Crytek Engine business manager Harald Seeley has confirmed in an interview with Next-Gen that the recently announced Crysis Warhead will remain a PC exclusive due to being so far along in development. All of Crytek’s future projects are still planned to be multiplatform, however, due to the developer’s problem with high piracy rates.
“Of course Warhead has been under development for quite some time, and we had no desire or intention to disappoint our loyal PC fans. So, after some careful consideration, we decided to continue our support for the PC Crysis franchise with this release. But yes, all new franchises we develop in the future will be created with a cross platform strategy in mind.”
Seeing as Crytek is so concerned with piracy, it stands to reason that they might decide to go overboard with DRM, but thankfully Seeley reveals that this might not be the case.
“While we are certainly very concerned about piracy and copy protection, we are also concerned about the potential opposite problem, that of inconveniencing legitimate buyers with newer measures that interfere too greatly with their enjoyment of the product. So we are carefully considering all possible options here, however we are not yet at a stage where we have made a final decision.“
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It’s good to see a developer realize that adding intrusive DRM really does nothing but tick off the Internet at large and make consumers that bought the game feel rightfully inconvenienced. Not to mentioned the hackers it spurns on who erroneously see their actions as some sort of righteous endeavor against “the man.”