EA has yet to officially announce Crysis 3, but the publisher let the cat out of the bag today when it emerged that its digital distribution service Origin was carrying box art for the game and listings for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
The title is officially set to be revealed next week, but one leak led to another and a number of ‘first details’ reports, mainly emanating from Eastern Europe, soon hit the net. Leaked artwork (below) depicts a Nanosuit clad protagonist drawing a futuristic bow and arrow, standing against the backdrop of a city environment.
According to CVG, which rounded up early details from a number of sites, Crysis 3 is set for release in spring 2013. The game is said to take place in a largely destroyed New York which mixes urban and jungle elements, thus combining the settings of the first and second numbered games in the series.
Approached for comment on the leaks, a Crytek spokesperson joked: "What can we say other than that the best kept secret in shooters just can't be contained. We will share more information next Monday, April 16."
While the leak is unlikely to greatly concern the German developer or publishing partner EA, both will be hoping to avoid similar problems to those faced with Crysis 2 both in the run-up to release and post-launch. A month before the game’s March 2011 debut a late development build, featuring the full singleplayer campaign, multiplayer and DRM keys, leaked onto torrent sites. Crysis 2 went on to become the most pirated game of 2011, with the PC version alone downloaded 3.92 million times, according to Bittorrent blog Torrentfreak.