Crytek's Next Crysis Game Will be Radically Different, Not Called Crysis 4, Possibly Free-to-Play
Written Monday, November 12, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Crytek says it has plans for another Crysis game; a “radical” departure for the series that will not be called Crysis 4.
“[Crysis 3] is the end of the story of Crysis, but it doesn't mean it's the end of the franchise,” said Crytek boss Cevat Yerli.
“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.”
Though currently at very, very early stages - it’s yet to enter pre-production - the game Crytek is cooking up will be very different.
“I wouldn't name it Crysis 4 at this stage because it would be misleading,” he explained. “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.”
Crytek has previously gone on record to state that once it get its current slate of in-development titles out of the way, it will concentrate purely on free-to-play games.
However, Yerli is now backing away from that statement ever-so-slightly, instead positing that there will be a period of transition.
“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.”
Crysis 3 is out in February 2013.