Crytek Details Cancelled Game, Redemption
Written Friday, July 12, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Crytek’ has detailed its cancelled project, Redemption, describing it as a cross between The Last of Us and Crysis 2.
First revealed in 2011, and signed to EA, the game is a third-person shooter that sees players attempting to protect a ten year old girl called Jelena. It was inspired by an incident where Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli was unable to find his young niece.
Further gameplay details include, rather oddly, the ability to zoom into Jelena’s face to check if she is okay, calling out her name to find her and ordering her to hide. Ultimately, however, the game was canned partly because Jelena was so annoying that testers just wanted to shoot her.
“At that point we knew – or I knew – this [was a] project we could not pull off yet,” said Yerli. “We don’t have the technology and the capabilities here. Not just the company, but the industry as a whole.”
Of course, since the release of both The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite, Yerli can perhaps have a little more faith in the ability to deliver believable, don’t-want-to-shoot-them-in-the-face AI companions. We’re just going to gloss over the existence of Half Life 2, by the way, which did it years ago.
Indeed, Yerli is confident that the project will be returned to at some point in the future.
For more on Redemption, check out the showreel below.