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Crysis: No More Patches, Linux Server on Hold

Crysis Monthly Update #1 is online, the first of these regular updates from Crytek about their shooter since they shifted from a weekly schedule. The update elaborates on recent indications that console development is in Crytek's future (story), describes efforts at fixing multiplayer disconnect issues, and promotes an upcoming community Q&A session. They also offer the bad news that they have put development of a dedicated Crysis Linux server on hold because they are not happy with the state of the project, and that for reasons they are unable to disclose at this time, "there almost certainly will not be a patch 1.3 delivered for Crysis," in spite of the knowledge that this will disappoint a good number of users:

So, What About Patch 1.3?
At this time, there almost certainly will not be a patch 1.3 delivered for Crysis. We are aware that this news will disappoint many of you, and we would like to apologize profusely. There is a good reason for this and we hope you understand when you hear more about the reasons why in the very, very near future. Please realize this was an extremely difficult decision, but please do know that we are listening to your comments and are making more consistent community support a high priority.

We are confident that the things we are working on will be appreciated by the community, and we hope for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

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139. Re: No subject Jun 5, 2008, 12:27 wallace321
 

In games that require Windows Live? I don't think so?

A game may use live as its matchmaking service but it still doesn't require a gold subscription to play online. I think GFW Live is just a bonus to people who already have 360s with Gold Live accounts. And possibly a way to sell 360s.

And the widescreen support can be taken with a huge grain of salt. See Bioshock's horribly inept implementation of widescreen.

You're right about Bioshock, the widescreen support was a hackjob. But I thought that was one of the very first GFW titles. I don't think that's very common at all. At least, it's never happened in any other GFW branded game I have. At least they fixed it in an official patch. Widescreen is common enough these days even in NON GFW games. I'd personally take gamepad support with a grain of salt. I find it REALLY hard to believe SupCom supports a gamepad! Though they did release supcom for the 360. I'm all for options I'll never use if SOMEONE out there does. Afterall, I play Crysis with a 360 gamepad on my mediacenter because I have a lousy wireless mouse & keyboard. But I have a feeling 90% of people who played Crysis did so with an m&k.

It's £27 ($54) in the UK, which is simply too much. I paid £20 for Unreal Tournament 3 on release and it's now dropped to £15. EA messed up big-time with Crysis and the current high price is simply an insult.

I'm with you on that one, especially when there's allegedly such a bad piracy problem with that particular game. With so many people stealing the game, you'd think they would give a break to the people who COULD get it for free (like everybody else apparently...), but want to pay for it.

But then again, you guys always pay more than us : ) $50 was the price here when it came out (for the non-special edition) so that would be £25 AT RELEASE - I HAVE to imagine that would be very close to coming down by now just to make room for NEW releases.

 
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138. Re: No subject Jun 5, 2008, 01:07 Creston
 
"$50 a year lets you play with or against X-box owners (in the 3 games that support it) and, ummmm, better matchmaking? You can still play multiplayer for free"

In games that require Windows Live? I don't think so?


"The box looks nice and so it unifies the PC as a platform and it means that it supports widescreen and the 360 gamepad."

And the widescreen support can be taken with a huge grain of salt. See Bioshock's horribly inept implementation of widescreen. I guess by "support" Microsoft means "it won't immediately blow up your TFT."

Games for Windows is a piece of trash. Like Vista.

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137. ... Jun 4, 2008, 17:44 theyarecomingforyou
 
Would Crysis have gotten as much crap as it did if it only cost $30? (hint: probably. but now it does only cost $30)
It's £27 ($54) in the UK, which is simply too much. I paid £20 for Unreal Tournament 3 on release and it's now dropped to £15. EA messed up big-time with Crysis and the current high price is simply an insult.

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136. Re: No subject Jun 4, 2008, 13:46 wallace321
 
Really? I have to pay 50 bucks a year now to be able to play multiplayer?

I think it needs to be said that you don't even get THAT for $50 a year. $50 a year lets you play with or against X-box owners (in the 3 games that support it) and, ummmm, better matchmaking? You can still play multiplayer for free.

The box looks nice and so it unifies the PC as a platform and it means that it supports widescreen and the 360 gamepad. (though Supreme Commander is a GFW game, does IT support a gamepad??) I wish it meant it had the same achievements the 360 version has, but it doesn't. But it's been pretty much a load of empty promises.

Indeed, but the picture I was presenting was one in which those 5 quality titles are not in the genre or style that a typical gamer would want to play. e.g. what if those 5 games were all MMO games like WoW? Would you be happy with that?

