Original Crysis finally coming to consoles in October

In 2007, developer Crytek released the first Crysis game for the PC. It was the first game that used the developer's CryEngine 2 graphics engine and besides being an excellent single player game, it served as a kind of hardware benchmark for PC gamers to see of their gaming rig could handle Crysis' high requirements. Now Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will finally be able to play the original Crysis in just a few weeks. Publisher Electronic Arts announced today that a revamped version of the game will be made available for both consoles via download in October. Rumors of a console version started hitting the Internet earlier this summer.

The title, which features the adventures of the Nanosuit-powered protagonist as he battles both North Koreans and aliens in a South Pacific island, will get a graphical revamp for its console debut. It will use Crytek's newer CryEngine 3 as its basis with improved lighting and visual effects. It will also support stereoscopic 3D effects. The press release indicates that the console version of Crysis will be just the single player campaign and will apparently not include the original game's multiplayer component, Crysis Wars. Pricing for the console version will be $19.99 for the PS3 and 1600 Microsoft points for the Xbox 360 version.

Crytek released Crysis 2 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 earlier in March. More recently the company released a free version of its CryEngine 3 game development tools that allows people to create stand alone games that can be released for free or for commercial use.

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