Console owners will receive the original Crysis in downloadable form next month but the big questions have been: How will the game look? And will the console version be any different?
The title in question was widely considered to be one of the finest graphical productions of the generation when it first broke onto the scene, and many didn't believe it could be done to that level of quality on a console. But time has passed and now, Crytek is saying Crysis for the PSN/XBLA will be the best possible version.
Lead level designer Sten Huebler spoke to MyCrysis about the subject and said that the team learned a lot from developing Crysis 2 for consoles. Therefore, as for controls in the original Crysis , "the controls and interface are more straightforward, allowing the player to control the Nanosuit smoothly." And in regards to the graphics, he said:
"We drastically improved the lighting for all levels, updated and added new particle effects."
Huebler went on to say that the CryEngine was originally built for the PC, which is why shifting the first game to consoles took so long. "Many systems and parts of the architecture had to be changed and adapted to a console environment," he said. In the end, they're satisfied with the result.
"After our work on Crysis 2 was finished and our technology is now ready for consoles, it was our desire to release Crysis 1 finally on consoles as well. Most of the work was done at Crytek UK in Nottingham and we are very happy in how it turned out. It’s not without reason that some of the technically most competent games are only released late in the cycle for a console generation."
If you played Crysis 2 earlier this year, you very likely enjoyed yourself. And if you never got a chance to play the original, you can't pass up the opportunity next month, especially 'cuz you don't have to worry about an inferior version.
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