Crysis Remastered trailer leaked, looks great for a 13-year-old game

Ray-tracing and a suite of other graphical upgrades are featured in the leaked trailer for Crysis 1 for PC and consoles.

It wasn’t supposed to be revealed until tomorrow, but the trailer for Crysis Remastered has already popped up online and considering the game’s age it’s brushed up remarkably well.

You can still tell it’s an older title – the character models and foliage give it away, and there’s something a bit off about the lighting – but considering it is just a remaster, and not a full remake, it’s an impressive effort. Especially as the video is only 1080p and the bitrate seems a bit low.

The remaster was announced back in April and promised a suite of state-of-the-art graphical effects, including temporal anti-aliasing, SSDO, SVOGI, volumetric fog, screen space reflections, and software-based ray-tracing.

Because it’s software-based the ray-tracing will work even on the Nintendo Switch version, although the trailer seems to be taken from the PC version, so there’s no proof of that yet.

Originally released in 2007, Crysis was famous for years as needing an extremely powerful PC to run with all the settings at maximum – something that was extremely difficult (or, rather, expensive) until relatively recently.

It’s almost a shame that’s what the game’s most famous for though as it was also a highly inventive first person shooter, with some very open-ended game design and the ability to customise your ‘nanosuit’ on the fly as you fight.

Subsequent sequels dumbed down the customisation options until the series faded away after Crysis 3 in 2013. Hopefully though, this remaster is an indication that a new game might be on the cards again.

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