Despite opening its arms to the console market, Crytek claims that the graphics in its forthcoming graphical showcase Crytek 2 will be the “best you’ve ever seen.”
The claim was made by Crtyek’s executive producer Nathan Camarillo in a conversation with PSM3 magazine, although you can also find the gist of the interview over at CVG.
After seeing Crysis and Crysis Warhead, no one can doubt Crytek’s expertise when it comes to graphical realism, but the claim still comes as a surprise because many PC gamers expected Crysis 2 to cut out some of the eye candy found in the original Crysis games.
Back in late 2007, Crysis quickly gained a reputation for grinding even top-end PC hardware into a stuttering wreck, and even today’s top-end graphics cards still can’t play Crysis at playable frame rates at the top settings at 2,560 x 1,600.
Not only that, but the original was a PC exclusive, and Crytek has now embraced the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well. Although they have adequate power where it counts, the PS3 and Xbox 360 are both based on weedy graphics chips compared to those found in a current PC. It’s going to be a struggle for Crytek to improve on the graphics in Crysis while also maintaining console-friendly frame rates. We’d imagine that these “best ever” graphics are only going to be seen on the PC version.
The guys at Crytek may well have tightened up their code in the last couple of years, but bettering the graphics in Crysis on a machine with a GeForce 7-series GPU is bordering on the ridiculous.
Camarillo admitted as much, saying "we know [developing for PS3] is a big challenge, but we're happy to accept it," Either way, it’s still good news for PC gamers, as Crysis 2 will make good use of the latest graphics hardware if it really does have the best graphics ever.
Camarillo was also keen to point out that Crysis 2 isn’t all about graphics. Although the graphics in Crysis blew everybody away at the time, the game was criticised for its lack of a story, as well as only lasting a few hours. Camarillo says that Crytek has now learned its lesson here, though.
"The most important thing that Crysis taught us as a developer is that, while cinematic graphics and convincing gameplay will get you a lot of press and build strong interest before release - you shouldn't count on that exclusively," he said.
Crysis 2 is set in New York City, rather than the “paradise island” settings of Crysis, and its predecessor Far Cry. As you can see, the screenshots look great so far, and it will be interesting to see how consoles such as the PlayStation 3 handle what’s likely to be a very demanding game.