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Crytek Details Cancelled Game, Redemption
Written Friday, July 12, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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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.

[via Polygon]


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Comment #1 by VirtualShakey
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 03:52:50 AM
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"Ultimately, however, the game was canned partly because Jelena was so annoying that testers just wanted to shoot her."

Whoa! Was she really that annoying?

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Comment #2 by winkeh
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 03:54:54 AM
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AI companions are starting to be portrayed really well in games nowadays.

Gone are the days of Natalya in Goldeneye *Shivers*

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Comment #3 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 03:59:42 AM
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Sounds like a bit of a dodgy combination of games to be honest, would the infected even pose a threat t all to someone in a nano-suit?

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Comment #4 by BASSfiend23
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:12:51 AM
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it sort of reminds me of Resident Evil 4 and onwards, with the AI partner being so annoying that i just want to shoot them in the face!!! >:|

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Comment #7 by cheevo360
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:22:21 AM
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#1 Yeah. They could remove that character not whole game if they think she is annoyed so they could put new character and improves on characters that not annoying like Jelena.

I watched video trailer and graphics look nice as well some look so interests in some areas they show in video.

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Comment #9 by Throrin
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:49:19 AM
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Yeah right! They cancelled a game that they never intended to publish. They only made another Tech Demo reel to try to sell their game engine. This is all they do in the last years. So lazy to do anything good.
Check Crysis 3 ... other that beautiful graphics on PC (because on consoles are just medium)it is a Bad Game.
For me after the first Far Cry they made (and maybe the first Crysis) i consider them dead. They are unable to make a good and fun to play game. They only make crap games for the purpose to show the engine capabilities in graphics. (Tech Demos) ...
With all these said .. i am not sorry at all they cancelled this game because probably they would have messed up a nice idea.
I hope one day they wake up and start doing good and fun to play games.

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Comment #10 by Sanchezz4387
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 04:54:08 AM
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i love how good old yeli pipes up after a successful game launches "the last of us" then tells us hes binned a project that was like said sucessful game, to no doubt hope we all go "noooooooooooo please make that game if its like the last of us with crysis graphics it would be epic"!.......the guy is a joke, and so is crytek, good graphics is all they have, go away and make your f2p games for iphones you dick head

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Comment #11 by Snowed
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:04:17 AM
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@9 The multiplayer in Crysis 3 was pretty bad but I actually liked the single player a lot. It was fun and it felt good.

Oh, and Half Life 2 absolutely did not have good AI companions. Anyone who argues that is completely blinded by hype/rose-tinted glasses. Yeah maybe it was good at the time, but by modern standards it's pretty awful. I played it for the first time since release earlier this year and every time I got a companion it was a miserable experience (other than the robot that destroys everything).

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Comment #12 by thenewpeter
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:14:00 AM
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@11, what'll be meant is Half Life 2 did it to a degree that worked, and since then it's gotten better (various games, others not so much). Crytek just used a poor excuse to cancel the game because they couldn't do the job others have already done.
I wonder how much money Crytek wasted on this, that could of been spent on something their few remaining fans want, Time Splitters 4! It's so sad to see a developer has so little of a clue what they're doing in relation to what their fans want...
Never mind the attempt at getting attention 'Oh, thats a good game, yeh, we where making something like that, but its just not possible for us to do, despite it being done before'.

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Comment #13 by MustaPastori
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:35:51 AM
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Well I did want to shoot Elizabeth in BI. She just looks so goddamn retarded I thought I'd be doing her a favor.

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Comment #14 by deluxnugs
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:46:38 AM
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@ 9 thats all Epic has done since the release of Gears of War 2.

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Comment #15 by deluxnugs
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:50:34 AM
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@13 me to. i didnt think she was that great. always tossing me stuff i dont need in the middle of fights and the "ability" to open tears for turrets and ammo was super lame and far below my expectations of what was supposed to be included in the game.

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Comment #16 by Roose91
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:07:30 AM
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Looks more like Alan Wake meets S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to me. Also that music, please make it stop.

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Comment #17 by RDrules
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:10:31 AM
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whats with all the companies showing off games that they canned at the moment....

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Comment #18 by coomzy
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 07:43:53 AM
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When I saw Crytek and cancelled game I thought NOOOOO Timesplitters isn't going to happen but hopefully it will one day.

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Comment #19 by Original
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 09:22:18 AM
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@18 I'd rather have them not screw up the franchise to be honest, I'm patiently awaiting Timesplitters Rewind coming out later this year.

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Comment #20 by dementedlullaby
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 09:51:01 AM
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"I can't make good AI so I'll blame it on the current technology."

Like really? This guy is up there with CliffyB.

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Comment #21 by McDurbin
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:15:25 AM
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@20, I know, right? People managed to make good AI in The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite. So I call BS on that.

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Comment #22 by McDurbin
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:16:29 AM
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Also, to the author of this article. You do realize you have RYSE listed as the game this article relates to, right?

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Comment #23 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 12:47:48 PM
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Yerli smells.

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Comment #24 by Nevander
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 03:45:46 PM
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Another good game getting canned. First Backspace, now this. Instead we get a game full of QTEs and a stupid South Park game. Good job world.

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Comment #25 by singhellotaku617
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 05:03:55 PM
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Ahh Natayla, from the good old days when you could (and usually would) shoot your AI companions in the face.

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Comment #26 by AnnieJernigan
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 06:51:48 PM
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like Ryan said I’m taken by surprise that anybody can earn ($)7635 in one month on the internet. have you read this site link… can99.ℂ­om

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Comment #27 by darth nerdius
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:42:55 PM
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Anyone who didnt live alyx vance is retarded. She was the first smart ai companion. Didnt die didnt run in frontof your fire. Dog was epic. Half life fanboy rant over. kinda glad they scrapped it though. One less game graphic fans will exclaim as great but sub par at best.

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Comment #28 by Mr Cogfather
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 12:17:46 AM
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This video was a bit...well creepy. Got goosebumps watching it.

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Comment #29 by Mr Cogfather
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 12:19:08 AM
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Let me correct myself by saying the "video" wasn't so much creepy as it was the music that was creepy. :)

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Comment #30 by XxAnimanthiumxX
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 08:23:32 AM
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Very interesting how developers can shelve their new IPs based on market reviews and analysis.

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Comment #31 by Billamus
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 01:18:02 PM
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If the game is cancelled then who cares about demo vids, why not just pitch the next game you are making that is not binned?

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