Yup, it's coming. EA have confirmed that Crysis 3 will release next spring for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, heralding it as "the first blockbuster shooter of 2013".
The third instalment in the franchise will see players take on the role of "Prophet", who returns to New York to discover that New York has been transformed since last we saw it, with the corrupt Cell Coporation having encased America's East Coast jewel in something called the Liberty Dome.
Here's the blurb:
The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.
That all sounds a little bit Hunger Games to us, but we're sure Crytek will pull something rather impressive out of the bag.
“Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,” said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. “Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.”
Crytek and EA also unveiled the Crytek 3: Hunter Edition, which will cost around a tenner more than usual - £49.99 - and offers players the chance to get their hands on the new bow and all of its attachments early for multiplayer shenanigans, "plus theHunter Nanosuit module which adds additional power and functionality to the super-suit". Oh, and Hunter Edition purchasers will also automatically start at XP Level 5.
Other pre-order flavours will include:
- Stalker Pack – Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: for players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
- Overkill Pack – Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
- Predator Pack – Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60 round magazine the Feline is highly effective and deadly, at short range.
Frankly, New York is the most uninspired setting for anything these days, but at least the Liberty Dome will hopefully deliver seven unique settings. Turning Manhattan into a tropical pleasure park could be fun...maybe.
Have some screenshots: