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EA and Crytek announce Crysis Warhead, Parallel story to Crysis

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320w ago - EA and Crytek today announced Crysis Warhead, the Parallel story to Crysis. Shipping exclusively for the PC this fall, Crysis Warhead is the first title to be developed at Crytek's Budapest studio, and is built on a new, enhanced and optimized version of Crytek's CryENGINE 2 technology.

Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek. "That being said, one of the key principles of our studio is to always raise the bar. With Warhead, we are focusing on refining our storytelling and game performance, while also delivering more of the visually stunning graphics and immersive, free-roaming gameplay everyone loved in Crysis."

"The best result of a partnership that we can ask for in the EA Partners program is when a world class independent studio like Crytek chooses to continue to work with us," said David DeMartini, Vice President and Global General Manager, EA Partners.

"Crysis was an amazing game and is going to be a blockbuster franchise. We could not be more excited to be working with Crytek to launch another hit with Crysis Warhead this year."

In Crysis Warhead, players will don the Nanosuit of Sergeant Sykes, also known as 'Psycho', one of the most memorable characters from Crysis. More brash and aggressive than his Delta Force squadmate Nomad, players...
 

New Texture Mod for Crysis - Crysis 2 to look like that?

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322w ago - At Crymod some pictures from an intended inofficial Crysis texture mod were published.

On the left side, you see the normal version of Crysis, on the right side the texture enhancements. The new textures show increased color saturation and an improved contrast.

Moreover, there are additional details to be seen, like structures of the floor or walls. Crytek themselves are working on an official texture update, which is scheduled for this year.

Check at the link up top for more screenshot on the alt and the new!
 

Crytek to Premier CryEngine 2 on the PS3 At GDC 2008

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338w ago - Frankfurt-based developer Crytek (Far Cry, Crysis) has announced that it will be making the debut of a cross-platform version of its CryEngine 2 at this year's GDC, with a demonstration version running on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Crytek first debuted CryEngine 2 technology at the 2007 GDC, later releasing Crysis with Electronic Arts, the first title to utilize the engine. This year, Crytek is taking appointments to see the console versions of the engine.

Crytek will also be doing public demonstrations showing how its notoriously spec-heavy technology can be run on "a budget PC which can be put together for around 600 dollars complete, including keyboard and mouse," as well as demonstrations with licensees, including architectural and serious games companies.

The company notes that anyone wishing to make an appointment for a cross platform demonstration can do so by emailing gdc2008@crytek.com with details of their own company, or by visiting the developer's GDC show floor booth.
 

Play Crysis At Ludicrous Quality, Watch Your PC Cry

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339w ago - If you think your PC has the balls to run Crysis at its very highest settings, then there's a small article over at Planet Crysis that you should read.

Okay, when I say "very highest", I'm not talking about moving all the in-game sliders to the far right. To see what pain Crytek's shooter is truly capable of dishing out on your humble PC, you'll need to dive into the game's configuration files and tweak a few settings.

The Planet Crysis article has everything you need to know, but if you're not as well endowed in the sack department as your machine is, there's a download of the altered files available from Crymod.

You may have seen similar settings floating around the Internet; these are the most up-to-date.

If you haven't already, you might want to tweak Crysis first to get it running at its best performance-wise, or if you're running Windows XP, enable those lauded Direct3D 10 "Vista-only" features

Ultra High Quality Custom Config here!
 

CryENGINE2's monstruous power: maps 458 times bigger than Earth's surface

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340w ago - Yeah, we all know how truly amazing Crytek's engine is and how tormenting it becomes even for Quad Cores and 8800 Ultras, but just wait till you see what huge maps this baby can render!

When Crytek said that Crysis is "future proof" they really meant what they said... And if you ever wondered why your insanely high-end computer kneels and bows before the 1+ million lines of code, 1GB of textures and 85,000 shaders that the game currently packs, well just read this: the absolute maximum size of a map in Crysis can reach the mind-boggling value of 68,719,476,736 square kilometers!!!!!

Yeah, that's more than 68.7 billion... And you know what? Earth's entire surface "barely" reaches 150,000,000 square kilometers, so with Crytek's SandBox editor one can theoretically create a map approximately 458 times bigger than the area of Earth...

That means that if you want to have like... our planet's entire population playing Crysis simultaneously on multiplayer, a single player would have to walk around 10 square kilometers to meet its next opponent on that huge map...

Now THAT is what I call future proof... But I just wonder, what kind of super-computer, super-server-cluster monstrosity would render even half of that huge map?...
 
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