It feels like just yesterday that the PlayStation 3 demo of Crysis 2 was dropped into our laps so that we could soak up the amazing experience that Crytek has been hyping like crazy for the past few weeks. What’s that you say? It was the day before yesterday? Well, that’s strange, because publisher EA is already announcing that the demo is going to be coming down sometime today.
Yesterday, reports were coming out that the PS3 version of Crysis 2 was not only graphically inferior to the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game, but that it was plagued with a number of problems which include hit detection, large dips in framrate, and freezing issues, among others. Another common issue was that users were having trouble finding games or having people join theirs.
In a post made to the Crysis 2 blog yesterday, EA revealed that the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo was going to be coming down, “in the next 24 hours,” which would position the end of multiplayer access sometime today.
“Thank you for your interest in the PlayStation 3 version of the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo. Though many gamers have had a great experience playing the demo, we are aware that others have been experiencing server connection delays. We’ve identified the root cause and have decided to close the PS3 demo in the next 24 hours to ensure all issues are resolved when the game launches next week. Our priority is to ensure that the final product is flawless at launch.”
This quick response legitimizes the concerns that the gaming community was presenting to Crytek about the status of the PS3 demo, and puts the developer in a tough spot. With the promise to deliver a pristine product at launch, Crytek is no doubt going to have to work around the clock to ensure just that.
The performance of the PS3 version has become especially important in light of constant promises that any differences in between the two console offerings would be negligible. Nathan Camarillo recently went on record stating that he challenges anyone to find any meaningful difference between the two versions of the game.
Crysis 2 is being heavily scrutinized by the console gaming community because of early promises made that the game would be among the best experiences provided by an FPS on consoles. Naturally, gamers have been a little skeptical since Crytek’s history as a developer has been confined to the PC.
Do you think that this early ending for the PS3 Demo of Crysis 2 is a sign that the game will underperform, or is it a smart move by Crytek as they head closer to the game’s launch?
We’ll find out for sure if the PS3 issues have been resolved when Crysis 2 is released next Tuesday for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Source: Crysis 2 Blog