In today’s news roundup, Crytech breaks its silence over Crysis 2 by announcing the sequel's setting. HALO 3 gets its second Mythic Map pack - although this isn’t much good if you already own ODST. And lastly, Bioware confirms it has no plans to leave the Mass Effect universe anytime soon, or at least, not until it's completely devoid of value.
Crysis 2 set in New York City
Details regarding Crytech’s latest instalment of the Crysis series have certainly been slow to materialize. EA boss John Riccitiello recently announced a somewhat vague release date for Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 by confirming that both games would be out sometime before March 2011. And although details regarding Dead Space 2 were plentiful, all we got out of Crytech’s Cevat Yerli concerning the Crysis sequel was that he intended to make “the best game that can exist on Xbox 360 on PS3″.
But now, according to the latest issue of Official Playstation Magazine, Crytech have just announced that Crysis 2 will to be set in the heart of New York City with the Big Apple under attack from aliens. But does this mean that were going to lose the two things which were really cool about the first Crysis game? Namely, kicking the hell out the Koreans and stalking through that lush jungle? It has to be said that the whole thing really went to pieces when those aliens turned up, and it sounds like creating ‘the best game that can exist on Xbox 360 on PS3’ means Crysis is about to undergo some serious dumbing-down. [Eurogamer]
Halo 3's Second Mythic Map Pack Coming in February
Anyone who owns a copy of HALO 3 and missed out on ODST will, as of the 2nd of February, be able to get their hands on the sequel's exclusive multiplayer maps. These include 'Heretic', a recreation of the 'Midship' level from HALO 2. 'Citadel' which sees you enclosed within a Forerunner stronghold, and ‘Longshore’, where you’ll be blasting your way across an abandoned harbour. All in all, this package of three multiplayer stages will set you back 800 Microsoft Points which is about £6.80. Admittedly, not much good if you already own a copy of ODST like most Halo fans. [1UP]
More Mass Effect to Come after Third Game
If you’re a massive Mass Effect fan and priming yourself for the release of number 2 – out next week – then the good news is that, according to Bioware co-founder Dr Greg Zeschuk, there is still loads more to come. Although Bioware has always said that it was going to produce a Mass Effect trilogy, and ME actor Nick Nolan let slip in an interview last week that the company is starting to develop Mass Effect 3 this year, Greg Zeschuk stated that things won’t end there.
Speaking of the setting, Zeschuk said ‘We're actually going to continue to use it for stuff and we're going to continue to make games there.’ ‘Believe me,’ we went on, ‘we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after this. Don't worry if you love Mass Effect, [because] there will be more Mass Effect in the future.’ [PlayTM]