While generally Crytek products, like the forthcoming Crysis 3, tend to speak for themselves, it’s best sometimes to get insight into how the magic the developer is able to achieve is accomplished. Some developers maximize certain features like lighting over other elements in order to keep the different iterations of their game uniform, but Crytek’s method is a little bit simpler: their developers are capable of doing things that have never before been done on a console.
According to Director of Creative Development on Crysis 3, Rasmus Højengaard, the most important thing about making a multi-platform game is that “the experience doesn’t change between PC and consoles.” While that concept sounds extremely simple, it’s also extremely difficult to achieve – just look at the fan backlash waged toward Battlefield 3 for its console inferiority.
Højengaard says that the console quality of Crysis 3 is due in no small part to the “brilliant R&D guys” over at Crytek. He acknowledges that there are inherent limitations involved with the Xbox 360 or the PS3, but somehow the Crytek team is able to push the Xbox 360 and PS3 to their limits and accomplish feats that no other developer is capable of.
These proclamations would be all well and good, and might actually be fairly convincing, but seeing CryENGINE 3 in action makes these statements all the more valid. Even Crysis 2 on the console seemed too good to be true, rivaling even the visual quality of some PC-only titles.
There’s no doubt in our mind that Crysis 3 will be a stunning game – it’s almost an assumption that comes with any Crytek project – but now Højengaard has set he and his team up for some serious scrutiny when console footage starts releasing. Visit any popular article on N4G and you’ll find a ton of console vs. console or PC vs. console comparisons, so Crytek better be ready for the comparison videos that are surely headed their way.
Do you think that Crysis 3 will look just as good on the consoles as it will on the PC? Which multiplatform title has closely resembled its PC release?
Crysis 3 is slated for a Q2 2013 release for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.