Crysis Monthly Update #10 - Feb 2009

Welcome to the “Crysis Monthly Update #10", the monthly report for our world-wide community. This time around we've got information on some of the awards Crysis Warhead picked up over the last month, we've got info on Crytek UK along with the upcoming release of Crysis Maximum Edition and an old community member becomes an official Crytek Community Representative. All this any more!

Content: Crysis Monthly Update – January 2009
  • Crysis Warhead Awards

  • Free Radical Design becomes Crytek UK

  • Crysis Maximum Edition

  • Community Update Corner

  • New Crytek Community Representative

  • Whats to come?
Crysis Warhead Wins more awards!
Crytek has picked up yet more awards this time in the form of VE3D and VES awards. Check out the information on them below.

VES Award
just one night before the Oscars - the Visual Effects Society held its now seventh annual awards ceremony for outstanding work in TV and movies in Los Angeles. Crysis Warhead was honoured for its outstanding real time visuals and took home one of the much-coveted awards. The game thus directly succeeded to last year’s winner “Halo 3”.

VE 3D Awards
Voodoo Extreme 3D picked Crysis Warhead for one of the best and brightest games of 2008. At Voodoo Extreme's 2008 Game of the Year Awards Crysis Warhead took the award for "Best Graphics". It thus directly succeeded to Crysis, last year’s winner in the graphics-category.
The VE 3D Awards cover a wide range of gaming with 16 categories spread across many gaming platforms and genres.

Free Radical becomes Crytek UK
We're really pleased to announce that Free Radical Design have joined the ranks of Crytek and shall now be known as Crytek UK. We'd like to welcome the guys to the team and hope for them to settle in well to the Crytek family. For all those of you who are speculating on what Crytek UK will be working on, that's still an unknown so you'll have to keep guessing. The official press release is below:

Nottingham based developer to become Crytek UK
Frankfurt a. M. (Germany) / Nottingham (United Kingdom), February 4th 2009 - Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”) announced today that it has acquired all assets and business of Free Radical Design Limited (“Free Radical”). Free Radical is based in Nottingham, United Kingdom and is known for the multi-award winning Timesplitters series. The studio will now be integrated into Crytek’s network.

Avni Yerli, Managing Director of Crytek, said, “We’re very excited about this step to expand Crytek into the UK with such an experienced and highly talented team. Free Radical Design is a great fit to Crytek and its culture, given that Free Radical has a proven track record on delivering high quality games. The combination of this team, the Crytek network and our CryENGINE technology will be a foundation for outstanding gaming experiences and a magnet for the best talent in the UK.”

Related Links:
- Forumbeitrag @ Maximum Edition
Finally, gamers can get their hands on the entire Crysis world in Crysis Maximum Edition. The 2007 PC Game of the Year* is packaged along with the critically acclaimed parallel story, Crysis Warhead, and the explosive multiplayer combat of Crysis Wars. For newcomers to the Crysis world, Crysis Maximum Edition gives players chance to don the Nanosuit in three different games for one low price. Whether they’re saving mankind from an alien apocalypse or fighting alongside friends in online team instant action matches, there is something for everyone in Crysis Maximum Edition.


  • Confront an ancient alien terror to save mankind from extinction
  • Adapt your approach- change combat tactics by customizing your Nanosuit in real time
  • Fight as the volatile Sergeant Sykes on a secret mission to stop the enemy from obtaining a weapon that threatens humanity
  • Discover what happened on the other side of the island in a campaign that takes place at the same time as the events of Crysis
  • Never play the same way twice- experiment with going stealth or with guns blazing in over-the-top action
  • Engage in many explosive multiplayer game modes on 21 total maps
  • Up to 32 players can battle it out on foot or by vehicle in Team Instant Action, Power Struggle, and other online game modes

Community Update Corner

InCrysis Fan Art
Crysis fansite inCrysis. The team there have recently compiled a collection of various screenshots and works of ToD art that really stand out from the rest, be it due to artistic skills or near photorealism. A lot of our own forum members have produced work that is featured there, as well as many modders from different sites, so please congratulate them all for their amazing work.

This is merely a small taster of the full collection, which features art and screenshots from Crysis modders everywhere.

ESL Level Design Contest

Welcome to an official Crymod news regarding the new Crysis Wars level design competition being hosted by ESL (The Electronic Sports League). The guys over at the league initiated a level design tournament yesterday (15th February) and the contest runs until 15th March, so launch Sandbox2 and start designing! In this news post we've got information on rules, requirements, and prizes, so read on if you feel like winning some fantastic prizes for your Sandbox2 creations.

