The fourth quarter of 2007 may go down as having the most high-profile releases of top-tier games in history, with the three months following Halo 3's September 25 launch being positively jam-packed with games. Call of Duty 4, Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Lost Odyssey, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Warhawk, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, NBA Live 08, NBA 2K8, Conan, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, EA Playground, Clive Barker's Jericho, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Need for Speed ProStreet, Assassin's Creed, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (PC), Gears of War (PC), The Simpsons Game, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Virtua Fighter 5, TimeShift, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, World in Conflict, Beowulf, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008, Army of Two, Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, SimCity Societies, Rock Band, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Universe at War: Earth Assault, SOCOM: Confrontation, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Devil May Cry 4, Unreal Tournament 3 (PC and PS3), Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, NIGHTS, and many other titles are all currently scheduled to arrive before the midnight bells chime on December 31, 2007. The majority of those titles will arrive in November, after Grand Theft Auto IV's mid-October launch and before the end of the all-important holiday shopping season in mid-December.
Now, PC gamers can add one more title to their overflowing Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa shopping lists. During today's post-earnings report conference call, Electronic Arts CFO Warren Jenson narrowed the ship window for Crysis, the eagerly anticipated shooter from German developer Crytek. "We are now planning to launch Crysis in early November," he told analysts. Previously, the game only had a tentative 2007 release date.
[UPDATE] Early Thursday morning, EA announced an exact ship date for Crysis. The game will arrive on Friday, November 16, exactly one month after GTA IV. "We're thankful to our fans for their support and patience, and we're excited to bring them Crysis this year," said Crytek CEO and president Cevat Yerli in a statement.
Crysis is Crytek's first title since its groundbreaking 2004 game Far Cry. Ever since it was first unveiled at the 2006 Game Developers Conference, the game has caused mass salivation among shooter enthusiasts because of its high-intensity graphics. Most recently, it was named Best PC Game of E3 at the 2007 Game Critics Awards. To find out more about the game, check out GameSpot's ample previous coverage.