GC09; Some new CryEngine3 footage
Crysis 2 for the PS3 is going to be one of those games that will either re-invent the FPS, or fall flat on its face. Though it will surely be a pretty game, a lot depends on whether or not Crytek can match their legendary visuals with compelling gameplay and story.
After all, Crysis was a graphical powerhouse but, ask around, and you’ll find a lot of people who felt Crysis’ gameplay didn’t really live up to the visuals on display.
Crysis 2 will be powered by CryEngine 3, Crytek’s first engine designed to run on the PlayStation 3 (the “3″ part is a coincidence by the way). Check out some new demo footage of the engine in action taken by a fairly steady hand over at Gamescom.
We’re sure this very same footage will be made available in a crisp and clean format but we thought you might appreciate an early glimpse now. What we particular like about what’s on show here is the volumetric effects when interacting with water and how the environment appears to be fully destroyable. Check out what happens when you shoot a tree in half while standing in the path of the falling trunk. Not smart.
We would have liked to have seen more action but we appreciate that this is merely a “look at my beautiful polygons” show-reel of what the engine is capable of. We’re sure more CryEngine 3 and Crysis 2 details will emerge over the course of Gamescom this week, so stay tuned.
Crysis 2 has an expected release date of “sometime after 2009.”