About The Tournament
Shown below we've got a few of the rules and regulations for the tournament; make sure you read these carefully to avoid being disqualified during the judge evaluation.

  • When will the contest start and end?
    The ESL Crysis Wars level design contest runs from February 15th to March 15th.

  • How big should I make the level?
    This is up to you, but it will be played by two players in 1on1 mode so design your levels accordingly.

  • Should I be excluding any weapons?
    Yes - make sure that the FGL-40 Grenade Launcher, Smoke Grenades and Rocket Launcher are unavailable for use on your level to conform to map standards.

  • Who will be judging the winners?
    Two members of the ESL admin staff as well as two members of the staff will be judging the final levels.

  • What should I upload in my finished files?
    In your .rar or .zip file, you should include a short level description, 3-5 screenshots that show off the best qualities of the level, as well as the latest .cry file, any .lyr layer files that you have used, and any custom materials/objects.

  • How should I submit my level?
    Send an email with your .rar or .zip linked/attached to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. You will need to register and add your ESL user ID to the e-mail to be able to participate in the contest.

Contest Prizes
The three level designers with the best creations will recieve prizes in this event; these are listed below. As well as this, the best five levels will be placed on the 1on1 AIM Map Ladder.

First Place
The first place winner will receive a Crysis t-shirt and a three months premium membership with ESL.

Second Place
The contestant coming in second place will recieve a Crysis bag and a two months premium membership wth ESL.

Third Place
The third place contestant will recieve a Crysis mousemat and a one month premium membership with ESL.

Good luck to all the entrants from Crymod! We hope to see some amazing work in progress 1on1 levels grazing the forums in the upcoming weeks; for more information see the original ESL announcement here.

Related Links:
- ESL Announcement: Map Contest
- Forum Thread: ESL Map Contest

- Crymod Staff Team

Cry-McGinge new Crytek Community Representative
We’re pleased to be able to announce that as of today March 1st, Sam ‘McGinge’ Howels has joined the team here at Crytek in the position of Community Representative. Sam’s main focus will be the Crymod portal. This means that Sam will now be an administrator on Crymod and will be in charge of the team that run it. It also means he’ll have regular contact with Cry-Eddy and other members of the Crytek team in order to put across the correct messages and information to the community, while giving your feedback to us.

I’d personally like to welcome Sam to the community team, and I’m more than cofident he’ll do a fantastic job. Welcome Sam!

We also have a message from him which is in quotes below.

Hey community!

For those of you who don't already know me from Crymod around the forums, I'm Sam Howels (known better as McGinge) and I've been part of this community for over a year now. I've seen these forums grow hugely in their aptitude at modding for Crysis, and it's been great to have been part of one of the most genuine, friendly and helpful modding websites on the net as it grew from a small group of enthusiasts to successful modding community. After working on the staff for just over a year, I am now able to contribute to this site more than ever before as I step into the role of a Crytek Community Representative.

As a Crytek Community Representative, I will be directly interacting with both Crytek and the community in making sure that Crymod and the modding tools are supported and maintained by the developers to suit the community’s needs. Conversely I will also be passing down official news to the community on the latest happenings at Crytek so that you're always the first to know the latest developments about the games, tools and sites that you care about. I will also be running the portal itself, making sure that the forums are maintained well, news is posted, and that Crymod continues to function as it should.

I look forward to settling in to my new role over the next few weeks, and can't wait to become even more involved in this fantastic community.

See you all on the forums!

Sam (McGinge)

Whats to come?
We at Crytek are well aware that the big thing on the communities mind right now is when is the editor going to be released, and as much as we'd like to be able to give out a date, right now we're still in testing and don't have one. However, in the run up to the release of the editor we're working on many things so that when the editor is made available you'll be able to get to grips with it straight away.

We're working on updated tutorials for you, and not just any, but the ones you specifically want to see. We're also working on slight redesigns for both Crymod and the CryWiki to make them a lot more accessible to you whilst also providing plenty more content, these changes are in the works and will be launched just before the editor. As for the SDK and Editor, there will be a video announcement in an upcoming note to the community which should also be available from in March.

So although we still don't have a release date for the editor yet, we've got plenty in the works for when it is released and an update about it sometime this month. So for those of you that are disappointed just hold tight a little bit longer and the editor will soon be here!

Related links:
- Crysis Monthly Update #9 - January 2009
- Crysis Monthly Update #8 – December 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #7 - November 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #6 - October 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #5 - September 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #4 - August 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #3 - July 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #2 - June 2008
- Crysis Monthly Update #1 - May 2008
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