When Crytek announced a remaster for the original Crysis fans would come out this year, fans were excited to see how much the game’s legendary graphics would improve – but a leaked trailer has disappointed so many fans over the graphics changes Crytek is now having the game’s release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One pushed through several weeks.
On July 10, Crytek announced the Nintendo Switch version will “still” arrive on July 23, suggesting that other versions may launch as early as August.
A trailer with some gameplay and that July 23 release date initially leaked on YouTube, and the images left a bad taste in some fans’ mouths. Several noted that the game’s graphics remained significantly unchanged from the 2007 original; a fan even said the remaster “looks like original Crysis but with the lowest settings.”
You can decide whether the game is too similar to a 10+ year old game:
Crysis, a sci-fi first-person shooter series originally released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 praised for its graphic design and remained a reference for people looking to test the power of their gaming PC builds. (Graphics reliability is guaranteed a meme that’s still going on 10 years later.) So, when Crytek agreed to remaster the game with “high-quality textures and enhanced art assets”, yet inexplicably the “can-it-run-Crysis” test on a Nintendo Switch would pass, we certainly raised our ears.
Crytek acknowledged the leaks and disappointed fans by promising to work a bit more on the game. “This extra time until release will allow us to make it Crysis Remastered up to the PC and console-breaking standard you’re used to Crysis games, ”said Crytek a statement on July 1.
In the game industry, it’s not uncommon for games to be delayed once or even several times, although it is rare for a game to be delayed due to fan backlash. Crysis Remaster‘s delay reflects a similar move made by the film industry last year when Paramount released the film adaptation release date of Sonic the hedgehog after it got slack in the design of the titular blue hedgehog.
Update July 10, 3:28 PM ET: Crytek has now confirmed that Crysis Remastered will be launched on Switch on July 23.