Oopsie! The UK-based YouTube channel PlayStation Access just spilled the beans on Crysis Remastered‘s release date; it’s coming this Friday, August 21 for a fitting stealth drop. There’s currently no word on the PC or Xbox One releases as of yet.
Some gameplay footage was provided in PlayStation’s Access weekly video series on what’s coming out every week. It shows improved lighting, better textures, and increased depth of field from its 2007 counterpart.
Earlier this week, Crytek teased that the wait for the game is almost over, and the developer promised it would be worth it. It told its fan to “stand-by for further intel.”
Crysis Remastered is a retooling of the mid-2000s title that once pushed gaming PCs to their limits. This version is expected to have dynamic lighting, motion blur, new light settings, parallax occlusion mapping, particle effects, temporal anti-aliasing, SSDO, SVOGI, volumetric fog, shafts of light, software-based ray tracing, improved art assets, and screen-space reflections. Let’s take a breath; that was a lot of improvements!
The game is set in a North Korean set of islands as aliens swarm the area, and you, equipped with the insanely powerful Nanosuit, have to fight back. You can become invisible, have super speed, get kitted up with armor, or punch your way to victory. As opposed to Crysis 2 and 3, the first game is set in an open world with patrols stalking the tropical landscape.
Crysis Remastered when it released on the Switch earlier this summer did not meet expectations for critics. Cody Peterson from Screenrant wrote that the game crashed randomly at times, and the enemy AI made playing stealthily troublesome. Rhett Waselenchuk from COGConnected called it “the worst way to play Crysis,” citing “washed out textures, [..] odd, blurry characters, [and] a mediocre framerate.” On OpenCritic, only 35% of critics recommended the Switch port. The gameplay doesn’t seem to hold up as well in an age of modern Far Cry games and Borderlands. Let’s hope the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions fare better with more powerful hardware behind them.
If this does well, this could open the door for Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 to be remastered too. Crysis 2 sold over 3 million copies worldwide (via Eurogamer), so there would presumably be a lot of interest in a remaster of the game.
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