Crytek abandons PC exclusivity

Director of the German studio blames piracy for the change of heart, but confirms that Crysis will never come to consoles.

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Crysis, developed by German studio Crytek and released in late 2007, was one of the most highly praised PC-exclusive games last year. It won GameSpot's Best of 2007 Editors' Choice award for Best PC Game and a host of other gongs.

However, it seems that all is not rosy at Crytek HQ in Germany. The studio's director and founder, Cevat Yerli, recently spoke out about the problems currently besetting his firm, PC gaming in general, and how Crytek plans to address the issues it faces.

In an interview with Croatian magazine PC Play, Yerli said, "We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis. We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin... PC gamers that pirate games, inherently destroy the platform.

"Similar games on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us, and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore."

When asked if this meant that the rumours of Crysis coming to consoles were correct, Yerli simply stated that the port would be "impossible," saying that the game would have to be "largely changed to bring it to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3," and that Crytek's "internal focus is not linked to bring Crysis to consoles."

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excell_deLux
excell_deLux

i saw down in comment some sad that pc is not for gaming and is much cost...ok yes it is much money but then u got a monster who eat for breakfast all your poorly xbox360 toys,some sad pc is not for gamin,hehehe poor kid...PC is for that people higher mathematics,they cant buy a monster pc and then spit on us that we can and got pc like that...For All U Console Gamers: PC IS THE BEST GAMING SYSTEM EVER AND FOREVER AND U KNOW THAT...games for consoles are diferent than for pc...some content is out because console cant do that like pc,and when u sit down in fron of your 24inc monitor and when game starts that console people just can dream about it...PEACE PC GAMING RULES (Im not for piracy)...

-Scarab-
-Scarab-

bennae66 - If you spent over £1000 on your PC only to use it on a 17" screen then you're a cretin.

johnny27
johnny27

o.O if crysis does come to ps3 with 50% extra content that would be cool but modders on pc have made tons of single player maps that add many many hours of gameplay to the awesome game that is crysis.

Mengsk
Mengsk

Crytek, It's all about value. Have EA lower the prices of your games and focus on creating content that keeps people interested. Although I love Crysis and bought both games at full price, I will admit that I actually regret doing so. I guess what I love about the games is the innovative play engine. But aside from that, I really lost interest when I got to the point in the game where you have to fight aliens that don’t die. In both titles I stopped playing when I got to this point and never finished them. The thrill is gone and now and both games just sit on my shelf in my office. I can honestly say that I'll probably never pick them up again. Now that EA is allowing de-activation of games I’m seriously considering doing so and selling them on Ebay which means that your title will sell without you taking a cut. I typically download bootlegs to check games out and make sure I like them before I buy to avoid situations like this. If I had downloaded and played the bootleg copies of these games, I most likely wouldn't have bought them. I don’t know about everyone else but I don’t consider 50 bucks to be chump change these days. I really need to see value for the money I’m spending. The bottom line here is if you’re not making money developing these games than maybe you’re doing something wrong. Maybe you’re paying your developers too much money? The fact that developing today’s games costs as much or more than it does to film a movie in Hollywood should be a prime indicator of this. Pay your developers less and focus on creating timeless games that run on machines with minimal requirements and major replay ability. Blizzard has done this with Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft titles and to this day charge 39.99 for any of these games 10 years later. They didn’t cut corners. They didn’t compromise game quality and they made the game so it would run on just about any computer at the time. It seems to me that your problems lie within your ability to properly manage your projects and release games with word value tied to them. Provide value and watch your titles succeed. Take the arrogant Microsoft approach and have everyone upgrade their hardware to play your games and you’ll continue to suffer. I guarantee that the 500,000 people that downloaded a bootleg of your game aren’t playing it today. So don’t act like piracy is the cause of all your problems. Remember the word value. Can you say value? Think about value for 15 minutes before you go to bed at night. Value. I must give our fans value…

eBentl
eBentl

"it costs rediculous amounts of money to turn a pc into a gaming unit. my god, you cant afford games after the machine is paid for" My PC cost $860 AU new and can run Crysis on high settings with no hiccups

isaac2580
isaac2580

the future of games in general isCONSOLES...... people like CSP2009 are blind. more developers are working really hard on console games , strategy, fps, etc.... are top priority for consoles. pc gaming is dying .

