Electronic Arts has announced Crysis 3, the third game in German developer Crytek's futuristic shooter series, which will be released next spring.
The game once again casts players as Prophet, who returns to Crysis 2's New York City in the year 2047 to find it has been encased in a Nanodome by the nefarious Cell Corporation. Dubbed the New York City Liberty Dome, the city has been turned into a rainforest of sorts, overrun with trees and swamps, with rivers running through it.
Far from protecting the populations they house, the Nanodomes represent Cell's attempt at a land grab as it bids to take over the world. This sets the scene for Prophet's revenge mission, journeying across the Seven Wonders – the distinct districts into which the new-look New York has been divided – with an enhanced Nanosuit, a "lethal composite bow", and new alien technology at his disposal.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said: "Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love.
"Leveraging the latest CryEngine technology, we're able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game."
Both Crytek and EA are hoping their customers can't wait, either, and have already kicked off the game's pre-order campaign. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition grants players XP boosts, and early access to the bow and its attachments in multiplayer. Three further pre-order bonuses will be available from selected retailers.
Crysis 3 is in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be released in spring 2013. Look out for some in-depth coverage in our next issue, E241, which goes on sale on May 9.