Update: Crytek have confirmed that Crysis Remastered is being developed for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch in cooperation with co-developers Saber Interactive. It will focus on the original's single-player campaign and will contain "high-quality textures and improved art assets," on top of new CryEngine features like volumetric fog and software-based ray tracing. It is targeting a summer release.
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Even over a decade later, the "can it run Crysis" question still regularly bounces around the gaming community whenever there's talk of new hardware. Crytek's 2007 FPS followed up the original Far Cry's technological showcase by pushing taxing rendering techniques and a degree of fidelity that were both ahead of its time and ahead of what most PCs were capable of. The sequels to Crysis didn't impress with tech prowess nearly so much, but now it seems the original may be coming back to claim the benchmark crown.
Yes, it looks like the reveal that Crytek's been teasing on Twitter this week is for a remastered version of the first Crysis. References to the remake were found on the official Crysis website by way of poking around the page source-the content's since been scrubbed, but not before people could get screenshots of the page. A short teaser trailer also appears to have been leaked.
Crysis Remastered Official Teaser pic.twitter.com/YXYG8dYA5T— AllGamesDelta (@AllGamesDelta_) April 16, 2020
The leaks indicate that Crysis Remastered will come to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch, and that it will incorporate the CryEngine's new hardware and API agnostic ray tracing features. First shown off in last year's Neon Noir benchmark, CryEngine's solution promises advanced lighting and reflection features at a lower resource cost than other ray tracing implementations—it is unclear whether these features would be utilized on all consoles or even recommended as a PC default, however.
USgamer has reached out to Crytek for comment regarding the leak and whether or not the ray tracing features will be used in all versions of the remaster. We will update this article if we receive a response.
This leak seems to be genuine and looks like an accident on Crytek's part, but all information gleaned from it should be taken with a grain of salt and may not be finalized.
While Crytek's also busy with Hunt: Showdown and Warface, a comeback for Crysis would make perfect sense as a fitting showcase for what the CryEngine is capable of at the hardware extremes in 2020. More impressive still would be console versions of Crysis that hold up well against the 2007 original, which PCs still struggle with today.