CSP2009
CSP2009

I have never pirated a PC game ever I payed for all my software including Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit because I got more RAM and Windows XP media centre 32-Bit. Not one thing is pirated I own all my games. People who pirate for the PC are stupid it is easily the most powerfull out of all to play games just look at the games for one far more complex. Halo Wars shows how stupid gaming is on a console that game could not be anymore boring or less demanding on the user. And too the person saying he is going to play wipeout in 1080p at 60FPS I am off to play Burnout at 2560x1900at 60fps on my nice 32" monitor with full 7.1 surround sound. While I am doing that I can also have MSN, Windows media player and so on, on a smaller 19" lcd sat at the side. Too bad huh. Another thing A keyboard and mouse's NOT MICE are great for FPS and TPS games everything else you get a control for like driving you get a steering wheel since you don't have to buy an official $$$ one you can get a cheap one with USB and your off. PC games have short loading times, cheaper in the long run, better warranty than any console (Liftime on all my parts), better controls, nicer looking games free online and hude library of games this includes PS2 PSX NES SNES Dreamcast Xbox1 some point (few games work already) etcc.... endless can't do that on a console :) Rant over

bennae66
bennae66

pc's arent gaming platforms. keyboards are for typing. mice are for scrolling and clicking. it costs rediculous amounts of money to turn a pc into a gaming unit. my god, you cant afford games after the machine is paid for.

bennae66
bennae66

and yes i cant spell the word 'boils' in my post. that doesnt detract from my argument, however.

bennae66
bennae66

im happy to pay for games on consoles. i must admit; im more inclined to use a copied version of say; total war, which i would never pay money for but play it for free on my puter. but silent hill homecoming on 360, or wipeout on ps3 i have no qualms about shelling out for the real deal. i wonder if this makes me a bad person? for me it biols down to a couple of key issues: a console is bought, paid for, it works. you buy a top end pc to max out crysis. costs you as much as a 50" hd plasma. then next year crysis 2 comes out. your specs arent adequate anymore to use the 'highest' settings for textures, sound, draw distance. then its new graphics cards. on top of this im still playing crysis at my table, looking at a 17" screen. then i turn off the pc, go into the loungeroom and i recline on a couch, pick up a wireless controller, and play 60fps 1080p wipeout hd on a 52" lcd. and people wonder why the pc is less and less relevant for todays gaming needs. now im off to soak up some media: off the pc for gamespot forums, and onto the couch to play some real games and let experiences, sights and sounds to wash over me.

fooldog01
fooldog01

I respectfully disagree with you Gwarpup. People are far less likely to pirate console games because that requires a modchip and not only voids your warranty and is daunting to noobs but will also earn you a lifetime ban from Xbox Live. The principles of your theory are sound but just because it is easier for someone to crack a game on the Xbox doesn't mean FAR more people arent way more comfortable using pirated software on PC only.

Killer_73
Killer_73

If they lowered the prices pirating will decrease no one will have to download gigs from internet as long as he can afford it with cheap price

Andrain14
Andrain14

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Gwarpup
Gwarpup

This story is getting old. Its so much easier to pirate on XBOX than on PC. On PC a cracking group has to crack a game before they can put it online. But XBOX has no copy protection. Anyone with a Modchip, which is SOOOoo easy to get, can immediatly on release day find it online and download it. PC gamers need to wait a week or two for the game to be cracked. Searh online and you'll always see the XBOX version appear before PC. If this was their logic, theyd only be making PS3 versions which hasnt been cracked yet. XBOX is the most pirated system around, but because it has such a huge playerbase, the percentage of pirates isnt as noticeable. Oh PC pirated games cant play multiplayer online games, they cant login to the servers. But guess what? XBOX pirated games dont have that problem, because again.. there is NO copy protection. Any games that emphasize online play dont get pirated on PC, other than maybe to test them out. Anyone addicted will want to buy it and go online. Now kill the piracy BS! The main problem is just that their are so many more console gamers now than PC gamers. Thus any Developer is nuts to not port their games over to the consoles. Crysis would have been heavily pirated on XBOX too but theyd have made so much money they wouldnt have cared.

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

DJFMBEN Posted Sep 18, 2008 6:47 am PT AWESOME!!! thats why Crytek were hiring for PS3 game developers!!!whoo and I read on the PSW UK magazine that Crysis will come to PS3 with 50% Extra Content WooHoo omg Ill be waiting for this sh!t to come up... _____________________________________________________ did u not read his answer? its impossible! the PS3 is too weak man! lol.

Great_Ragnarok
Great_Ragnarok

keep the prices down and you might actually sell some. most of piracy happens due to inside jobs.

