Electronic Arts has confirmed that Crysis 3 is on the way, due to bring a new version of the CryENGINE game engine with it when it launches in early 2013.
A direct sequel to Crysis 2, the third game in the series sees player-character Prophet setting out on a mission of vengeance against the Cell Corporation following his discoveries of the second game. Much of the game will take place in New York, which has been encased in one of Cell's Nanodomes with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and rapid-filled rivers among the scene-setting backgrounds to the game.
'Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,' claimed Cevat Yerli, Crytek chief executive, at the announcement. '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.'
EA, for its part, has confirmed that it will be up to its usual tricks with a bunch of pre-order bonuses for those who want an edge in the game's multiplayer mode with a massive selection of retailer-exclusive editions.
As well as the standard release, EA is pushing the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition - which is available for pre-order on the company's Origin digital distribution service today. Buyers plumping for the $59.99 Hunter Edition get the base game plus early access to the new signature bow weapon and its various attachments, plus a Hunter module for Prophet's nanosuit which provides additional power and functionality. In addition, those who pre-order the pack will also receive an instant boost in experience points to level five, a unique skin for the bow, and three exclusive dog-tags.
As well as the Hunter Edition, there will be three retailer-exclusive editions. The Stalker Pack unlocks the semi-automatic Jackal shotgun with exclusive silencer attachment for use in multiplayer, custom skin plus two themed in-game dog-tags; the Overkill Pack unlocks the Typhoon assault weapon, custom skin and matching pair of dog-tags; while the Predator Pack unlocks the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camouflage.
While the skins and dog-tags will be exclusive to each retailer, the weapons are simply early unlocks and will be available in all versions of the game once the player reaches a high enough level.
A formal launch date has yet to be confirmed, with EA indicating a Q1 2013 launch on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.