Crysis developer Crytek has gone on record stating they're dropping PC exclusive titles and will in future release games for the console market at the same time. This may mean that Crysis will stay one of the most graphically intensive games for quite a while longer.
"We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis. We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable," company president Cevat Yerli says. Presumably then, the hyped high system requirements had nothing to do with low sales, and requiring online validation was just too difficult to code.
"It was a big lesson for us and I believe we won't have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive any more," he said. Roughly translated, this means "our shareholders want more money".
Yerli also dismissed ongoing suggestions that Crysis will be ported to consoles. "Crysis would have to be largely changed to bring it to Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3," he said, adding that the developer's "internal focus is not linked to bring Crysis to consoles". This may be because Crytek would have to build their own console if they wanted to find one capable of running Crysis.
With news recently that Crysis 2 is in the works, could we see the first sequel to a game with worse graphics than the original?