
XanderZane

redskins2156 I'm sure it'll work great for the ps3, but the 360 idk. **************************************************************** Well, the game will be made on the PC first and then ported to the XBox 360 and PS3. The XBox 360 is basically a PC, so it'll transfer with no problems. We all know how well PC games port to the PS3. So I don't it'll be perfect on the PS3. People saying the game won't look as good as the PC are forgetting that the CryEngine 3 was designed specifically for the game consoles, so the graphics will look close to the PC versions, especially in 1080p resolution. I'll get it for the XBox 360.

kartik24
kartik24

all those who think that it wont work on the ps3 are fools ...... owners themselves dont know that a ps3 has 7 cores.....7 CORESSS.....

kartik24
kartik24

i saw this coming when they made the crytek engine for both the ps3 and xbox 360........but still..WUHOOOOOOOO

gedbyz
gedbyz

How could you guys say that you anything that is going to happen with this game. Can you see into the future or are you just d0uch$ bags

BBFan414
BBFan414

Crysis on consoles? Hello red rings. And im pretty sure the PS3 is not = a $1500 computer, so it will prolly screw up a PS3 pretty bad too. Looking forward to how it turns out for the consoles though

dzfunk64
dzfunk64

"I doubt too many people will buy it that don't already have it." - W3En As AceJakk said, nobody has this game yet. Even if it was available, the majority of gamers wouldn't already have it since it requires such an insane gaming computer to play. Making it available on consoles will allow people who don't have $1500-$2000 to invest in a gaming PC to play it.

redskins2156
redskins2156

I'm sure it'll work great for the ps3, but the 360 idk.

PSgamer99
PSgamer99

this is gonna be awesome. cant wait for it and yeah, i agree with you dzfunk64

AceJakk
AceJakk

W3En: You do realize that they're speaking of Crysis 2 - a game you couldn't possibly be playing "maxed out", right? Read the article before commenting, maybe then you won't come across as a fool.

W3En
W3En

Haha too bad, I've been playing this game on maxed settings on the PC since it came out..Porting it to the consoles might not be the best idea, I doubt too many people will buy it that don't already have it. Even though multiplayer is free I think it was sorta a failure on the PC version (for the first game).

grootelaar
grootelaar

i agree with dzfunk64 sometimes when i play a game i exprince lag offline

dzfunk64
dzfunk64

lukas1051, Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, the PS3 has a better processor than the Xbox 360, but the Xbox 360 has a better video card and more RAM. Also, there's still a lot of untapped potential in both consoles, not just the PS3. I highly doubt there will be much of a difference between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, though. When developers make a game for both consoles, they usually just make a version that both consoles can run, rather than make two different versions customized for each console. They'll obviously have to lower the settings down to at least medium, but I'm sure it'll still look great. For people who have played the game on maxed-out settings on the PC, it'll look a bit worse, but for everyone who is used to the Xbox 360's and PS3's graphics, it'll look great!

lukas1051
lukas1051

The question is... How well will it run? I'm not too worried about PS3, there's still so much in the console which hasn't even been used by developers yet, but for the Xbox360, I reckon it'll be a push.

andalore
andalore

:D all i need now is STALKER to come to consoles

Mr_Bigtime
Mr_Bigtime

I remember the times when CRYSIS was first out and people was not able to play it with their laptop systems and keep whining about it..People insist of playing VISUALLY STUNNING titles with their 5 years old computers with 2 GB rams and Xp systems...If u cant keep up with the current technology, u musnt whine about poor performance.

Skyblue69
Skyblue69

@Dangerclown Crytek have revolutionised FPS games by making them fun again. I challenge you to find a game that was as much fun as the original Far Cry on pc, I rated it better than HL2, Halo, etc As for Crysis, I did not enjoy it as much as Far Cry but Crysis:Warhead was a spectacular roller-coaster ride. As for the graphics on pc versus ANY OTHER PLATFORM - forget about it, PC cleans up bigtime and I have all the formats so I can make an accurate judgement. Also the pc upgrade cycle has slowed dramatically over the last 3 years so all u guys saying "but I have to upgrade every six months" are out of touch with the current pc gaming scene out

P90E21
P90E21

I just like consoles over a PC its how I grew up. I am not bashing PC's though I do like my PC, sides I have to invest money I don't really have to update the comp. Every 6 months or so cause the games demands just keep rising.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

ps3 and 360 will both be equal in terms of quality and both blow hardcore as opposed to the PC version. face it when you want visual and audio quality pc has NO substitue. you can rant all you wish but its a fact of life.