Crytek Calls DirectX 11 Patch a "Gift to the High End"

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Crytek Calls DirectX 11 Patch a "Gift to the High End"

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Crytek says the DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2 is "a gift to the high-end community," which was apparently a little let-down by the game's overly-accessible system requirements.

Gamers are a notoriously difficult lot to please. If a game does A, they want B; if a game does B, they want A. And if a game does A and B, it costs too damn much and the next two years' worth of DLC should have been included with the original release anyway. Take the Crysis games as an example. The original Crysis, released in 2007, was a decent shooter remarkable primarily for its jarring system requirements. Respectable gaming rigs qualified as minimum spec and nobody could play it at its glorious maximum settings because for all intents and purposes, the hardware needed to do so didn't exist.

"Crysis 1's intention was, if I were to play it three years later, it looks great. And it does, actually, it fulfilled that," Crytek CEO Cevvat Yerli told Gamsutra. "But it made it difficult for entry-level players."

Crysis became something of a poster boy for hyper-inflated PC system requirements, reflexively trotted out every time the non-stop, runaway expense of PC gaming came up for discussion. This fact didn't escape Crytek's notice.

"So with Crysis 2, we took a different direction, and it backfired a little bit," Yerli said.

It turns out that while baseline PC owners were unhappy because they had trouble running Crysis decently, the upper-tier crowd viewed the game as an ideal way to show off their muscular rigs and were unhappy because Crysis 2 didn't put the pedal to the metal. So now Crytek is gearing up to release the DirectX 11 patch for the game in what Yerli said was an attempt to "please everybody."

"This is much more like a gift to the high-end community," he said. "And I think gamers will appreciate that. It lifts up Crysis 2 and gives a sneak peak of how PC gaming will evolve in the future, if you support a high-end preference."

The Crysis 2 DirectX 11 patch, which will include a whole pile of visual upgrades and performance enhancements, will be unleashed on the world on June 27.

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That's nice and all, but Cervat, how about making the game actually fun to play?

Well, better late than never, but the damage is already done, the reputation for rushing releases and cutting content (albeit purely for the shininess) purely so that console players can play it sooner has been set already.

Regardless, I'll download it and see how it looks.

TestECull:
That's nice and all, but Cervat, how about making the game actually fun to play?

*raises hand* I was under the assumption that they had already done that. The most fun singleplayer shooter experience I've experienced in 2011 so far, actually.

Except for those walking tank things. Fuck those psychic bastards and their supreme tracking abilities.

Either these guys at Crytek are lying their arse off or they are superficially slow, I choose both.

"It turns out that while baseline PC owners were unhappy because they had trouble running Crysis decently, the upper-tier crowd viewed the game as an ideal way to show off their muscular rigs and were unhappy because Crysis 2 didn't put the pedal to the metal"

again dont think tht's what the majority of pc gamers were pissed about -_- more so the fact we were lied too and got another console port...

Graphics patch won't help with the lousy consolized gameplay. Why are those guns so far up my face (because that's how it's done on consoles). Gun origins in Crysis 1 were perfect.

A little let down? That's what they called being lied to?

too heck with trying to please the PC elitists or any gamer at all it doesn't work just select a style of game and stick with it

Is this really such an issue? Do people really need to stroke their e-peen that much because they know they spent way to much on their computer but don't want to admit that it wasn't worth it? Grow up people. This is elementary school behavior.

will this enable us to tweak the game to our liking? will it put the game back in a rich open world setting rather then goddamn new york again?. thats why pc gamers aint happy.

silverbullet1989:
"It turns out that while baseline PC owners were unhappy because they had trouble running Crysis decently, the upper-tier crowd viewed the game as an ideal way to show off their muscular rigs and were unhappy because Crysis 2 didn't put the pedal to the metal"

again dont think tht's what the majority of pc gamers were pissed about -_- more so the fact we were lied too and got another console port...

There's a difference between "being awfully optimised" and "lacking modern graphical options". I mean come on, DX11 is pretty much becoming standard nowadays.

Not that I minded that much. Game looked pretty fine to me.

Gift my ass!

Crytek spent so much time marketing Crysis 2 and themselves as "dedicated to the PC" long before release. They also promised it would have DirectX 11 support and conveniently mentioned nothing about that support not coming for several months. If putting in only the features you promised for your game at a later date is a "gift," then what does that make Valve? The second coming of Christ? So selfless in all the gifts they give as they are.

Well rather than repeat what's already being said, I'll just say that it's a little too late now. They missed the release window where I might have bought it, and now there's other things to play. I have a week off at home coming up after a little trip, and I'm thinking I'll get Dirt 3 not Crysis 2.

TestECull:
That's nice and all, but Cervat, how about making the game actually fun to play?

Agreed.

I'm a huge Crysis (1) fan, but 2 was a one time deal for me.

My question is can I make it work on windows XP?

Cowabungaa:

silverbullet1989:
"It turns out that while baseline PC owners were unhappy because they had trouble running Crysis decently, the upper-tier crowd viewed the game as an ideal way to show off their muscular rigs and were unhappy because Crysis 2 didn't put the pedal to the metal"

again dont think tht's what the majority of pc gamers were pissed about -_- more so the fact we were lied too and got another console port...

There's a difference between "being awfully optimised" and "lacking modern graphical options". I mean come on, DX11 is pretty much becoming standard nowadays.