7guns
7guns

They need to protect the pc platform somehow.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i agree with jackwillkillu. If they did that i would definetely buy heaps of PC games but they just cost too much right now down here in Australia. What happened to PC Games being cheaper? EA has done a pretty sh*tty attempt at this. "Listen kids! Register your game here now and we'll give you a free cheat code!!! how awesome is that?" Thanks alot EA, its not like i could find them on any gaming site in the world.

chessboxer1
chessboxer1

PC gamers who pirate games are scum. They ruin it for everyone else.

chessboxer1
chessboxer1

PC gamers who pirate games are scum. They ruin it for everyone else.

DJFMBEN
DJFMBEN

OMG people the fact that we , the console gamers bu games is becuz we f*ckng Have to!!!! but u know if u did just admit to pirating crysis then think about the company and the people who work there they deserve it (ur money) for theyr work i mean what would u think after making a game 2 years and know that 40% of the people who play it pirated it?and u didnt earn anything from it...

DJFMBEN
DJFMBEN

AWESOME!!! thats why Crytek were hiring for PS3 game developers!!!whoo and I read on the PSW UK magazine that Crysis will come to PS3 with 50% Extra Content WooHoo omg Ill be waiting for this sh!t to come up...

Link5863
Link5863

If you ask me, they were asking for this the moment they released the game. People pirated it cause it was designed for the main part to be an eye candy hardware hog game and people knew they probably wouldn't be able to run it correctly on their machines anyway so why pay for it? They only sold 87,000 copies, serves them right.

Pjotrmihailovic
Pjotrmihailovic

@jackwillkillu That's your preference. Personally I'm more than fine with 30-45 FPS.

jackwillkillu
jackwillkillu

"Maxed out" doesn't count unless it can run at 60fps+ at 1920x1080@60Hz. Come on are you telling me you can comfortably play any game on 30-45fps. The 280 cards weren't out when the game came out ,so if they can't make it work right with the best hardware of the time, they need to suck it up and stop crying when they have a less than loyal fanbase. (I realize this post is a little late but I couldn't resist)

SSS383
SSS383

Just for anyone who would like to know a general build that can run Crysis maxed at 1680 x 1050 in DX-10. I just built the system below and it can max it out fine. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 GFX: EVGA GeForce GTX 280 SSC edition (Single, not SLI) OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit MOBO: ASUS Rampage Formula (Intel X-48 Chipset) CPU Cooler: ASUS Arctic Square heatsink/fan Case Cooling: 120mm Aerocool Xtreme Turbine x 5 RAM: 4 GB of DDR2 OCZ Reaper 1600 Note: Nothing is overclocked except for the EVGA superclocking on the video card. My lowest framerates are around 28 FPS or so, on average its around 40-45 FPS. My entire build cost about $1850 USD, and it was a full build, with all new items, including new PC case. Hope this helps ppl wanting to build a system that can run the game well.

Donnyp
Donnyp

Wow. Good idea jackwillkillu. I like that. I understand where they're coming from and all but theres NO WAY my comp could even play Crysis. Thats why i wanted to wait for the rumors of it coming to PS3 to be true. Sorry Consoles. I dont gots the moneys to buy a comp that can run Crysis. Maybe when im 40 i can take out a second and 3rd mortage and maybe aford a comp that can run it on Medium Resolution lol.

jackwillkillu
jackwillkillu

Who wouldn't download a $50 game for free if they could. I'm a gamer - meaning I like to play games. I'm not some rich fanboy with money coming out of my butt. If publishers want to sell games on the PC how about giving customers incentives like exclusive weapons if you register or the expansion pack free or discounted if you register. Come on, the last thing we need is more anti-piracy laws and enforcement. Fear and punishment is no way to attract business. The people that download are fans too. If the deal was sweetened for a purchase publishers could take their money as well.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

The general idea that you guys seem to possess that crysis plays like crap with great hardware is surprising to me. Im running all settings maxed dx10 with a duel core 3.0ghz 2gb of RAM and a 8800gtx....what the hell are you guys talking about? For a high end machine this game is amazingly optimized....anyway this game deserves better than piracy.

nopenoway0
nopenoway0

Farkenal your a *insert explicit content here* idiot. Stop trying to reason that buy you pirating you are actually helping the gaming (in this case video) industry. Pirating is illegal. It also doesn't help sales. And RonHack, pirating Xbox and the wii and ps3 is harder. For two reason actually: a) most of the people that lots of people that have those consoles are **** when it comes to flashing etc. b) On xbox, don't know about the others, if you are caught online with a flashed drive then your xbox has the possibility of becoming bricked. The only solution to lower pirating level is to step up, law wise. Sites should be fined, people fined/arrested. As is now, you could pretty much walk up to a police officer and show him a pirated disc. Chances are he might be doing it as well. No matter what protection discs have it will always be hacked. Humans aren't perfect, neither is software. There will always be loopholes/ ways to hack it.

