Crysis Q&A - Why Bring the First Crysis Game to Consoles?

Crysis--the first game--is headed to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 seven months after Crysis 2 already debuted. Why? We ask Crytek president Cevat Yerli.

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The original Crysis debuted as a PC-exclusive game in 2007, and it quickly became the gold standard for unattainably high-end PC gaming. This was a game that brought most gaming PCs grinding to a halt unless you reduced your graphical settings. One thing was clear at the time of the game's original release four years ago: Crysis wouldn't work on a console. Or would it? Now, Crytek is bringing the original game (the single-player campaign only, no multiplayer) to the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 and will be releasing it next month. Then again, Crytek already released the sequel, Crysis 2, in March of this year to both the PC and to consoles. So why release the first game to consoles now? Crytek president Cevat Yerli explains.

GameSpot: Tell us about the decision to bring the first Crysis to consoles--a decision that some might find confusing, especially since Crysis 2 is already available for consoles. Why Crysis for consoles and why now?

Cevat Yerli: Even though Crysis was released more than four years ago, many people still perceive the game as one they can't play without owning a high-end PC. So, many people did not get the chance to experience the original Crysis the first time around. With the development of CryENGINE 3, we have improved the technology in a way that finally lets us bring Crysis to consoles without compromising the true experience and to also make improvements on the original gameplay. We actually started investigating bringing Crysis to consoles before we finished Crysis 2, and after Crysis 2 was released, there was such a strong desire from the community to play Crysis on consoles that we felt we had to satisfy our fans. We're really pleased that so many people will now be able to find out how the Crysis story began and give them the opportunity to meet the iconic characters from the first installment.

GS: In 2007, the original Crysis quickly became known as the game that would bring computers to their knees. For starters, as a flagship game for DirectX 10, the game carried a whopping gigabyte of textures and more than 80,000 shaders. How can all this graphical detail successfully be brought over to consoles intact?

CY: While the original PC version of Crysis was developed on CryENGINE 2 technology, the console version of Crysis has been updated onto our latest engine. CryENGINE 3 has allowed us to improve the way we deal with large sets of textures and shaders, which is basically what makes Crysis on consoles possible in the first place. On top of that, we remastered parts of Crysis to make better use of the textures we have, and we added a completely new lighting system and some cutting-edge special effects. In some cases, Crysis today looks even better on consoles than it did on the PC four years ago. But that being said, our intention with putting Crysis onto consoles is not to compete with its PC brother but, rather, to be a top-notch experience for Xbox 360 and PS3 users.

Did you miss out on the alien invasion? Revisit Crysis on your console next month.

GS: Are there any particular strengths unique to console platforms you feel you can leverage in this new port?

CY: The advantage of working on consoles is that they are fixed platforms so it is possible to be extremely specific with optimizations. When working on PCs, there is a great deal of diversity of architecture, which actually reduces the optimization options.

GS: Any chance we'll see content from the Warhead follow-up or from Crysis 2 (multiplayer maps and the like) appear in the new console game?

CY: No, at the moment, there are no plans to use Warhead or Crysis 2 content for Crysis on consoles.

GS: What changes, if any, are being made to the single-player campaign to make the game work better as a 2011 console shooter?

CY: The most significant improvement is definitely how the single-player campaign is played with the adaption of the nanosuit 2 controls from Crysis 2. Players struggled to utilize the full potential of the first nanosuit with the original control scheme, so by bringing across the improved control functions from Crysis 2, we hoped to help players operate the incredible suit powers with consummate ease. We also received a great deal of fan feedback regarding one of the missions in the original Crysis and discovered that it was really frustrating for players and that they felt it was just not that fun to play. That's obviously the last thing you want to be hearing as a game developer, so we made the decision to remove that particular level completely, and we believe that the game as a whole is actually better for it. Finally, we have spent a great deal of time rebalancing the game and adding completely new features to make sure the entire experience is as tense, challenging, and captivating as it was always meant to be. This new version of Crysis now plays even better than the original, which is why I know people are in for an incredible experience with Crysis on consoles.

GS: Finally, is there anything else you'd like to add about this new console version of Crysis?

