Yesterday, Geoff posted a story about Crytek’s upcoming shooter Crysis 2 being leaked online. The PC version is out there and playable from beginning to end. It’s depressing as hell. Pirates are bastard thieves and legitimate PC gamers suffer alongside the developers and programmers who have poured thousands of hours into making a game.
Every time a game of this calibre gets leaked and pirated early, it sparks the same debate amongst gamers. Console fanboys take cheap shots, pirates try to justify their unscrupulous behaviour (and fail miserably) and people who really care about the industry just get all emo. Crytek, however, are one of the few developers left who actually care about the PC as a gaming platform. After yesterday’s news of Crysis 2’s leak, many (myself included) postulated on whether or not this would be the last straw for Crytek. Why should a company continually make games for a platform that has a user base predominantly made up of thieves who steal their final products? Crytek would not have been blamed for throwing in the towel on PC development.
Cevat Yerli, the head of Crytek, has reassured PC fans that they have no intention of doing that, and I find his attitude completely amazing.
In a post on the official Crysis forums, Yerli had the following to say to loyal fans:
As you all have heard by now, an early, incomplete build of Crysis 2 has been leaked online. While we are deeply disappointed by these events, we are all completely overwhelmed by the support we have received from you, our community.
Despite this unfortunate incident, we can assure you that PC gaming is very important to us and will always be important to Crytek in the future. We are all still focused on delivering a great gaming experience to our true and honest fans. I hope you will enjoy Crysis 2 on PC, as we think it is our best PC game yet!
We appreciate all of your continued support, and look forward to playing online with you soon!
This guy needs a medal, and PC gaming needs to count its blessings. If I were in his position I don’t think I would have had the humility or faith in humanity to come forward and say that. But that’s probably why I just write about games and he makes them.
Anyway, here’s the newest story trailer for Crysis 2; it looks suitably epic and I will be buying the PC version on day one.
Last Updated: February 15, 2011