Crysis 2 is going to kill Halo! Now, put down the gravity hammer for moment. Those are big words. Very, very big words. And they’re not mine, so you can stop mailing me that poison as well. But you’ve got to wonder – could those words be true?
Halo is well known as the king of console shooters and a defining series in the entire first person shoot universe. Crysis, on the other hand, is known as the king of PC shooters (visually, it was – and continues to be – a groundbreaking experience) and another pinnacle moment in FPS evolution. Electronic Arts is bringing their Crytek-engine rendered champion over to the Xbox 360 and PS3 soon and are quite confident that it’ll be dethroning Halo as the top console shooter:
“We were trying to craft a Halo-killer, you know a product that would squarely go after what Bungie built with our partners at Crytek. So the Crysis 2 product is spectacular, very high-end, and is going to be a multi-year franchise.”
The words came from EA Games President Frank Gibeau. The man certainly knows the ins and outs of the business, but you’ve got to admit that labeling the game a Halo-killer is like saying the car you haven’t built yet it going is going to outrace a Ferrari that’s powered by Twilight fangirl screams. I’m skeptical, while Crysis was visually superior and was indeed an immersive experience, the online factor that is so prevalent in the Halo franchise seems to be missing in the Crysis series.
Gibeau was also asked as to whether Electronic Arts had approached Bungie before Bungie had signed with Activision for a ten year contract. In response, he stated that EA games had enough shooting games that it wasn’t necessary:
“So at some point in the portfolio plan you’ve got, when you look at Crytek, DICE, Epic, the LA team building MoH, and then Respawn, you know we got a pretty damn killer team. There’s not a lot of opening positions left on that roster and so that was definitely something that played into how we’ve looked at opportunities out there. But, we’re going for it and I’ve gotten to know the Bungie guys over the years and they’re a terrific bunch of people, but we’re very pleased and confident with what we got and the franchises in our portfolio.”
There you have it folks: Frank Gibeau is the most nonchalant, confident guy ever. What do you think of his words? Do you think Crysis 2 could be the Halo-killer that EA is looking for?