To no one's surprise -- largely because we were all told it was happening today -- Electronic Arts officially confirmed the existence of Crytek's "sandbox shooter" sequel, Crysis 3 along with plans for a spring 2013 release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms. The game will put players back in the shoes of Prophet, who returns to New York City to find it completely encased in a Nanodome constructed by the Cell Corporation.
The environment inside the so-called "New York City Liberty Dome" has changed the Big Apple pretty completely, with "seven distinct and treacherous environments" known as the "Seven Wonders." The press release specifically mentions rainforest and swampland environments, as well as a new toy for Prophet: a composite bow. You saw just that in the recently leaked promo image for Crysis 3, the same one that led EA to prematurely confirm today's reveal.
The new game's story opens in 2047, with Prophet now out for revenge after learning that Cell Corporation's Nanodome quarantines are part of a larger goal of -- what else? -- global domination. The alien Ceph forces are still around as well, and they still don't care so much for the human race. In other words, Prophet will be pointing his cocked bow at beings of many shapes and sizes.
The announcement also marks the launch of Crysis 3's pre-order campaign. Those who step up and put down some money on the game early will be rewarded with Crysis 3 Hunter Edition ($59.99), which offers some boosts on the multiplayer side of the game. In other news, multiplayer is confirmed for Crysis 3.
The Hunter Edition boost starts with enough XP to kick off your multiplayer play at level 5, early access to the composite bow "and its attachments," the Hunter Nanosuit module "which adds additional power and functionality to the super-suit," a special skin for the bow, and three dog tags.
There are also three retailer-specific pre-order packages that you can see the details of below, ripped straight from the press release. It's not clear at the time of this writing which pack goes with which retailer.
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.
Still want more? Keep on scrolling to see a few more images and bits of concept art, plus pack shots for the three versions of the game.