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Crytek: Crysis 3 on Wii U 'Is a Possibility'

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Some decisions would be nice

The Crysis series is highly regarded by many FPS fans who get their game on with an Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. With Crysis 3 due to arrive Spring 2013, it's natural for some Nintendo gamers to wonder whether this title will make the jump to Wii U. After all, developer Crytek was in the Wii U cheerleading brigade just one month ago, stating that its CryEngine3 "runs beautifully" on the system.

When asked by CVG about the prospect of Crysis 3 appearing on Nintendo's next console, producer Mike Read gave a suitable vague response, as often seems to be the case with potential Wii U projects.

I wouldn't say there's no chance. I wouldn't say no chance. I mean the Wii U still doesn't have any kind of release [date] attached to it at this point. Who knows what the future will bring with it. I can definitely say that we are working with Nintendo, and that's about all I can say on that front.

I wouldn't rule it out, but there has really been no official releases associated with the Wii U yet, and given that we're releasing Crysis in an eight month time period in February of 2013, we can't play off of what their schedules are. I wouldn't rule it out, but you know, it is a possibility.

With tight budgets it's perhaps understandable for developers to see how Wii U performs before making a commitment. It's worth noting, however, that prior to this interview Rasmus Hoejengaard, Crytek's Director of Creative Development, told Destructoid in April that there's "not a fat chance" of the title coming to Wii U.

Developer's potential commitments to Wii U seem to change every month, so once again we'll have to sit tight and see what happens.

[via computerandvideogames.com, destructoid.com]

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User Comments (17)

FOREST_RANGER

#1

FOREST_RANGER said:

From what I have heard, PC gamers weren't fond of Crysis 2 after the 1st game. I'm currently playing the 1st game on my laptop, and it's pretty sweet so far. The forests are fairly beautiful and the enemies seemed pretty smart but, the story on the other hand...:P. I certainly hope they make Crysis 3 similar to Crysis in scale (I've heard the 2nd game was constricted in corridor-like environments).

Chrno-x

#3

Chrno-x said:

Yeah they don't like (yet) Nintendo because they didn't bring Crytek a big bag of Money to port it like they did with EA. But then again EA is a publisher of Crytek series so it's not "if" but "when" they will release Crysis 3 on WiiU.

LittleIrves

#4

LittleIrves said:

"...[W]e are working with Nintendo, and that's about all I can say on that front."
I don't care a lick about FPSs, but I'm happy that the team behind one of the biggest tech-driven, graphics-hungry games of this generation is at least communicating with Nintendo. Seems like a good sign.

darkgamer001

#5

darkgamer001 said:

This is one of the many things that is wrong with the industry. Crysis 3 should have no problem running on the WiiU with the Cryengine 3 working well on the console. Why aren't they actively looking to get this game on the WiiU?
Now, I'm sure devs complain about the fact that 3rd party games don't sell too well on Nintendo consoles compared to Nintendo first party titles. And yet they fail to take the initiative and launch their best games on the console, especially with few big Nintendo titles to compete with!? (bar Pikmin 3 ofc) What gives?? And yes, I know it's a risk to launch games on a new platform, but in this industry, not taking risks is a risk in itself at best, and downright suicidal at worst.

nfzeta007

#6

nfzeta007 said:

@bobbiKat Yea basically Cyrtek went from an open and adventurous game to just another shooter with Crysis 2, even the multiplayer is more generic with the second one, hopefully that's rectified in Crysis 3

nfzeta007

#7

nfzeta007 said:

So many developers taking the wait and see position, the problem here is that sometimes when all the good developers 'wait and see' they are left only observing what the possible fails are and then will back off when they see the difference between the sales of Nintendo games on the console and 3rd party games, i honestly think that 3rd parties shouldn't really feel anyway if they don't keep up with the big bad 1st party Nintendo titles, as far as i'm concerned they are in a league of their own but still give the console a try and with your best foot first.

This advice also goes out to Ubisoft who although are supporting the Wii U haven't pledged what is basically their biggest game recently: Watch Dogs.

bro2dragons

#8

bro2dragons said:

To translate: "We like making money. So if the Wii U takes off like it's the reinvention of bread and it sells 100 million worldwide in a month or two, then yeah, we'll probably port it. Otherwise, I don't think it will be worth the time and money investment to get it running on the system. So yeah, it could happen. Don't rule it out."

MeloMan

#9

MeloMan said:

Just let me know if you're doing a game or not, port or new, don't care about all the other tech babble or "sorta" talk, just give some software or be quiet.

rjejr

#10

rjejr said:

@bro2dragons Good translation.

Just b/c the game CAN run on it doesn't mean they should spend their limited resources and $ making a port to a system without a release date or a price attached to it. And besides, it's a FPS. How may people who are likely to buy this game don't already own a PC, Xbox360 or PS3? Seeing games coming out on the Wii U may make consumers and Nintendo happy, but happiness doesn't always translate to $ for 3rd party developers on Nintendo systems, so I can't blame Crytek in the least.

I wish more industry insiders would comment/complain about the lack of price and release date for the Wii U, then maybe Nintendo would finally release that info to us. Us being the people who might actually want to buy the system. Seriously, the longer it takes, the more likely I am to wait until 2013.

sinalefa

#12

sinalefa said:

This is a vicious circle: only if the console sells a lot we will see good games from third parties, but without good games (and the more the merrier) how it is going to sell?

Third parties are afraid of competing with Nintendo's titles, but if they won't take the plunge, only Nintendo is there to make games and they have to make them great to entice people to buy a new system. So if they do, then the third parties are afraid of people only getting first party games.

A game like this would definitely benefit from a lot of horsepower. If the extra power means better graphics/textures, smoother framerate or better online with more players, this could be a killer app, as not everyone can buy a PC with similar capabilities. Not at the price we may see the Wii U at.

doctor_doak

#13

doctor_doak said:

I've played both on my PC and honestly, you won't be missing much if they don't port it over to WiiU. Crysis 1 was pretty decent up until they introduced aliens to the mixture, then it just became a farce. Yes, it's a big sandbox but unfortunately there's not much of interest to be found. It's easily the prettiest game I've seen, even today, and it was released back in 2007.

Crysis 2 was much more of a COD clone. It took away the sandbox of the 1st game in favour of relatively large but linear levels lots of explosions, set pieces, and long immersion breaking cutscenes where you are prompted to look at something 'awesome' happening in the distance. They also stripped back the nanosuit powers to just cloak and maximum strength.

damascus

#14

damascus said:

Note, this is what 3rd party said about the Wii as well. 'Its a possibility'.

Well at least they're polite, I'll give them that.

hydeks

#15

hydeks said:

crytek might hate the wii u, but they don't hate making money :P If the Wii U actually gets hardcore fans on this system, maybe than u'll see games like Crysis 2 and such??

Kage_88

#17

Kage_88 said:

It'd be great for Wii U if they released Crysis 3 and made the CryEngine 3 available for devs.

Personally though, I couldn't care less.

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