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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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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.

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