Crytek planning free-to-play Crysis

Studio CEO Cevat Yerli reveals company has plans for possible free-to-play/retail hybrid; next Crysis won't be called Crysis 4.

Crysis 3 is not yet out the door, but that is not keeping Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli from opening up on the franchise's future. Speaking to Eurogamer, Yerli revealed that the company has "radical" plans for the series, which includes development of a free-to-play Crysis and a Crysis 3 sequel that will not be called Crysis 4.

"It's the end of the story of Crysis, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the franchise," Yerli said. "It's the end of Prophet's story. Prophet started the journey in Crysis 1 with Psycho and Jester and others, and we're bringing those buddies together in Crysis 3 to finish up the story and effectively make sense out of the trilogy. But obviously the DNA of Crysis and the franchise, we are very excited about it and we think there can be literally tons of titles out there within the franchise. Unlike Far Cry, this time around we feel very flexible about Crysis."

Asked outright if Crytek will make Crysis 4, Yerli said he would not call it that because doing so would insinuate that Prophet's story would move on, and this is not planned to be the case. Whatever the case, a Crysis 3 follow-up is not coming for some time.

"Because we want to make this something much more radical and new we are looking at it as a bit more of a long-term thing," Yerli said. "It's too early to talk about it for these reasons."

Crytek has been outspoken regarding its admiration for free-to-play games. The company is currently developing the free-to-play shooter Warface and has previously stated all of its upcoming games (after Crysis 3 and Homefront 2) will be free-to-play. This includes a new Crysis game that could be a retail/free-to-play hybrid.

"We do have a plan for a [free-to-play] version of Crysis, but how this looks and when this will be done, whether this is the next one or the other next one, is to be decided," he said. "But we have a very clear picture of how this will look and how a transitional period where retail and free-to-play can coexist for one title."

Crysis 3 is due out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC during February 2013. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Wow, Crytek is towing the EA company line like a good fascist would.... Sorry crytek, ever since I had to call EA to get permission to install the original Crysis a 6th time (i own it on steam, should NOT have had to do that) you will NOT be getting another penny from me.... especially for a crummy pay to win game.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Just make a kick-ass game worth my $$$ and ill get it!

 

Simples!

 

Please dump the stupid Pay to Win mindset!

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

The only Free-to-Play type of game I would consider playing would have to use the same system as League of Legends, you're never forced to buy anything to enjoy the game and no advantages are given to paying players, only cosmetics.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

So I guess no one is paying attention to what is happening to Zynga? Free to play is not the future nor is it a solution for anything.

pidow
pidow

Crysis series has always been very good games, I personally do not see why everyone is or either going or thinking about going to "Free-to-play and than charge you for progression.  I personally will not be paying extra for any game(s) DLCs or charge you later suckers add-ons.  Put the material into the game, make it longer, better and your fat pockets will follow.

Zonno
Zonno

Wasn't this news a few months ago? I can recall this article.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

When Crysis came out, people where saying it was made just to show off new graphics. A few years later, people are now saying it was an amazing game. What happened to this generation?!?! 

blackjoker86
blackjoker86

hmmm need for speed already did it (bust) cant beat the paying cars, call of duty is doing it (bust), elder scrolls is doing it (!@?&%), now there doing it great (bust)

leeko_link
leeko_link

So they are planning to make a Crysis: Give Us All Your Money Edition? Not gonna happen Crytek. If 4 ain't coming, I ain't buying no more.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Crytek planning best way to get as much money from customers as possible for their once great game.

ddg4005
ddg4005

It sounds like free-to-play is another buzzphrase floated by industry hawks that are out of ideas for making good games.  I remember when Onlive was first announced a few years ago and some people thought it would transform gaming as we know it.  I always thought it was a flash in the pan that would eventually fizzle, which it did.  It will be the same with free-to-play as well.

 

Gamers just want good games with engaging storylines, lengthy singleplayer campaigns and complimentary multiplayer.  Is that so hard for developers to get?

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

Crytek continues searching for new ways to piss off they're customers.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

It will be canned the instant warface (can't remember what they renamed it) fails hard, free 2 play only works for casual games, or games with insane established fanbases like Team Fortress 2, or dying MMO's.  This is a bad idea

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

indeed there will be crypoints as the emperor has foreseen. 

 

since this is EA, expect:

 

nanosuit use limited to just armor. rest of abilities can only be rented for a limited time, including night vision and infra-red vision

 

weapons are only for rent and the mods cost extra money in addition to the weapons cost

 

more effective bullet types to paying users

 

generally expect a lot of pay to win a crytek's F2P

 

no thats not just me, its just EA.

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

Uh-Oh free to play......that usually means $hitty visuals and that micro transactions crap....*sigh*

barleybosh
barleybosh

I could barely play Crysis 2 because the story, pace and acting was so bad. It was F***ing Crap.

onixevil
onixevil

"Unlike Far Cry, this time around we feel very flexible about Crysis."

Wow . For this sentence that he said , Keven will put a bad review on this game .