Expect to see huge outdoor areas with tons of foliage.

CY: We're really excited to be bringing the legendary Crysis to gamers who were unable to play it on the PC. It has been an amazing experience to have the chance to improve an already incredible game, and we believe that even those who played the PC version will find a whole new experience on consoles. Many people were skeptical as to whether or not we would be able to successfully bring Crysis onto consoles, but we are absolutely delighted with what we've achieved. Our talented team here at Crytek hopes that gamers will enjoy playing Crysis on consoles as much as we've enjoyed developing it.

GS: Thanks Cevat.

Discussion

56 comments
realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

@dalua360 For the price of whatever prebuilt POS computer you have and the price of your Xbox, you can build a gaming rig that will max 95% of all games for the next 3 or 4 years. After that, you might have to turn down a few settings, but you will still be in great shape. Or, you can keep your sh*tty gaming PC from 2005 called the Xbox 360, and play all your games at sub-HD resolutions and no AA, as well as mediocre graphics. But, then again, it's your choice.

supercycle21
supercycle21

Just beat Crysis for the first time ever. I had a lot of fun, and thought it was pretty great on my ps3. I would love to play the expansion Warhead on my ps3 as well. I hope they are working on porting that over as well.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I just downloaded it on PS3, it's worse than I thought. It looks like garbage compared to PC even on low-medium. I want my $20 back. And, the controls are the suck.

rohn13
rohn13

@dalua360 stop being so hateful because you can't afford a gaming pc. The 360 wouldn't exsist without pc gaming because it uses recycled pctechnology, both the hardware and the directX api. The PS3 uses pc tech to a lesser degree but the graphics chip in it is an enhanced version of the 7900 GTX PC chip. All systems have their strengths and their is no reason to be such a hater. PCs will always be the most powerful and versatile systems, but will be constrained by the power of the consoles for the forseeable future as most games these days are multiplatform. Most developers release the same game for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 (with the PC often being left out) but will set the design targets centered on the abilities of the least powerful system. This results in no PC or PS3 games exceeding the capabilities of the 360 unless they are exclusives, which are practically extinct on the PC, although Sony has been building in impressive catalog of first party games. While this devlopment strategy make sacrifice a little bit of potential graphic quality for some games ultimately it leads to far more AAA games and allows developers to devote more resources to gameplay which is more important than slightly better graphics. Each system has its strengths such as the Xbox 360's superior match making/ chat abilities for online gaming, the excellent bluray player of the PS3, or the fact a PC is well a PC. Stop the hate.

hkymike
hkymike

Getting it on the ps3

Benifited
Benifited

ive been waiting all week for this. anyone know when there launching this on the psn store? Im hoping to play this game tonite, wit a L and the surround sound system on high!

mdrew93
mdrew93

dalua360 Your comment is the same complaint about PCs that most console fanboys have. And yet you fail to realize that Crysis is still the game with the highest system requirements for PC. Any PC that runs Crysis on max will run anything else that you throw at it, and anything else that comes out for the next five years. This is because games always have to be optimized for the consoles. I'm not blaming the consoles for anything. I'm giving them credit, because without the huge console-base, PCs would need upgrades every year because programmers wouldn't be forced to find better code to do the same thing. Having said this, I am NOT a fanboy. I actually do 90% of my gaming on the 360 right now. All three systems have their merits. I've played all three and I know. Having said this, I am looking forward to tomorrow, so I can play through Crysis on my 360. I can't friggan wait! Having said This, It won't be as good as the PC version. I've seen no evidence that the console version will have the incredible destructible environment that the pc version had, and if it did, they would be bragging about it. Trust me. But it will still be a great game. Now everyone stop bit@hing about consoles and versions and release dates and graphics and just PLAY THE FRIGGAN GAME!

itchyflop
itchyflop

@risako9 ho ra!!i agree we have every right, and i did play it several years ago too !!!

risako9
risako9

I wish the days when graphics didn't matter and all gamers are together enjoying different games didn't end. Today, it's all about how expensive and how a system can run a specific game. We play the game not the graphical presentation. If you're a true gamer you wouldn't troll other gamers claiming that you've played this several years ago and we console owners have no right to play this game.

sirius237
sirius237

simple.. they want to make money!!

