Crysis 2 release date revealed

We already knew Crytek wasn't planning on getting Crysis 2 out the gates in time for Santa's next sleigh-run, but the German games dev has finally given us a solid release date for the forthcoming urban sci-fi shooter.

According to Crytek's Twitter feed, the game is lined up for release next year on 25 March in Europe, although our friends across the pond will get it a few days earlier on 21 March.

Unlike the paradise island setting of its predecessors, the Crysis sequel will see the tough-talking marines donning their Nano Suits in the urban jungle of New York.

"The city offers spectacular opportunities for vertical gameplay," claims Crytek. "The player can jump between different stories or onto buses or trucks, drop down into craters and fissures in the city's streets and leap from one building to another."

With a story penned by sci-fi writer Richard Morgan, the new game promises the "best ever" graphics, as well as support for stereoscopic 3D visuals.

Next March will also mark the first time that console owners get to try their hands at a Crysis game. Both Crysis and Crysis: Warhead were PC-exclusives, but Crysis 2 will be available for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

According to Crytek, demos of both the Xbox 360 and PC versions will be playable at Gamescom 2010, potentially enabling gamers to compare the graphics between the two platforms.