True that. I would rather be able to choose from all 100 "mediocre" games and determine for myself which ones, while not be worth a full $50, might be worth a look at $20 to $30. Would Crysis have gotten as much crap as it did if it only cost $30? (hint: probably. but now it does only cost $30) I don't even think i could name 5 flawless games, which is what I feel some people here demand before they'll buy a game.

I think if I found a copy of Whirlwind Over Vietnam for $15 I would totally give that a chance despite the pretty bad reviews it got. The one from PC Gamer that reads, "Resist, chopper fans. You'll thank us later. [Aug 2007, .63]" is especially worrying as they warn even the game's target demographic, not just your average PC gamer. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/whirlwindovervietnam?q=whirlwind I'm a big chopper fan but I can risk $15 for a chance at a fun game that I'm into.
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135. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 09:37  dsmart 
 
honestly, i think its both.

Yeah, I think so too. But remember also that reviews are not based on consensus, but rather based on the opinions of one person - the reviewer. So even if it got accolades across the board, thats just a small sampling of individuals who liked it.

Not to say that it was a bad game of course, as thats not even the issue here.

To answer your question Derek, id rather choose from 5 quality titles, than from 10 or 15 or 20 or 100 mediocre ones.

Indeed, but the picture I was presenting was one in which those 5 quality titles are not in the genre or style that a typical gamer would want to play. e.g. what if those 5 games were all MMO games like WoW? Would you be happy with that?


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134. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 09:29 nin
 
The fact of the matter is that Crysis sucked

That's not a fact at all.



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133. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 07:30 InBlack
 
This thread was so derailed it was heading to china through a space portal

The fact of the matter is that Crysis sucked, and Crytek have moved on to greener pastures (brainless console crowd)

To answer your question Derek, id rather choose from 5 quality titles, than from 10 or 15 or 20 or 100 mediocre ones.

Sure PC gaming is in the decline but has no one considered the fact that it might also be in decline due to the fact that horribly poor quality titles are being made on a HUGE budget (blame NVDIA AND AMD FOR THAT) and when they dont sell well enough to cover their expense, gamers are blamed.

 
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132. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 03:51 Jerykk
 
56 different reviewers? NONE have any credibility?!

The lowest Crysis score on Metacritic is 80. I'm more inclined to give the game something in the 70 range and I'm sure there are many who would agree. Similarly, Gothic and Gothic 2 have Metacritic scores of 81 and 79 when I think they should both be well into the 90s.

Now, you can argue that a difference of 10 points is insignificant but when you consider that review scales essentially start at 70, 10 points means a lot.

The problem is ultimately a matter of consistency. I might completely agree with a reviewer on one game but completely disagree on another. I have yet to find any reviewer that agrees with me 100% so why bother?

 
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131. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 03:27 Prez
 
56 different reviewers? NONE have any credibility?!  
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130. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 01:48 Jerykk
 
Reviews have never had much credibility which is why I don't rely on them for my purchasing decisions.

 
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129. Re: ... Jun 3, 2008, 01:30 manic half
 
Are ALL reviewers just that out of touch? Have they ALL sold out? Or has the PC community become just THAT full of jackals and haters?

honestly, i think its both.

 
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128. Re: ... Jun 2, 2008, 23:53 Prez
 
A lot of negativity towards Crysis -the game itself. I find this completely at odds with the reviews. So the PC Gamer Editors Choice Award (Crysis scored in the mid 90's) and the Gamespot Score of 9.5 are bogus? Or the average metacritic score of 9.1?

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/crysis?q=crysis

Are ALL reviewers just that out of touch? Have they ALL sold out? Or has the PC community become just THAT full of jackals and haters?


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127. ... Jun 2, 2008, 21:36 theyarecomingforyou
 
Ehm, there are HUNDREDS of games dealing with sexual themes. There are probably hundreds games that are just porn in game form. You just won't find them at Best Buy and you won't read about them in PC Gamer, obviously. These aren't the type of games that the "cool" devs make.
Yes, but I'm talking about them being taken seriously and with serious production value - not random backwater affairs. If they exist but nobody knows about them then they might as well not exist.

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126. Re: No subject Jun 2, 2008, 21:34 Creston
 
To answer the question when did PC Gamers become snobs? They didn't, many became cynical and bitter.

That's very true. Ever since gaming became all about making the extra dollar rather than bringing the extra quality/content, most PC Gamers have become pretty pissed at the whole thing. Microsoft's bullshit "Games for Windows" is just the latest straw. Really? I have to pay 50 bucks a year now to be able to play multiplayer?

More and more, I'm just supporting the small devs with my money. I'll occassionally still buy a big title, but unless it's one that I really want, I wait for it to hit the bargain bin.

Here's hoping Stardock will keep putting out good games.

