A good news, bad news scenario from over the weekend - the Crysis 2 development team have officially responded
to the leak of an early development build of the game:
Crytek has been alerted that an early, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites. Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and playing the final, polished game on March 22.
Crysis 2 is still in development, and the team is hard at work on it and Crysis 2 promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the Nanosuit lets you be the weapon as you defend NYC from an alien invasion.
The statement ends with the statement: "Piracy continues to damage the PC development community" - though it seems in this case what did the damage was poor security practices on behalf of the developer/s responsible, and that piracy is just another handy scapegoat.
As always, AusGamers has an extremely anti-copyright-infringement attitude when it comes to video games (especially on the PC in the FPS world!), and we strongly encourage all gamers to ignore this build and wait for the PC demo which is due soon to get a representative sample of the game.
That leads on to the good news - the announcement that Crysis 2 will have dedicated servers
. While they will unfortunately not be freely available to anyone that wants to run one, it uses the Battlefield-style, meaning there are a large number of "ranked server providers" around the globe.
Australians will be happy to know that both Internode and BigPond GameArena are RSPs so there will be plenty of coverage for everyone.