Crytek still not giving up on PC gamers

Last week, after an early build of Crysis 2 was leaked onto torrent sites, an angry announcement was posted to the game’s forums.

Posted by an Electronic Arts spokesperson, the message encouraged gamers to resist temptation until the game is officially released on March 22. It explains that the version doing the rounds is an “early incomplete, unfinished build”, and closes with the vague threat:

Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community.

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Over the weekend, gamers became increasingly concerned that this meant developers Crytek would completely abandon PC development as soon as Crysis 2 was released next month.

Keep in mind this is the same Crytek that had a history of PC exclusivity until the original Crysis was heavily pirated.

Company CEO Cevat Yerli may have taken a few days to think about it, but he’s come back to his adoring public with a simple announcement, straight from the horse’s mouth:

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!

Thank you,
Cevat Yerli

Everybody is currently pointing fingers in every direction across the interwebs. PC gamers in general are being blamed, console gamers are getting dragged into the mess, and the argument has popped up a couple of times that “if we’d been given a playable demo, we wouldn’t have to steal the game”.

The general consensus, however, is that perhaps Crytek and EA should take a closer look at their security. Obviously the leak came from inside one of the two companies – rather than punishing the gamers, shouldn’t you punish the real culprit?

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