Call of Duty is big. In fact, based on numbers alone, it's the biggest video game franchise of the generation.
But over time, Crytek believes it can match Activision's series in terms of overall popularity, by continuing to produce more iterations of their own franchise, Crysis . Bear in mind that they're not necessarily predicting that Crysis will someday be as popular as CoD; it's more of an optimistic, ambitious viewpoint. When asked if Crysis would one day become a widely adored and respected series, Nathan Camarillo gave Eurogamer a simple response: "Why not?"
"As the franchise grows down the line, there's no reason it can't be as big [as Call of Duty]. It's very appealing in that it's a near future military setting. It appeals to sci-fi gamers as well because of the sci-tech, science fiction elements. It's not a space opera. It's not set 300 years in the future. It's 13 years in the future.
It's something people identify with and can take this small leap of faith to get into this world and this universe. By offering a great single-player campaign, a great multiplayer experience and giving people something fresh and different than a normal soldier can do with the nanosuit – it's a pretty powerful feeling."
Clearly, Crytek plans to release more Crysis titles in the future and Camarillo adds that they're "taking it very seriously." In the end, provided things go well, this could mean we'd see " Crysis 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… Crysis Infinity ." So perhaps in 2018, everyone will be clamoring to get in line at midnight launches for Crysis 5 . Hey, we applaud ambition wherever we find it but considering the competition…well, we'll just offer Crytek a hearty "good luck."
Related Game(s): Crysis 2