Crysis is back, and back in a big way. Before the official announcement, rumors of a Crysis Remastered began exploding thanks to a leak by a Twitter user who discovered splash art of the remastered game on the website's cookie page. Sure enough, the art was buried in there, implying a remaster was imminent. It didn't take long for developer Crytek to hop onboard and reveal Crysis Remastered, complete with a brief-yet-effective announcement trailer. There are several graphical changes this time around, and the game will be available on all major platforms. The big takeaway? This means the Nintendo Switch as well. Excellent news for Nintendo fans, as Crysis was originally only playable on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.


So, what's new this time around? Rather than being a simple touch-up to the base game, Crysis Remastered aims to fully flesh out the original game's already stunning graphical capabilities. The textures are beefed up, the game's making use of depth fields, temporal anti-aliasing, motion blur, and new particle effects. One of the biggest graphical changes includes software-based ray tracing. For reference, this is the technology used in Remedy Entertainment's 2019 hit 'Control', a game highly praised for its next-gen levels of lighting effects thanks to ray tracing technology. All of these graphical upgrades strike a funny cord when one considers Crysis' history on the Internet. The game released originally in 2007, and went on to garner a reputation for just how amazing it looked for a 2007 game. It contained infamously strict PC requirements to run it, and even the ones that could get strained, creating an entire meme about if things could 'run Crysis'. To take an already pretty game and add in all of this to boot, PC gamers are likely sweating nervously.

Crysis is a series following the exploits of various U.S. Army soldiers who utilize futuristic 'Nano suits' sometime in the future. The game has you squaring off against both North Korean human forces and mysterious aliens who have awoken after a long slumber. The first game received a standalone expansion known as Crysis Warhead in 2008, before receiving its official sequels, Crysis 2 and Crysis 3, in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Part of the games' impressive graphics and performance comes from its development within Crytek's very own Cryengine. A later version of the engine was used for the PS3 and Xbox 360 ports of the original. The engine has been used in a variety of games, most notably including the original Far Cry. Amazon also reworked the engine into their own version known as Amazon Lumberyard. To say this engine has a reputation would be underselling it.


Sadly, there's no release date for Crysis Remastered yet. Most suspect that it will release within the year, but that remains to be seen. Important to note is that the remaster is also being co-developed with Saber Interactive, a developer well known for their history of remastered ports. More recently, the company worked on The Witcher 3: Complete Edition for Nintendo Switch, which bodes well for Crysis on the handheld/console hybrid. The remaster, once out, will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Those playing on the Switch will have the added luxury of enjoying the gunplay on the go. You can check out the trailer just below here. It's to the point, but it gets the job done. If the game sells well, hopefully, it will mean remasters of Crysis 2 and 3 in the same vein.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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