RonHack
RonHack

Do keep in mind, piracy isn't contained within one or two platforms. Pirated software for XBOX360, Wii, and PS3 are all over the Internet, often exceeding what's available on the PC end. And anyone who believes that the "anti-piracy features" in consoles will prevent this software from running, is deluding themselves. Anti-piracy makers always claim that their technology frustrates pirates, yet the only people that get frustrated by it are everyone else! Why else are cracks/no-disk solutions so readily available? Hollywood has, unfortunately, got this right: the only way to stop piracy is to make products that no-one would WANT to pirate! Looks like Crytek is going to have to learn this lesson the hard way.

hsl77
hsl77

Nice one Sonphil. It's amazing really - why these guys released a game that by the time everyone can play it properly will be old! Everyone buys games in advance of buying future PCs! Piracy isn't that bad (unlike for the Amiga) otherwise no one would bother making PC games. To say an Xbox 360 or PS3 couldn't run this game at full speed on the lowest settings at least is stupid. A console doesn't have to run Vista/XP and stuff so could do it easy. Some of the graphics cards that could run this ok are poo!

ulkas
ulkas

"PC gamers that pirate games, inherently destroy the platform" PCs are losing out to consoles anyway, so that's sad news indeed. A future "all in" solution to this would be to only sell PC software via purchased downloads, similar to Steam. Then piracy would be close to impossible, unless the hackers would hack that as well. Much harder though, as the service could always check your rights to the software. The game would simply not work if there is no Internet connection.

Sonphil
Sonphil

Yes, Crysis graphics take some serious hardware to play them on, Check out maxishine on youtube, The guy goes far beyond PC gaming buy testing Tri SLi GTX280 and Quad Crossfire and it has to take that much harrdware to run it, I guess we have to wait until the end of the year to see a single card play the game maxout, Remember Doom 3 it was the same exact thing you need extreme hardware to play it ultra . Now Our hardware can max it out beyond 100FPS . Thats crazy. Crytek has a serious point piracy is hurting pc gaming. We cannot get Madden or Even Live with next gen . Thanks to pirates, What the hell happen to baseball, I'm still playing MVP2005 and its still the best, I want Next gen baseball Like 2k and MLB . Curse you all pirates.RRRR!!!!!! Oh I forgot Crysis do get boring with the Aliens ,fake matrix looking aliens, All I wish is for shooters to keep it all human.Crysis forest scene with waterfalls and Korean soldiers cursing you as they ambush you is the greatest scene in the world, Thats what I like anyone else.

hsl77
hsl77

Surely there are PCs available now that can run this game proper? A Quad Core with 2 GeForce 9600GTs for example? Those cards ain't that expensive. Maybe Gamespot can do a feature on exactly what's needed to run this game full throttle?

ldavidtw2000
ldavidtw2000

Until a $199 graphics card can play it on all high, ennnk.

aidanjt
aidanjt

Only an idiot would assume the difference in sales figures has anything to do with piracy. Fact is, Crysis plays crap even with bleeding edge hardware, no, it's more like bleeding over my shoes, nobody has a machine capable of running it on a 24" monitor. This, coupled with competition from the, frankly far larger console industry is the true cause. If they think consoles are immune to piracy, think again.

Cryser-Skyper
Cryser-Skyper

Even if the "pirates" are stealing the game,they won't get the best of it..Like Crysis - people who have bought the game with an original cd-key can play online in every server,but those who are getting them from some sites or other stuff can't find an original cd-key that easily and they just have to play the single-player.

tropicaldude
tropicaldude

I would say that people that are practicing piracy are killing the market. They don't get resources for their investments and what happens is that they dont have a high capital to invest on newer engins and reserch, which means that we are directly affected with some poor and cheap games. Consoles are not, as they were before revolutionary, since they are nowadays based a lot more on computer hardware they get old a lot faster since there is no option to upgrade it. People should be conscious that by practicing piracy they are stealing from the ones that produce their product. And by the way, if everyone started buing games again the industry could push prices down since the demand is bigger and then they are able to practice a agressive economy of scale. as we see, crytec which probably done the most amazing engine ever is gona quit doing pc exclusives, what means they have to bring down graphical and engine performance to the console level.

