Crytek CEO calls Crysis 3 a “masterpiece”, defends against negative critics

Monday, 4 March 2013 10:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Crysis 3 is developer Crytek’s “masterpiece”, according to CEO Cevat Yerli. Despite a mixed batch of reviews, Yerli places the game’s critical response on “fatigue” in the market, and has stated that it’s better then the first two games.

Speaking with Gamasutra Yerli called Crysis 3, “our masterpiece”, and added, “The relative impact that Crysis 3 has created is lower than what Crysis 1 did. But I would think at any level it’s better than Crysis 2, and it’s certainly still better than Crysis 1. People remember Crysis 1 much bigger than it was, because it had a high impact.”

He went on to explain that gamers’ fatigue at current consoles is to blame for Crysis 3’s weakened impact, “The markets are down. People’s expectations are much more radical than the current generation of games are doing. I think the new generation of consoles will reinvigorate that and help to elevate that again, and elevate new concepts of gaming which old platforms are right now limiting, too.

“The consoles are eight year old devices. Of course, in one way or another, they will limit you. It’s impossible not to be limited by a limited console. By definition it’s the case. So if it were PC only, could we have done more things? Certainly, yes. Could we have afforded a budget to make a game like Crysis 3 PC only? No. People have to understand that this is a journey of give and take.”

Yerli’s been talking a lot recently, and has been getting some readers upset. Last week he said that >“the notion of a single-player experience has to go away”. What do you make of that?

Thanks >MCV.