Crysis is back, here 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, albeit without quite the same technical bells and whistles as the PC and console version.
When is the Crysis Remastered release date?
Crysis Remastered launched on Switch on 23 July, but versions on other platforms arrived on 18 September.
They were delayed following a pretty negative fan response to the leaked trailer for the port.
We would like to share an important update with you all! pic.twitter.com/ylu0OisDf3— Crysis (@Crysis) July 1, 2020
What platforms is it on?
Crysis Remastered is out on Switch, making it the first time the game has appeared on a Nintendo console, along with PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
We also think it’s pretty likely that Crysis Remastered will come out on the PS5 and Xbox Series X 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 best thing to watch is simply the game’s official launch trailer:
If you’re more likely to grab it on Switch, here’s the tech trailer for that version:
What’s new in the remaster?
The official word is that it offers “new graphic features, high-quality textures, and the CRYENGINE’s native hardware- and API-agnostic ray tracing solution.”
It was co-developed by Saber Interactive, and 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.”
It also features support for 4K and HDR10 graphics.
The PC version goes a step further, with a ‘Can It Run Crysis?’ graphics mode that’s exclusive to PC and cranks everything up to the Nth degree – assuming your rig can handle it.
Today’s post is dedicated to our PC community! We want to show you, for the very first time, an in-game screenshot using the new “Can it Run Crysis?” Graphic mode, which is designed to demand every last bit of your hardware with unlimited settings – exclusively on PC! pic.twitter.com/kVHEf63oWe— Crysis (@Crysis) September 6, 2020
The Switch version is understandably a bit lower tech, but still offers dynamic lighting, gyro aiming, destructible environments, vegetation bending, and more. The tech trailer shows it running at 720p and 30fps, so it’s probably safe to assume that’s as good as it gets on Switch.
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.