EA in Crysis mode

Megapublisher unveils first game to sprout from exclusivity deal with Far Cry developer--an all-new sci-fi shooter for the PC.

Back in 2004, Ubisoft appeared to have scored quite a coup with the release of Far Cry. The graphically rich first-person shooter was the subject of plenty of popularity and plaudits, even scoring a nomination for Best Shooter of 2004 from GameSpot editors. Ubi wasted little time in expanding the brand to the Xbox (and soon Xbox 360) and appeared to be grooming it for a long-running franchise.

Within months, though, rival publisher Electronic Arts stole the wind from Ubi's sails by signing a development deal with Crytek, Far Cry's German developer. Billed as a "strategic partnership," the agreement was to see Crytek "create an exciting new game franchise for the PC based on original intellectual property"--not a sequel to Far Cry.

Today, the two companies announced said game would be Crysis, a first-person shooter for the PC. According to a joint statement from Crytek and EA, the title will sport "a new kind of gameplay challenge requiring adaptive tactics and customization of weapons and armor in dynamic, hostile environments as mankind struggles to survive in the face of a horrific alien invasion." Far Cry won much praise for its enemies' crafty artificial intelligence and its detailed levels, which sported far-reaching draw distances.

While Crysis sounds like it could provide the sort of game-length, Earth-as-fortress action Halo 2's ad campaign promised, little else is known about the game. EA said it would use the latest version of Crytek's proprietary CryENGINE 2 game engine, but declined to provide a release window or ship date for the game.

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68 comments
Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Christ, first EA nabbed Valve and Half Life 2, now they grab Crytek, the people behind FarCry, 2nd only to, wait for it, Half Life 2. If EA go after Bungie next would you really be surprised?

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

People, open your eyes already, this IS a sequel, didn't you actually play the original Far Cry...remember the ending?? Crytek is calling it Crysis so people will make the connection (the devs call them selves Crytek because they knew their first game was going to be called Far Cry). The character you play as is named Jack, it takes place in the South Pacific...It's obviously the sequal to Far Cry with enough small changes to get out from the umbrella of Ubisoft and their ownership of the original Far Cry IP. I assume that Crytek was going to make this game for Ubi (as development is almost complete (release set to that of Vista, assuming that comes out on time), but when EA came along and offered them an uberload of money they took the deal and made some minor changes.

rl_41
rl_41

EA ha some good stuff but is known for a lot of crap aswell. still, judge a game by its quality not its publisher.

luiscarlos87
luiscarlos87

EA wants to lock up everithing waht they can...

DelphiDevil
DelphiDevil

EA just wants to put a stop to Far Cry and the possible sequal, gready bastards :P

adma3000
adma3000

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adma3000
adma3000

Ah FFS EA gotta go after every good game developer and throw thier complete crap all over it and run em down under and kill the small company, i absolutely hate EA they wanna kill off the competetion so everyone gets stuck with thier poor quality, over rated and straight boring pathetic games. RIP crytek, should''ve never signed with these backstabbing snakes !!!

eatpepsi
eatpepsi

EA is getting all the great games !

buggyman
buggyman

Too bad for Ubisoft, they are one of my favorite developers. Worse for me, since I was really hoping for a Far Cry 2 on the PC, hopefully Crytek won't let EA mess it up too much since EA in my book is the definition of mediocricy. Nothing from EA has disapppointed me, but nothing has ever wowed me either, and Far Cry was one of the few games where after you're done you feel that the last 12 hours of your life were well spent.

PutU2REM
PutU2REM

Everyone's saying, "Wow! DX10 and sparklies! It's going to be a great game!" The graphics may be great, and that's good, but we haven't heard more than breezy platitudes as far as gameplay goes. Remember "Unreal 1?" After ten minutes of neato-frito graphics, I was bored stiff. For all we know, "Crysis" might be "Unreal 1: Again."

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

far cry AI is THE best in shooters to date. i can see that some of you whiners couldn't handle it. after finishing far cry on the hardest level (i did use unlimited guns), FEAR was a bit of a breeze-a great game but i was slightly disappointed (i shouldn'tve believed the hype)

Oni
Oni

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BounceDK
BounceDK

Prepare your bandwith for path after patch after patch after patch after...

ufopuller
ufopuller

Far Cry was great. EA needs to keep it up

rodman1
rodman1

This has been known for some time now, old news. The game will use DX10 and will not be out till Vista.

SasaPisa
SasaPisa

Farcry was alright...but way overhyped. But in the future I'll be a lot more cautious buying any Crytek title based on player reviews.

cyprus646
cyprus646

"a new kind of gameplay challenge requiring adaptive tactics and customization of weapons and armor in dynamic, hostile environments as mankind struggles to survive in the face of a horrific alien invasion." wow to me that sounds alot like every fps shooter we have played for the last 8 or 9 years *cough* halo 2 *cough* half life 2 !!.

forever_blank
forever_blank

That sounds cool... I think that EA and UBI SOFT do a good job making FPS... though I have only played a bit of Far Cry. After hearing how the good Far Cry is... I wonder what the FPS on the REV will be like...

BxMxS2004
BxMxS2004

Have any of you seen the new engine? I've never seen anything that looks that good.......it's just a step away from real-life.

cat_empire
cat_empire

I sold already, IMIO FAr Cry is one of the ebst shooters of all time so anything by the same people should be good. Nice to see that they are just not doing sequals and that they are trying new things which is a rare thing these days..