Not that I minded that much. Game looked pretty fine to me.

How is dx11 becoming the standard? developers are still catering to 4 year old + consoles and then porting the game over to the pc and adding mouse and keyboard support. Only game that comes to mind is BF3 that is been built with dx10 + dx11 in mind, although due to the crytek balls up i have no faith in what any developer says.

Yeah crysis 2 looked damn good the way it did, on face value, but when it was a backwards step from some of the graphical leaps crysis and crysis warhead did, it was very disapointing

You know, Crysis would be a better example if it was actually a fun game. "Oooooh, it looks amazing!!" only stands up for the first few minutes, and occasionally when a giant new 'scape looms over the screen, showing us how amazing it is. Apart from those few instances, what's actually in the game matter more. Graphics count once gameplay is done, other wise you'd be better off with screenshots.

This should've been an apology for not delivering what was promised in time.
Instead, they spin it around and call it a gift, really smooth move Crytek.

It should've been DX11 compatible from the start.
It's not like it's new or anything...

Plus great games deserve to be played as best as they can.
I think it's a result of making it available on consoles, which where not top notch hardware when they where released, many years ago.

Good to have all platforms though, can't say I care too much how games look; they all look good nowadays. From Crysis we just can expect more :P

Yeah, that is too bad... I mean, knowing it couldn't even use the most advanced graphic features, the reason I built this PC, when a bunch of games already did, I didn't invest in it. So, when it hits the bargain bin, maybe I'll bite. There have been too many other good games that have come out, ones that were more fun for me.

so... PC gamers were complaining that more people were allowed to play their game because it didn't have gargantuan system requirements?

i will never understand it.

Azaraxzealot:
so... PC gamers were complaining that more people were allowed to play their game because it didn't have gargantuan system requirements?

i will never understand it.

No, PC gamers were complaining because they started from mid-range and scaled it down to run on the oldest of systems from there, rather than starting at the high-end and scaling it down to run on mid-range DX9 PCs and consoles. No good excuse for that, especially when you claim to be a "PC dedicated developer" like Crytek did.

I call it a because you cried enough gift. I mean my PC can handle it, and it would've looked better. But I really didn't care THAT much.

TwitchyGamer101:
I call it a because you cried enough gift. I mean my PC can handle it, and it would've looked better. But I really didn't care THAT much.

Well then you probably didn't follow the game's development pre-release. It's not a gift, it's something they promised would be in the game long ago. And there was no mention of it coming three months after release...until it was released. Basically a big F-U to any PC gamers who pre-ordered. And that after the PC community so fervently defended the leak against piracy. I'm sure that won't be happening again should any further leaks from Crytek find their way on to the internet.

TestECull:
That's nice and all, but Cervat, how about making the game actually fun to play?

This. I would think this would be a more suitable use of their time considering this is a GAME we are talking about.

Making us wait 3 months for something that really should've been included when the game was released is a gift? Man, holiday season is going to be interesting this year.

I welcome this news. If Crytek want to keep their reputation of products that push the graphical envelope they need to be doing stuff like this. And yes I know a good game is not all about the graphics.

The graphical features they are rolling out with these patches are things that are going to be part of the next generation of consoles (tessellation, etc), so if Crytek want to be on top of their game they need to be dealing with it now. That means at the moment doing it on the PC, sorry console detractors, but that it how it works and how it has always has worked in the osmosis between PC and Consoles.

Crytek has always tried to push the graphics envelope, and I think that they have always done a decent job on aestetics, and did an excellent job with Crysis 2. So with this, I think that they have managed to circle around the, "Just right" area of impressiveness versus requirements. Once my computer comes back from being fixed (Yay for warrantes!) Ill have to check out the patch. The game was pretty, but seemed like it was missing something...

Also, Crysis 2, and all of Cryteks games, I think are solidly fun.

ImprovizoR:
Why are those guns so far up my face? Gun origins in Crysis 1 were perfect.

Wat

On Topic.

Does it really matter?

"HERP DERP NO DX11 = TEH SUCK!"

Looks better in DX9 than Crysis 1 did in DX10 to me.

Haters gonna hate, I guess.

I never got this.....Crysis 2 looks amazing, better than Crysis 1. I just thought it was an extremely optimised engine.....but the "TV Brightness" option made it an obvious PC port.

If they can make it look even better with a simple patch, I'm not complaining.

Complaining about the way most games look nowadays is ludricous and ridiculous, especially in an industry that is as overstretched budgetwise to meet the current graphic demands. The objective of any game developer is to put out a game that reaches as big a market as possible. As opposed to spending millions on something solely for the benefit for those who think a two year old Pc is "old". If you want to flaunt your wealth, buy a sports car or something.

Hmmm, just wondering... does this "gift" come to us who bought the game on Steam, now that the game's mysteriously vanished off the store?

"Too little, too late" scenario.
Now people might buy it as a fancy tech demo, but at 13, I doubt Crytek will be making any returns on it.

The same people that make demands about a sequel are the ones that whine when released. Combine that PC gaming's elitists attempting to "call the shots" and moaning about the console-ization of games. What's the problem with more people playing a game? In the end, developers getting trashed for making the game they wanted to.

OT: If they can make a game look better, fine with me. At least they're supporting they're game and taking some suggestions that were made when the game was released.

Wait, wasn't Crysis 2 released like a few months ago? Why wasn't this done a few weeks after it released?

By now, the game is more than dead.

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