Crysis is coming back, ready to destroy your gaming PC all over again. Crysis Remastered sees the infamously demanding game come back for the latest generation of consoles and PCs – even including the Nintendo Switch.
Little has been officially announced so far, but thanks to leaks we know more than we should.
When is the Crysis Remastered release date?
We don’t know. A leaked page on the Microsoft store (since taken down) listed a date of 23 July 2020, but the next day Crytek announced a delay to the game’s release of “a few weeks” – despite never actually announcing an official release date at all.
Assuming the 23 July date was genuine, that suggests a release in mid-August, but we don’t know for sure.
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— Crysis (@Crysis)
July 1, 2020
What platforms will it come out on?
Crysis Remastered will come out on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and – surprisingly – Nintendo Switch, making it the first time the game has appeared on a Nintendo console.
We also think it’s pretty likely that Crysis Remastered will come out on the PS5 and next-gen Xbox eventually. Crysis was always best known for its absurdly demanding PC spec requirements, so it would make loads of sense to hit next-gen consoles as proof of both their power and the game’s intense requirements.
Watch the trailer
The Crysis Remastered trailer hasn’t officially been revealed, but a version leaked on YouTube and at the time of writing is still available to watch:
What’s new in the remaster?
The official word is that it will offer “new graphic features, high-quality textures, and the CRYENGINE’s native hardware- and API-agnostic ray tracing solution.”
IGN reports that it’s being co-developed by Saber Interactive, and adds that specific changes include: “high-quality textures, improved art assets, temporal anti-aliasing, SSDO, SVOGI, depth fields, new light settings, motion blur, and particle effects (where applicable)… [and] software-based ray tracing.”
Thanks to the Microsoft Store leak we also know that it will feature support for 4K and HDR10 graphics.
It looks like one thing is being lost though: the original game’s multiplayer mode does not appear to be included in the remaster.
Will there be a Crysis 4?
When Crytek first teased the remaster, many thought it might be a tease for a whole new Crysis game, which would be Crysis 4.
Since this is just a remaster, there’s currently no reason to expect that a Crysis 4 is on the way – but equally if there’s enough interest in the remaster that might spur the company to look seriously at a whole new game for next-gen consoles, or it could even be building anticipation for a sequel it’s already working on.