I smell it like this .Cause he always put his eyes on a game that we put all our hop on it .

toshineon
toshineon

Damn, I knew that Crytek was intimately involved with EA, but not that they whored out this bad.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Sounds like none of you guys have played any recent or modern F2P games. Blacklight Retribution is far from Pay To Win

Takeno456
Takeno456

FTP is a joke. Its all pay to win with that kind of marketing scheme. You still pay because nothing is free. I do not want to play a level and then have some shitty prompt box appear asking me to deposit $4 or something to play the next level. Call me old fashioned if you like but I still like my retail, physical game over any of this free/digital crud.

sortajan
sortajan

if free to play plans start creeping into single-player games then i'm going to quit gaming and take up competitive whittling

Marky360
Marky360

I'm still on the fence on weather I should pre-order Crysis 3 or GTAV. After playing Crysis 2 on PS3 I was very impressed it's a very solid game with a great campaign. With EA announcing I get Crysis 1 free with a pre-order for Crysis 3 that makes me want it even more but on the other hand there's the big elephant in the room GRAND THEFT AUTO!!!! I love GTA and the open world sandbox genre in general but GTAIV was a major let down and if GTAV turns out to be anything like IV I'll be totally blown. AH I can't make up my mind.

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

A benchmark originally PC exclusive FPS now turned free to play like some cheesy korean MMO? That's the nail in the coffin for this franchise... Grim hopes for the gaming industry these days.

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

They should go back to the games roots.

aryeec
aryeec

If it plays like Crisis ONE, I will be interested. Until then...

dav2693
dav2693

Sad to see what Crysis has become.

MfKiNg360
MfKiNg360

still dont get the fuss of F2P it costs about $60-80 to unlock everything any way which is more or less the price of a game it self, in aussie land

PC-RUL3S
PC-RUL3S

Well I sure as hell won't be playing any P2W crap!

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

It'd be cool if Crytek did something other then shooters and tech-demos. They seem very sure of their future, which would be cool if not for the fact that EA owns them.

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

 

And the Crytek douchiness continues. Thank you for reminding me of why I will not be buying Crysis 3.

iamrob7
iamrob7

Mother of god, can someone roll a grenade into EA's boardroom before it's too late, preferably whilst it is occupied.  Apparently losing $400 million in the last quarter wasn't enough for EA to have a seriously think about the direction they are taking.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Personally I'd rather have the return of Timesplitters but not under a free 2 play model...

Sndewey
Sndewey

it would be cool to make us pay for single player and have F2P multiplayer. $15 for a single player campain. (Perhaps more than one,) To the people at crytek, dont do what EA is doing, dont keep making crisis games just because you think it a easy sale its a great series but you cant make it last forever find a stoping point and make a new IP. Get you independence back.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

was in crysis3 alpha, it is no question that this game will nail down the grahic god throne for many years to come. 

 

unfortunately, crysis3 will be the last quality crysis game crytek ever made, thanks to all meathead internet hating zombies..... 

 

 

 

vader501st
vader501st

BS, Crytek. Wrap up Crysis' story with some dignity and show us what happened to Nomad and Psycho, already. Going free to play with the behemoth of an engine that is CryEngine 3 is just plain pointless.

wexorian
wexorian

ppl don't want even micro transictions, neither they want to pay 40-60$ ..... whinners stop that :D

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

Pay 10 bucks to use a submachine gun! LETS gOOOOO!

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Seems that EA has brainwashed yet another developer. Sad to say that we may see Crytek end up in the same shallow grave that EA buried Bullfrog, Pandemic, Bioware, and other great studios in someday.

Vari3ty
Vari3ty

A retail/free-to-play hybrid? What the hell does that mean? Am I supposed to pay the $60 retail price and then still have to deal with a free-to-play model? If that's the case, Crytek can forget about getting anything from me. I'm tired of these anti-consumer policies that are driving this industry into the ground. 

quebec946
quebec946

free 2 play = free 2 bait............well for most.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Or... they could work on TimeSplitters 4.

yeah_28
yeah_28

Not much of a loss, Crysis 2 was terrible anyway, Crysis 3 is probably going in the same direction.

myungish
myungish

I don't really care since Crysis 2 turned me off Crytek and the series, but it's laughable to see EA have a crush on pay 2 win. I can't wait to see it crash and burn.

Spacemancer
Spacemancer

IT'S THE END OF PROPHETS JOURNEY? DAFUQ IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE ABOUT NOMAD, I CARED ABOUT NOMAD MORE THAN PROPHET IN THE FIRST GAME.

 

I'm sorry but the story of the Crysis franchise crashed in the sequel, I doubt the third will improve it at all but maybe it will. The story in the original was so good but they changed too much in the second to where they would have to make 5 games to bridge how big of a gap they made.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

Hopefully it will be nothing like how battlefield heroes operates. 

jayjay444
jayjay444

i can see Crytek going where my Crysis 2 went, down the toilet. 

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Keep retail, retail. If you wish to release a free-2-play title separate, it's perfectly fine, but please, REFRAIN from using microtransaction on your retail games.

codeman101360
codeman101360

"Crytek has been outspoken regarding its admiration for free-to-play games."

 

You spelled "Electronic Arts" wrong.