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125. ... Jun 2, 2008, 21:32 theyarecomingforyou
 
Personally I find that most (not all) storylines for games over the years have not added much to the games. They provide a setting, beyond that they have been rather pointless. There is of course the exceptions, but does gaming NEED to have strong and well written stories to make a game good? No. And as far as I'm concerned that has never been the case with games. It's certainly a bonus when it does happen though.
Whoa there. There SHOULD be games with decent stories that are pivotal to the game experience, just as there should be games that focus completely on the gameplay. It's a disgrace that most plots in games have been a complete afterthought, tacked on to get from A to B. Games that balance it appeal to me most - Oblivion and GTA both have very open gameplay but with strong story driven plots when desired. After Oblivion games like Crysis bore me to tears.

What does it matter if they have dialogue or not? Both violent games, with baby/child as the main character, that's the point.
They're hardly much of a 'character' if they don't have any depth. I was referring more to characters other than the player, as I haven't seen children / pregnant women in games like HL2 or the like.

Personally I'd rather games go back to being games with very simple to non-existent storylines and focus on gameplay. I keep seeing interviews where they ask "is the game gonna make you cry?" Who gives a shit if the game is going to make you cry. Just give me a fun game to play.
Great, but that's like saying it would be best if all films were like Rambo. Damn right I'd like to see a game that can rival the emotion of film. An interactive experience should be a lot MORE immersive than a static film, though clearly we're not at that stage. But do I want all games to do that? Absolutely not.

My point was about diversity and expanding it - mature themes and better use of storytelling are one aspect. We do have some diversity, though - I'm looking forward to Peggle Nights and Spore, much as I am Red Alert 3 and Alan Wake. And my point isn't to slap in a penis and the KKK into Halo and call it progress. We need diversity that is appropriate. I just think it's shit for the industry to rely on mutants, aliens and WWII because that's playing it safe. Where's our Lost In Translation's, A Clockwork Orange's or Vanilla Sky's? Instead we seem to be on endless reruns of Adam Sandler / Jack Black films.

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124. Re: ... Jun 2, 2008, 21:29 Creston
 
Why is it that we have a multi-billion dollar industry, outperforming the top movie releases, and yet we still basically have no games dealing with sexual themes?

Ehm, there are HUNDREDS of games dealing with sexual themes. There are probably hundreds games that are just porn in game form. You just won't find them at Best Buy and you won't read about them in PC Gamer, obviously. These aren't the type of games that the "cool" devs make.

But it's not a matter of them not existing.

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123. Re: No subject Jun 2, 2008, 21:26 Creston
 
The fact is the decline is also in choices and not just by numbers. I dunno about you, but I'd rather have ten games to choose from than five.

I'd rather have five good games than ten pieces of shovelware crap. Which is what the consoles are pushing out, and which is the primary reason that devs are fleeing to consoles.

You're stating it nicely by saying ""No matter how bad a game is received, the sheer size of the console install base pretty much - in most cases - guarantees that a game at least recoups its costs. You don't have that luxury with PC games. "

What it means in slightly less flattering terms is that developers can choose between having to make GOOD games on the PC in order to make a living, or making pathetic shovelware crap on the console to make a living.

Most of them choose to make shovelware because it's easier. You'll forgive me if I don't shed a tear for these retards.

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122. Re: No subject Jun 2, 2008, 21:20 Creston
 
And why is this news and everyone piling on Crytek? This is economics. May other devs have made the same statements about not releasing patches due to poor sales. Of course most of them aren't even in business anymore

Gee, Derek, I wonder why? Maybe because people, after getting royally shafted by one game by a certain developer say "Fuck you, I'm never buying another one of your games?"

For a company that's planning on releasing Crysis 2, pissing off your existing Crysis 1 fanbase isn't the smart way to go.

Ofcourse, Crysis 2 is going to be a console shovelware game, so nobody is really going to care that much anyways.

Personally I liked Crysis, but this kind of shit just turns me off from a developer.

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121. Re: No Surprises Here... Jun 2, 2008, 21:13 Nere
 
Fucking hilarious. We can't get out shit together .. can't release stable code .. every time we try to correct our mistakes new shit crops up to make it worse. The whole experience has been so frustrating we just give up ..

 
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120. Re: Dagok Jun 2, 2008, 20:29 Krovven
 
Christ you continue to show us how stupid you are Surf with your obvious troll bullshit.

a) It was an EXAMPLE, one of many. It just happens that it's one of the most well known racial conflicts of the 20th century.

b) I'm not sure what you are trying to imply by calling it a "popular racist term". It's not a "racist term" at all. Maybe if you had got an education instead of trolling forums you would know that. Maybe start by looking up Neo-Nazism.

c) Black on Black crime wouldn't be "racism", now would it?

d) Black Panthers want to exterminate whites? Get an education before spreading this sort of bullshit.

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