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Crysis 2, Killzone 3 Already hitting BitTorrent

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Friday brought reports that a (near-final) developer build of Crysis 2 found its way into the BitTorrent pipeline. The 9.22 GB build featured the full game, the multiplayer portion, the DRM Solidshield master key for the online authentication and the CryEngine 3 editor.

Shortly after the leak was made known, Electronic Arts posted a response on the Crysis 2 website. "Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites," the company said. "Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22."

"Crysis 2 is still in development and promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the series’ signature Nanosuit lets you be the weapon as you defend NYC from an alien invasion," EA added. "Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community."

According to Crytek, piracy is the very reason why it decided to develop for consoles in addition to the PC. "We are suffering currently from the huge piracy that is encompassing Crysis," said Crytek's Cevat Yerli back in 2008. "We seem to lead the charts in piracy by a large margin, a chart leading that is not desirable. I believe that’s the core problem of PC Gaming, piracy. To the degree PC Gamers that pirate games inherently destroy the platform. Similar games on consoles sell factors of 4-5 more. It was a big lesson for us and I believe we wont have PC exclusives as we did with Crysis in future. We are going to support PC, but not exclusive anymore."

Crytek isn't the only developer currently feeling the stab of piracy. Guerrilla Games' upcoming Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3 has also entered the BitTorrent current just one week before its release. The 41.4 GB torrent is the European version of the Blu-ray game and includes 3D output. A second torrent will reportedly be available soon without the 3D aspect, reducing the download to half. Naturally pirates will need a hacked PlayStation 3 to play the unreleased game.

Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3 launches in North America on February 22. Crysis 2 will arrive in the States exactly one month later (March 22) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

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    flaminggerbil , 15 February 2011 02:47
    Yet pirates will be amongst the ones who complain as developers give up on the PC.

    There is no excuse for piracy, you're assisting the ruin of PC gaming, stop being such thieving bastards, thanks.
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    mrmad , 15 February 2011 06:01
    Whilst piracy is inexcusable the media industry continues to charge excessive prices for their product, be it games, movies or music. How much profit is enough. What happened to turn over as a means to profit . I refuse to pay more than fifty (AUD) so am happy to wait till prices come down.
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    Herr_Koos , 15 February 2011 13:16
    Pirates Ye Be Warned.

    I doubt they will listen until it's too late though.
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    Shaun o , 15 February 2011 18:48
    Kind of makes me sorry, If a game is worth playing then buy it.
    Like Herr_Koos says the day is going to come, where no games are made for the PC due to Pirates.

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    hanrak , 16 February 2011 03:29
    And you idiots lapping up this EA sponsored crap didnt ever think they were going to solely develop for consoles anyway? Come on, they have for a long time been able to charge excessive prices for games on consoles and make twice as much or in this guys own words 5 times as much as PC gaming. Yes some of it is due to piracy the other 2 thirds are greed on behalf of corporations.

    Did just any one of you people who commented realise that console games are priced 10 to 20 pounds/dollars more than PC games and its the same game? Would anyone of you possibly realise this is where the big mark up difference is?

    Cryteck sold out to PC gamers the min they knew they could double their profit and its common sense. Most people would do the same, easy money.

    The thing is i also remember when crytek first started out as a small group making their name and reached what they are now, due to the PC. You think there are not a million small developers now trying the same thing and wont have the same results?

    The PC is the experimental ground, always has been, always will be and nothing paid employees of EA or big corporations say or do will change that.

    On a side note i also predict this game will be a flop, time will tell.

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    Anonymous , 30 March 2011 09:32
    PC piracy has always destroyed the profits of games developers. The BBC Micro and the Amiga both lost a fortune because of copied games. Elite on the BBC was cutting edge but hardly anyone I knew had a legal copy of it, including the teachers at school. The Amiga virtually went bankrupt because of piracy, even though it was the best computer around for games and the best games out were on the Amiga. Remember the Bitmap Brothers games like Xenon 2, Speedball 2, Gods etc? Superb games, fantastic graphics and all on 512MB.

    Crytek have tried to follow in the paths of previous great games developers by producing visually stunning games that are better than anything else out there; they succeeded with Far Cry, Crysis, Crysis Warhead. But at what cost? They must have lost a fortune from the number of illegal downloads. Crysis 1 is far superior to any Call of Duty game (even now) but Activision will be the ones that make the millions, not Crytek. I would love to know how many PC gamers played Crysis 1, legal or not - it wouldn't surprise me if the numbers exceeded COD.

    Unfortunately, too many PC gamers have obtained pirate copies of the Crysis and Far Cry so who can blame Crytek for going to develop on platforms where most people buy the games? I bought my copies of Far Cry and Crysis because it was my way of paying Crytek for the games they had made and my way of telling them to carrying on producing fantastic, cutting edge games.