Crytek’s plan to release Crysis Remastered on Nintendo’s hybrid console remains right on track, with the popular first-person shooter dropping towards the end of July.
It’s been nearly 13 years since developer Crytek debuted Crysis, a futuristic FPS that would later become one of the most renowned shooters in video game history, with the first installment in the series being especially praised for its ground-breaking graphics.
Unfortunately, its incredibly steep PC system requirements inadvertently gave birth to the now-famous gamer phrase “But can it run Crysis?”—referring to the unreasonably beefy hardware needed to run the game properly at the time. The phrase is still used today when talking about high-end gaming rigs.
At the beginning of the month, Crytek announced that Crysis Remastered would be delayed for a few weeks for PC and current-gen consoles, but luckily enough for owners of Nintendo’s latest device, the Switch version remains on track for a July 23 release.
You may have seen our last update about the Crysis Remastered release, and we have good news for you:
We can confirm that Crysis will still be coming to Nintendo Switch on July 23rd!
— Crysis (@Crysis) July 10, 2020
What’s new in Crysis Remastered
While Crysis may have once stood at the peak of graphical excellence, that was 13 years ago and gamers have been treated to a bunch of graphically impressive titles since then.
So it’s only fair to assume that the developers would significantly doll up their baby before re-releasing it to the masses, which is precisely what Crytek is planning.
According to the game’s official website, Crysis Remastered will feature updated “high-quality textures”, along with ray tracing support for Nvidia‘s newer batch of graphics cards. The remaster will also include improved environmental destruction and vegetation bending physics.
Graphics aside, the re-release is bringing back all the things that made the original so successful in the first place, including the awesome suit powers, adaptable battlefields, and a customizable arsenal of weapons.
Check out this sneak-peek of Crysis Remastered’s improved destructible environment and vegetation bending features, captured on Nintendo Switch!
— Crysis (@Crysis) July 13, 2020
The legacy of Crytek’s critically-acclaimed shooter
Crysis was developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts initially as a PC exclusive in November 2007 and was later ported to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 four years later.
The FPS was met with stellar reviews, with the PC version, in particular, receiving much higher scores than its console counterparts on account of the better visuals and performance.
Crysis was praised for setting the industry standard for graphics and physics at the time and was even deemed by some publications as one of the greatest shooters ever made.
The action title’s success spawned a spin-off title and two sequels, all of which were well-received by fans and critics.
It’s amazing how five years used to represent such a leap forwards in graphics and tech.
— Ryan Williams (@thrik) September 22, 2019
Crytek has yet to provide an updated release date for Crysis Remastered on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, though it will likely be sometime next month at the earliest.
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