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'Crysis 3' release date announced, cinematic series confirmed

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Crysis 3's release date has been announced by Electronic Arts.

The first-person shooter sequel will launch on February 19 in North America and February 22 in Europe for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
The news was accompanied by an announcement that the game's launch will be preceded by a series of cinematic shorts created by Book of Eli co-director Albert Hughes.

Titled 'The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3', the series, which debuts on December 12, will explore the game's environment, weapons and enemies.

Hughes, who has also worked on Menace II Society and From Hell, said that he was drawn to the idea of telling an emotional story using only computer-generated images.

"When EA and Crytek approached me about being involved in creating 'The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3' video series, I liked the idea of creating emotional stories using only computer-generated images.

"The challenge of producing something intensely human without ever seeing a human on screen was incredibly compelling, and the technology of the CryEngine that Crytek developed enabled me to do that and venture into a completely unique medium of storytelling."



Crysis 3 will feature a full single-player campaign in which New York has been encased in a 'Nanodome' by the Cell Corporation.

The dome has created a natural environment within the city, adding a rainforest, swamplands and rivers, as well as seven distinct locations named the Seven Wonders.

The game's multiplayer, which is called Hunter mode, pits two players equipped with nanosuits and a bow and arrow against up to 14 heavily armed Cell soldier players.

Each time a Cell player is killed, they respawn as another hunter, gradually shifting the team balance as the match goes on. The hunter nanosuit allows players to become invisible, making the mode closely resemble the movie Predator.

Matches end when either all players are on the hunter team, or when time runs out and the remaining Cell players are evacuated from the area.

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Watch a trailer for Crysis 3 below:

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