It has been a couple of quiet months since Crysis was first rated for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but speculation of the game's eventual console arrival has persisted. Electronic Arts today confirmed that speculation, announcing that Crysis will indeed arrive on Microsoft's and Sony's consoles next month.
Crysis will debut as a downloadable game for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network and is both gaining and losing some traits in the process. When it arrives, Crysis will only feature the original game's single-player campaign. However, the campaign is being "remastered" for the console release with new lighting effects, optimized controls, and stereoscopic 3D support for both systems.
The campaign storyline will remain the same, with players joining an elite team of soldiers in a near-future setting where the United States and North Korea are embroiled in rising tensions. Players will be sent into hostile (but lush) territory held by North Korean forces in the South China Sea, and the situation is further complicated by the arrival of alien forces.
Rumors of a console version of Crysis started almost as soon as the game had a name. The sophomore effort from Frankfurt, Germany-based Crytek, Crysis was a technological showpiece for the studio's PC-only CryEngine 2. Since that time, Crytek has introduced CryEngine 3, which was incorporated into Crysis 2 and designed to run on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
For more on Crysis, check out GameSpot's review.