After last week's leak, EA and developer Crytek have officially announced Crysis 3 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The game will launch in spring 2013.
Crysis 3 is the latest "sandbox shooter" in the Crysis series, taking place in the year 2047 in a "Nanodome" that has encased all of New York City. This "Liberty Dome," created by the corrupt Cell Corporation, is a "veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers." There are seven distinct districts housed inside the Liberty Dome. In order to survive this dangerous jungle, main character Prophet — returning from Crysis 2 — will have his trusty nanosuit at his disposal, as well as a new composite bow.
"Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love," said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. "Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we're able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game."
Speaking of getting our hands on the game — it's going to be a long wait. But even if Crysis 3 isn't hitting shelves until spring of 2013, EA is already allowing eager gamers the chance to pre-order the "Hunter Edition" of Crysis 3 today. The Hunter Edition grants early access to the game's signature bow and its attachments in multiplayer, as well as the "Hunter" nanosuit module which "adds additional power and functionality to the suit." Players will also get an XP boost up to level 5, a unique bow skin and three exclusive dog tags to "hunt in style."
The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition is available to pre-order on Origin.com and at participating retailers.
In addition to the Hunter Edition, certain retailers are offering more unique multiplayer unlocks for pre-ordering the game, as listed below.
Stalker Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: for players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
Overkill Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
Predator Pack — Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60 round magazine the Feline is highly effective and deadly, at short range.
Lastly, peep the game's first screenshots and box art (click each to enlarge).