There was a leak last week that pointed to Crysis 3 coming out next year. That's now made official with EA and Crytek announcing the sequel this morning for a 2013 launch.
For those familiar with the story in the Crysis franchise thus far, Crysis 3 should come as no surprise. Players will once again take on the role of Prophet as he heads back to New York City. The city has changed since the events of Crysis 2 though and is now encased in a nanodome called the "Liberty Dome." It's this set up that allows the game to become more environmentally diverse from the second game in the franchise as the city is now home to seven different environments featuring "overgrown tress, dense swamplands and raging rivers."
The story is set to be, once again, a minor distraction to the excellent gameplay that Crysis offers. There's something about Prophet seeking retribution against the alien forces and the humans who wish to take advantage of the chaos. In a sense, it almost feels like they're taking the concept of City 17 from Half-Life 2 and applying it to New York City. Regardless, the story should be the least of your concerns as Crysis has always been about the nanosuit and the gameplay variations it offers.
"Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love," said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. "Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we're able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game."
Like any game released these days, there is also a pre-order bonus for those want to lay down $60 on the game right now. It's called the Hunter Edition and it gives players a day one advantage in multiplayer. The advantage comes in the form of a compound bow and attachments. It also adds a new nanosuit power called the Hunter module. Those who pre-order now get some extra goodies in the form of starting at level 5 in multiplayer, a bonus custom bow skin and three unique dog tags.
While EA doesn't specify which retails are getting which packs, they also announced extra multiplayer goodie packs for those who pre-order from select retailers. These include the Stalker Pack, the Overkill Pack and the Predator pack.
The Stalker pack includes a shotgun with a silencer, a custom weapon skin and two dog tags. The Overkill pack gives you access to the Typhoon mini-gun that fires 500-rounds per second and two dog tags. The Predator pack comes with the Feline submachine gun and, once again, two dog tags. You can bet that these packs will be available from GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy like every other game these days.
Crysis 3 will be available at some point in 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC through Origin. There is no Steam release mentioned, which makes sense since Crysis 2 is not on Steam either. Until EA and Valve can work out their differences, expect none of the EA's games to show up on the world's most popular digital distribution service. Better get used to using Origin, at least it's not as bad as Games for Windows Live.
Are you excited for Crysis 3 and its marvelous CryEngine 3.4 visuals? Will you be pre-ordering for the mulitplayer bonuses? Let us know in the comments.