Rocker6
Rocker6

@dalua360 For a price of a console and a good HDTV,you can get a good gaming PC that will easily outperform any console.It wont Max everything,but it gets the job done.Also,PC games are almost always 10$ cheaper,no paying for Sony or MS names.There is also Steam,where you often get great deals on games,and many games get big price drops in only few months after release.Oh,and lets not forget how you never have to bother with backwards compatibility,if you want to play some old games,no need to hope for HD editions and pay if they even get released.There are also mods,they are free,and can extend a game's lifetime for long periods of time.Also,if mouse and keyboard doesnt get the job right for you,you can always plug in a controller.In the end,if you play your cards right,PC gaming pays off itself,a lot.Those who always upgrade and push their PCs to the limits with Overclocking,etc are called enthusiasts(me!),but not every PC gamer is one,also not every PC gamer is cocky about his rig.Hopefully this gave you at least a little insight into PC gaming,because judiging from your comments,you have no experience with it.Also,I have nothing against consoles(I owned a PS3 untill few weeks ago,I had a lot of fun with some exclusives,but I would never pick it over my PC).

dalua360
dalua360

This is for all PC players: You are all cocky about the power of your PCs right? But I spent my money on a console one time only, 5 years ago, and I never had to pay anything else, only for new games discs. And what about you PC boys? You have to upgrade your PCs everytime that a poweful game comes out! Unless you all have money coming out of your *ss, I don't see any advantage of bragging about having PCs! We have much more 10 out of 10 titles than you!

dalua360
dalua360

@Maverick51510 I bet you would like to play console exclusive games too. If so, put yourself in their shoes, and stop being a *&%#$@ !

xxxKONVICTEDxxx
xxxKONVICTEDxxx

woah, lighting is much more improved but textures are low res and the game is over all at a lower resolution with a reduced amount of foliage. But glad to see the alot more people will be able to play the original crysis :)

biokrysty
biokrysty

let them play crysis to, why not...........

sandgroper
sandgroper

why ? maybe because it actually had a playable singleplayer !

Maverick51510
Maverick51510

you console gamers never deserved Crysis. All I'm going to say. You will NEVER get to play the REAL TRUE crysis.

CWZaft
CWZaft

I'm happy to see this coming to the 360. I played Crysis 2, but was always interested in experiencing the first game and seeing the story of poor ol' Prophet. Hopefully Warhead will come sometime in the future.

turok0
turok0

it'll run 5 fps on that crappy consoles

lithus
lithus

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tsunami2311
tsunami2311

just looking at those pictures, and i can tell how low resolution the game and textures are.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

"This was a game that brought most gaming PCs grinding to a halt unless you reduced your graphical settings" Thats why I now game on consoles...the only thing I have to adjust while playing on my 360 is my chair ;) I also got tired of having to upgrade my PC everytime a new game came out (evenutally having to buy a new PC altogether)... @Killingspree303: "meh",That's what I said about L.A. Noire when it was announce to finally hit the PC...How's that Red Dead Redemption?....lol oh wait ...

edinko
edinko

@SR8000 well i wasnt talking how it looks. i was talking that they removed a whole part of the game and are now lying about it cause it is convenient for them. sice crytek are ea sellouts they achieved similar level of despicality as activision and other non-stop liars. they ruined the franchise with C2 cause it was terrible dumbed down for the console massses presumably

PSR8000
PSR8000

@edinko I must agree. Judging from the videos i've seen and the pictures i've looked at, it still doesn't look as polished as the PC version. I am glad however it has come to the Xbox/PS3 though. It still looks pretty damn good using the Cryengine 3 and i'll certainly play it again with the new controls. Shame there's no multiplayer though!

naraku2099
naraku2099

Glad to hear the original is coming to console. I simply can't afford a PC that could play Crysis and manage to look decent. I also can't make myself skip an entry in a series, which means I would never have played Crysis 2, either. Now I plan on playing both.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I love this game on PC. Can't wait to try it on console. I'm sure it'll be great. Changing the suit controls was a great idea. I much prefer the way it was done in Crysis 2.