Philip123456
Philip123456

So you "for Piracy" people think that high prices gives you the right to steal? You must be stealing gas and food now since those have gotten quite expensive as well nowadays. Games take a lot of time to make and cost a lot to make. Even if they sold games for $30 a lot of piracy people would do what they do now and think they just saved $30 bucks, so lower prices would not double there sales like some of you claim.

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

Crysis was such a let down,I brought a new PC for this,STALKER and Medieval 2 and CRYSIS was by far the worse out of the bunch,the first few levels with people I admit are awesome but as soon as the aliens come into it it goes downhill very fast.I'd go as far as to ssay the aliens on CRYSIS ruin the game more than the apes and mutants on FARCRY,and they said they learned there lesson from that HA

MChief8
MChief8

piracy is a huge circle jerk. gaming industry claims that games are more expensive to afford anti-pirate-software yet because the games are more expensive less people can afford them and therefore pirate, in turn raises the prices and increases piracy margins.

farkenal
farkenal

I dont know why people seem to have such a hatred for pirates, in fact I think you should be thanking them. Didnt anyone make the connection here in Australia that when the amount of DVDs being downloaded off the internet was at its peak, that new DVD costs in stores dropped from $35 US per movie down to the current level of $25 US. If it wasnt possible to pirate movies than we would probably now be paying $50 US per movie. To buy any decent PC game in Australia it will cost you $90 US minimum (and it will not drop in price for at least 5 months!). Just like DVD movies initially, if the costs for games were not as over priced as what they currently are, then people wouldnt go to the hassle and use up all of their expensive bandwidth to download a game that they would then have to jump through hoops to get working and still not be able to play multiplayer. In saying that, if they dropped their sale price by an appropriate 30% then theyd easily sell 100% more copies. In addition there will always be scum out there who will still pirate any game, though I do feel a little sympathy towards them after myself spending a lot of money on over priced games that are very incomplete, and receive no further support/patching for their loyal customers once they've paid up. And remember that they intently make games that we all want to play, and if that if there was no alternative (like pirating), then they'd make us pay through the nose with even more exhorbant costs to what we are paying now.

musicaz70
musicaz70

Ahhh Crysis, what a beatiful failure.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Jackpot post Renegade. Friggin Jackpot. If games were the same price as dvd movies, they would see twice the profit they see now. I don't thing the game companies are responsible for the prices. It's these shops that we're buying it from along with those corporate criminal warehouses it ships to. There are middle men that need to be sacked and bashed to death for they are the ones responsible for ripping off the gamers out there. Until this happens, piracy will remain dominant and it will get worse. And so it bloody well SHOULD.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I love all the brainless arguments justifying piracy. Oh, it's too expensive so I'll just steal it. Never mind that it takes a gpu and computer that costs hundreds of dollars to run this game or that you need to pay a monthly fee for broadband access to pirate. Yeah, so gasoline today is too expensive so I guess I'll go steal some too. This is all about morality and ethics which seems to be lacking in society.

Renegade2126
Renegade2126

To all those people and gameing companies out there. Did you, (probably not) ever think that when you complained about piracy, that it might have something to do with your pricing of games? Think about it for a minute, how many people in todays world, can afford to go out and spend 50 to 70 dollars for a game? Especially if you have 3kids that want all the newest and best games, and alot of the times, get stuck with a 50 dollar coster. Thats right, the main games that come out, and sale for 50 to 70 dollars, aint worth the plastic they where made on. But yet the game companys hollar about profits. Just think of it this way, if you could make a game that is good, and sale it for a decent price, say 20 to 30 dollars. People would be more apt to buy it then, instead of piracy. But the average person can not afford your prices for games. But isnt it the buyer that keeps you in business? When are you going to stop complaning about profits and piracy, and start thinking of the average person? Arent we the ones that keep you in business? Where would you be without the true gamer? To some this up, lower prices, less piracy. Cause if people want it, and cant afford it, they will go elswhere to get it. Think about all this, the next time you slap a rediculess price on a game. Cheaper the game, they more copies you sale

GlobalHazard
GlobalHazard

Darkestrah, you're just mad you don't have a computer that can run this game!

Darkestrah
Darkestrah

come on !!! no console version ? FU crytek go to hell.

pinkyfull
pinkyfull

I hate how pirating is killing such great devs like crytek i mean i just waited until i could bag myself crysis special edition for NZ$50 ;)