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Demo of Crysis sacrifices self to preserve retail release

All Microsoft Xbox 360 owners have September 25 marked on calendars as being the launch day of the highly anticipated first-person shooter, Halo 3. For PC-only gamers, however, that very same day was supposed to be host to the playable demo of another much awaited game, Crysis. Unfortunately, September 25 will now only play host to one of those games, as the Crysis demo will not be released.
Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crysis developer Crytek, sent a message to the media apologizing for the delay, explaining that the demo had to be delayed in order to assure the retail release target.
“We are taking some extra time to make sure you that you have an amazing experience but also we did not want to risk the release date of Crysis at this stage,” said Yerli. “To get the game into your hands by November the 16th, we had to make this call.”
As a result, the demo will be delayed a month to October 26, but will come with a couple extras for gamers. 

“The SP demo will be released with our CryEngine 2 - Sandbox 2 game editor, giving the community the opportunity to get familiar with the vast amount of tools they will have at their disposal four weeks before we ship, something we have always wanted to do," Yerli explained.
Although gamers are surely disappointed by the delay, Crytek looks to keep its promise for the shipment of the final product.

“This is an exciting time for us at the studio as the development of Crysis comes to an end and we are only a few weeks from Gold Master,” added Yerli. “We appreciate your patience and are looking forward to getting Crysis into your hands on November 16.”

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Exciting, but...
By archcommus on 9/22/2007 4:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
Crysis and its graphics are definitely exciting, but with the incredibly painful, long, and expensive development process these days, quality FPS releases are really starting to slow down, especially for PC. In my situation, I don't need to upgrade for HL2 Episode 2, but I would need to upgrade to play Crysis. However, I can hardly justify the expenses of doing so because I know of very few (maybe none) other shooters on the horizon that I'm looking forward to. Because of that I probably won't upgrade, and just end up skipping Crysis.

If someone can mention some other good releases for 2008, that would help.

RE: Exciting, but...
By Cheapshot on 9/22/2007 6:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
Slow down?!?!? After 3 years of crap we are finally getting some good ones coming out again, and you feel FPS's are slowing down?

First, I realize we all have differing opinions of the choice of shooters out there, but 2007 will be able to meet all levels.

For PCs there is no single game more FanBase anticipated than UT III. Going back to the original UT99 - fans have been playing it even up to today... it is The Game for FPS, and UT III promises to return to the same kind of gameplay that made it a smash hit.

Crysis... will no doubt be a site to see, and video cards are getting cheaper. Just give it some time.

Blacksite: Area 51 is also another game that looks amazing, and blends standard combat with a little scifi (or a lot).

Team Fortress 2 is a new take on the shooter genre that from what I hear out of the Beta testers I know, the game is immensely fun to play.

BioShock is already out, and everyone knows or should know how good the game looks and plays - as well as the many different aspects of it.

These are all 2007 releases to come... you won't even need to wait for 08.

Personally... IMO... UT III will be all the shooter you need.

RE: Exciting, but...
By JonnyDough on 9/23/2007 2:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be waiting to 2008 for StarCraft 2. Anyone else? :-)

RE: Exciting, but...
By murphyslabrat on 9/24/2007 2:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
There is a tittle that i am anticipating. And, from the way they describe it (An engine optimized for a few big guys and a lot of little guys), it is sounding like it's going to be as demanding as Supreme Commander. Then again, it would be cool if they made a "good ol' RTS" that everyone's mother's PC could run, and would still stick around for a decade.

p.s. When is StarCraft's 10th anniversary? I think that would be demanding of a commemerative LAN party.

RE: Exciting, but...
By 1078feba on 9/24/2007 10:27:58 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget CoD 4, supposed to be chock full of graphical goodness as well.

RE: Exciting, but...
By afkrotch on 9/22/2007 9:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
Slow down. Please, tell me when it was fast. It's the same now as it was before. You get about 1 - 3 quality releases each year and I haven't seen that change for years.

Also, what are you running your games at, if you think you can play HL² Ep 2 and not Crysis?

HL² Ep 2 alone has a revamped Source engine. It dumps DX8 support, throws in multi-core support, and adds in many other bells and whistles. Because of this, it's allowed Valve to increase graphics quality of the game. You'll need a better PC to run it with all options on, versus a PC that could do it for HL² Ep 1. If you can run HL² Ep 2, you can run Crysis.

I personally will be upgrading off my E6600 and 7900GTX to a Q6600 and 8800GTX, as I like to set my games up at 1680x1050 with all options (not including AA/AF options) on and my 7900GTX isn't meeting that requirement of mine anymore.

RE: Exciting, but...
By archcommus on 9/22/2007 10:09:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah there are some good shooters in 2007. Maybe it hasn't slowed much, but I just recall the days when I was younger and games like Quake 3 and MOH were king. I remember having 3-4 great shooters installed at a time. Now I struggle to find a few I'm interested in. Although, I try less now as well.

UT3 is interesting for sure, but I'm not a real big muliplayer fan. It's multiplayer only (hence "Tournament"), correct?

Also I wasn't aware that HL2 Ep2 was coming with a revamped Source engine. I can run Ep1 with all settings maxed at 1280x1024. So I imagine I would be able to run Ep2 fine at slightly reduced settings, but I still feel for Crysis I would need a whole upgrade to run it even decently.

You say you're going from an E6600 to a Q6600, are you sure that's worth it? If I was upgrading now a Q6600 is probably what I would buy as well, but I wasn't sure if enough applications (if any) would make use of four cores right now, and I wasn't sure if it'd be as fast in double-threaded and single-threaded apps as a comparably priced Exxx would be. Is it only worth it if you're going to overclock it?

RE: Exciting, but...
By dubldwn on 9/22/2007 10:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't sure if enough applications (if any) would make use of four cores right now

Apparently, Crysis takes advantage of four cores. What I really want to see is a Vista 64-bit comparo, because I guess then you get the Full Monty. First time I thought about 64-bit, really.

RE: Exciting, but...
By murphyslabrat on 9/24/2007 2:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
UT3 is interesting for sure, but I'm not a real big muliplayer fan. It's multiplayer only (hence "Tournament"), correct?

Nope, it has a single-player mode. Unfortunately, judging from UT2k4, the plot is essentially: some variation of, "okay, you're a criminal, so we're gonna toss you in a ring with a gun, and laugh our heads off while you blow the other guys away." Kinda simplistic in terms of plot, but in the level advancement works like SuperCollapse, or Bejewelled, or other cheapo puzzle games.

However, you would have to either be a rotten agoraphobe, or have no gaming friends in order to possibly not care about the multiplayer! Its multiplayer is what makes even the origional UT playable at LAN parties nowadays.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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