edinko
edinko

sorry fot the duble post but i just spotted some thing. its unbelievable how this person is lying. They removed the level which was so graphics intensive that it brought my comp to its knees even while the rest of the game was pretty smooth.i remember i had to turn off details just in this 1 level. and of course he wont say that we bring the sripped crysis do we can milk even more money- he says that users complained about the part of the game. how convenient you lying prick

edinko
edinko

Cevat you are such a liar

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Why is it getting ported? Why not? They make more money, more people gets to enjoy it, I'm not seeing a downside here.

runstalker
runstalker

The first Crysis took home a ton of "Best FPS" and "Best PC Game" of the year awards (with mags like PC Gamer) back when it was released, despite everybody being overly-obsessed with the game as a graphics showcase. It's a very entertaining shooter campaign. A shame that Warhead isn't getting ported over, as it was a great "Meanwhile..." side story on the other half of the island.

kais112
kais112

Why didn't they rerelease PC then??

Zinic_
Zinic_

@Rovelius I was just about to say that - "In some cases, Crysis today looks even better on consoles than it did on the PC four years ago. " I doubt that.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@Dante200X Crysis and Warhead were both enjoyable games, unlike the mess that was Crysis 2.

fadersdream
fadersdream

Hermits have turned against crysis... not sure anyone is surprised by this.

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

Never played either of em. Kinda excited now to play them. So I will get both when the first comes out.

MemberUnknown
MemberUnknown

@Bumblebee1138 There are times when that does occur. They focus their attention on the console release of the game and later on decide whether or not the decision for a PC release is going to be worth the effort. Gears of War is one of the most popular examples.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I guess they figured since they dumbed down the 2nd game, they should do the same with the original.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Game Creators think of giving PC games to consoles, but only FEW ever think of giving Cosole games to PCs. Shame really.

byron0071
byron0071

some people didn't have the chance to play the original, remember not everybody have a PC and is a very good game, many kids are now teens and they would enjoy it, this game even 4 years old can compete with many current games.

Rovelius
Rovelius

"Crysis today looks even better on consoles than it did on the PC four years ago" I highly doubt this...

Dante200X
Dante200X

Crysis 1 was simply not a great game. I expect this to sell on hype alone and then people put it down after a few hours and never touch it again. Poor console peoples :\

max_1111
max_1111

Yeril reeeeeaally needs to stop talking out of his ass.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Pff honestly Crysis only had one thing going for it way back in 2007 and thats pretty much was its graphics... Set this game up right beside rage and Battlefield 3 that comes out later on followed by COD MW3 and your going to get a pretty generic slightly boring game... I'll pass thanks..

Diophage
Diophage

"We're really pleased that so many people will now be able to find out how the Crysis story began " Well, one thing is for certain. The new fans will be wondering how the story went from Crysis from Crysis 2. It's like the most odd decision story wise. It hardly makes any sense, and I've even read the comic books that are supposed to connect the story between Crysis and Crysis 2. Needless to say, don't play this for the story. It was never was that good to begin with.

Wakasenshi
Wakasenshi

I do hope they bring Warhead to consoles, i enjoyed more then Crysis

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

I was a little reluctant to buy this since I already own Crysis 1 on PC, but I'm intrigued by their decision to use the same nanosuit controls from Crysis 2. That was my main complaint with Crysis 1, switching between armor modes was always clunky and frustrating in the heat of battle, but Crysis 2 on consoles managed it perfectly. I also don't think they'll have to "dumb it down" significantly for consoles if it's running in CryEngine 3; I'm able to run Crysis 1 on near-max settings on my PC, but in my opinion Crysis 2 on 360 still looks better. The newer engine is just that good.

filmboy85
filmboy85

I have a feeling the level they removed is the zero gravity level. I don't know about anyone else, but I actually enjoyed that level. On a gameplay level it was slightly problematic, but the otherworldly atmosphere was enjoyable, and it helped with the disorientation of coming out and finding the island frozen, with the alien invasion now in full swing.