Crysis 4 is officially on the way, according to a Wednesday statement from developer Crytek following a leak on Chinese social media.
Crytek's account on the Chinese social media site BiliBili broke the news ahead of schedule, posting a message that translates to "The 'Crysis 4' project is confirmed opening a new nano battlefield!" (H/T Eurogamer).
After a brief period of confusion, Crytek put out a teaser trailer confirming Crysis 4 was in development. The teaser is mostly a series of quick, impressionistic shots, showing images like a a sun becoming brighter, hexagonal pillars eroding and exploding, derelict skyscrapers toppling over, before wrapping up with a swarm of nanomachines coming together to form a giant four.
"Join the journey. Become the hero," reads the tagline under the 4.
Crytek CEO Avni Yerli confirmed this meant a fourth Crysis game — the title of which has yet to be nailed down — saying the game is "in the early stages of development so it will be a while yet, but we wanted to bring you the news at this time as we are so hyped for the future, and to let you know that we will be listening to our community."
The Crysis series of first-person shooters began in 2008 and is infamous for its graphics card-melting visual fidelity, and there seems little doubt this new installment will change up that aspect of the formula.
"As development progresses we will release more details when we can," Yerli said. "But in the meantime, know that our dedicated and talented team is working hard to bring you a truly next-gen shooter."
Crytek has released three mainline Crysis games and one expansion, technically making Crysis 4 the fifth game in the series. Crytek also put out Crysis Remastered in 2020, and then a Crysis Remastered Trilogy in 2021.