Crysis 3 isn’t even out yet, not expected for a few months – but that hasn’t stopped Crysis developer Crytek from talking about the next Crysis. Here’s the kicker though; they won;t be calling it Crysis 4, and plan on releasing something a game that does ‘radical and new’ things.
“[Crysis 3] is the end of the story of Crysis, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the franchise,” Crytek’s Cevat Yerli told Eurogamer.
"We are excited about the DNA of Crysis and of the franchise. There can be literally tonnes of titles out there within the franchise. Unlike Far Cry, this time around we feel very flexible about Crysis," said Yerli, who revealed that a fourth game is planned, but is not yet even in pre-production.
"I wouldn’t name it Crysis 4 at this stage because it would be misleading," he added. "We want to finalise Prophet’s story and Crysis 4 would imply the story just moves on.
"Normally in this time right now we would already have pre-production going on, but because we want to make this something much more radical and new we are looking at it as a bit more of a long term thing. It’s too early to talk about it for these reasons," Yerli said, ignoring the fact that he was actually just talking about it.
Now, you might think, given Crytek’s statements about the future of videogame, that it would end up being a Free to play titles – but it seems that might not quite be the case.
"The truth is much more complicated," Yerli said. "There’s a transformation period for the industry. I believe F2P is our inevitable future. I believe there are F2P titles out there that can be story-telling, co-operative with your friends and competitive with your friends. It’s all possible. The business model is independent from the way you design games. It’s a very important thing. People always make these things dependent, but it’s actually completely independent.
“The most important aspect is there is a psychological transformation of the customers and the publishers that has to happen before everything is F2P on every platform,” he said. “We are promoting these steps with other titles we’re doing right now.
“We do have a plan for a F2P version of Crysis, but how this looks and when this will be done, whether this is the next one or the next next one, is to be decided.
“But we have a very clear picture of how this will look in a transitional period where retail and free-to-play can coexist for one title.”
So wait..was that confirmation of two more Crysis games? Crysis 3 will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in February 2013.
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