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

cryisis.....sounds like the making of a great game

khamsaiumn
khamsaiumn

i've totally have given up on ea games and sports. It blows so much. There hasn't been one that's mind blowing. EA stop with the yearly games and do something that kicks ass esspecially those sports games. I mean xbox 360 of nba live 06, plays like nba live 2005. Cost more for less features. I prefer a publisher to not publish games like that. And like most people prefer developers to delay games so that they are good.

satch919
satch919

Good god, EA is just publishing it, not developing it. As far as I know, Crytek is still putting the whole game together. From what I've seen, it looks amazing and it'll be supporting the new Direct X 10 API.

hush404
hush404

Bahh, same ol! EA gets others to make great games and will steal the fame.

PutU2REM
PutU2REM

Yo, -Unreal-, publishers have the money, and they can make the developer's life very difficult if they aren't given what they want. Unless Crytek's got a bulletproof contract (ha!) EA will have say in how the game turns out.

Kracka2205
Kracka2205

What's up with the title? Are all of Crytek's games gonna have the word "cry" in them? I know they haven't made a lot of games yet, but if they start naming them like that, then It'll get really annoying! Maybe they should be a little more "CRYATIVE" with the titles! lol!!!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

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grobe
grobe

Ubisoft actually lets thier devs finish the game and do it the way they want to do it. EA on the other hand is notorious for rushed releases and mainstreamizing thier titles. Far Cry was an amazing game. I have severe doubts about this one though becuase of Ea.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Hmm... Sounds like Far Cry with even more freedom and dynamic replay value. =) I just hope they polish it a bit more than Far Cry, because the sole downfall was that the AI and recoil systems were just a tad under what they really could have been.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

EA is way too competitive. but the game will probably kick ass. remember how they bought out Criterion from acclaim and burnout 3 ended up being the best game in the series? if they hadnt been bought out Criterion the game would of sold a lot less.

j14rk1n
j14rk1n

Sounds like a let-down in the making. I trust Crytek, just because they made Far Cry and Far Cry Instincts. EA on the other hand... Well, let's hope they can work well together, and Crytek gets some creative leeway for proving they know how to make games.

treeburner
treeburner

As someone who has been playing FC mp for a dam long time, I can tell you this is good news. EA at leasts supports there game unlike UBI. Do you know how long the players were devided when they releaced the 1.2 patch that was recalled because it messed up some people's games? In conclusion crap>Ubi.

jameslantz
jameslantz

All it comes down to is that if EA makes the rush the game out like they have done to the Battlefield series. If not then it should be a fairly decent game. It's another shooter and they've already proven they can make a good fps.

santeri_15
santeri_15

All of you should see the tech video before judging the game, I think it looks very promising.

mrhankeydinks
mrhankeydinks

I'm glad to see that Crytek is back at work and can't wait to see the some screenshots and videos of the game.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

Some of you really need to stop whinging about EA. Crytek are the ones making the game, yes Crytek, the ones who made Far Cry (not Instincts). The developer of the game is what makes the game good. Sure the publisher can rush the game ahead, but that's only really if it's falling behind a LOT. I have faith in Crytek, and I'm sure they'll take their time on this project.

whatisvisceral
whatisvisceral

" According to a joint statement from Crytek and EA, the title will sport "a new kind of gameplay challenge requiring adaptive tactics and customization of weapons and armor in dynamic, hostile environments as mankind struggles to survive in the face of a horrific alien invasion." " which, translated into plain english, means the game will be exactly the same as any other sci-fi shooter you have ever played and will ever play!

Prozac360
Prozac360

This game is going to rock... even thoe its sci-fi somthing Im not all for, I can see it beeing spectacular with all the foliage that is dynamic and this game wont even have Skyboxes! volumetric clouds, DX10, normal mapping from god himself =P ok ok..... If you havent seen the video of the engine and screenshots of the game it is pretty awsome looking. Cant wait to see a demo of this game.

TheProjectedMan
TheProjectedMan

I fail to see how EA is any worse than Ubisoft. In fact, Ubisoft cranks out mission-packs-disguised-as-sequels even faster than EA. Ubisoft and EA both very rarely introduce any new IPs. And Ubisoft's even biting EA's lame pop-rap style now with 187 Ride or Die and that street basketball game they're doing.

frankeyser
frankeyser

wooooohooooo i am on the second page i so rock.... i liked far cry.

frankeyser
frankeyser

wooooohooooo i am on the second page i so rock.... i liked far cry.

Xanog1
Xanog1

Can't wait for EA to mess it up. Although, it seems as if EA might start to actually work on games again, especially after I heard what's in store for Medal of Honor: Airborne. Anyways, as of now, it's bad, but if EA proves to be good with newer games, then it's good news.

Kingofunrealuk
Kingofunrealuk

Far Cry had excellent AI, it was very hard to beat them and they used flanking techniques well. Crysis could be quite a cool game, we'll see what comes of it.

Sapaca
Sapaca

I like the idea and everything. I just don't like how the huge monster company EA which is more about flash than functionality and good gameplay snatched a great company out from under a company that would have actually let them create a really great product.