We recently learned that Crysis 2 will be taking the fight for humanity from a tropical island to Manhattan Island. New York City is a metropolis featured in hundreds of movies and video games, so how will Crytek differentiate itself? According to the studio's president Cevat Yerli, Crysis 2's rendition is "a New York City like none in games or cinema."
Speaking with Edge Magazine, Yerli, as well as executive producer Nathan Camarillo, described how Crysis 2's location is both familiar, yet unique.
"I Am Legend and The Day After Tomorrow were unique and both 'owned' a version of New York," explained Yerli. "Ours, likewise, is in harmony with the Nanosuit. In Crysis, we changed that island in ways the player didn't expect. Expect bigger here. It'll be a New York City like none in games or cinema."
"Destruction and scarring of the environment: they're universal themes that have been around forever. Our take will be unique," added Camarillo. "It was a large island in Crysis, but you weren't interested in every square inch. There were large expanses, funnels and action spaces, and we're doing the same with New York. It's a comparable size."
Crysis 2 will be releasing on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC later this year.
We mentioned last week that the newest issue of German magazine PCGames features the New York City-bound Crysis 2. Thankfully, someone has taken the liberty to translate the article to ye ole English, so we can take in all the Crytek hotness.
Crysis 2 takes place three years after the events of its predecessor in a war-torn New York City. The aliens have turned a large part of the world into a battlefield -- Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, London -- all devastated. Humanity is on the brink of extinction. Crytek is also taking a different narrative approach for Crysis 2. They say the sequel will have much "tighter" storytelling than the first, which they admitted was weak.
Crysis 2 will also be introducing the Nanosuit 2, offering more features, connectable modules and a new "tactics" mode. The tactics mode allows players to scan their environment for information -- weapon locations and opportunities to eavesdrop on enemies or investigate fallen soldiers.
Also, of course, Crytek is brining back the destructible environments Crysis is known for, adding more realistic physics processing.
Crysis 2 is releasing this year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, the latter of which the magazine was shown, calling it the most impressive video game on the system visually.
The latest issue of PCGames Magazine has revealed the first in-game shots of Crysis 2. Unfortunately, the mag is all in Germanish, so there's not much we can say in terms of actual gameplay. That said, if you're like us, you'll probably just want stare at the glorious screenshots. If that's the case, click here. In case you forgot, Crysis 2 takes place in the big ole concrete jungle that is New York City.
For us English speakers, PlayStation: The Official Magazine will be featuring Crytek's new game in its next issue, so until then, hang tight or get yourself a German.
Kotaku came across this incredible tech demo, which demonstrates a "structure procedural system," allowing developers to create fully open, fully explorable environments. It addresses the problem many open-world games that take place in urban environments face, the dreaded "locked door syndrome." This system, created by Crytek programmer Marco Corbetta and 3D modeler Miragoli Gianluca, dynamically generates building interiors without overtaxing memory. The environments can also be fully destructible.
With the recent news that Crysis 2 will be taking place in New York City, it would be amazing to see this kind of technology implemented in the game. And considering it was created in part by someone from Crytek, it's not so farfetched.
Crysis took place in a lush jungle environment. Last month, Crytek hinted that Crysis 2 would take place in another type of jungle. It looks like they meant a concrete jungle. PlayStation: The Official Magazine revealed on Twitter today that its next issue will feature the sequel, which is taking place in New York City.
"Aliens invading NYC? No problem! Blast their faces off with the Nanosuit 2.0," the cover (shown after the break) reads.
Crysis 2 will be releasing on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this year.
According to EA CEO John Riccitiello, The Old Republic isn't the only game likely slated for a Spring 2011 release. Gamers can expect Dead Space 2, Crysis 2 and Medal of Honor "at full margins" within the company's 2011 fiscal year. EA's fiscal year ends March 30, so when translated to normal-people speak, you get "Dead Space 2, Crysis 2 and Medal of Honor will be released before March 31, 2011."
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean these games will all have a spring release date, it just means by spring. Although Dead Space 2 isn't supposed to release until "it's ready," but I guess Spring 2011 is enough time to make that guarantee.
In the latest issue of PC Gamer Magazine, Nathan Camarillo, executive producer of Crysis 2, spilled some details on Crysis 2. Evidently, the sequel won't take place on the tropical island setting that we're familiar with in Crysis. Crysis 2 takes place in a "new style of jungle." What exactly that means, I don't know.
"We are applying our expertise to a new style of "jungle" which we will discuss more in the upcoming months, but it is definitely far from tropical," said Camarillo. "We are very excited to introduce Crysis-style sandbox gameplay to a different, yet ultimately familiar environment." Enemy AI is being completely overhauled as well. They will utilize their environment to their advantage.