Posted on April 30, 2012, Ben Richardson Crytek Bemoans Piracy
Speaking to PC Gamer’s Tom Francis at the San Francisco Crysis event we covered last week, Senior Creative Director Rasmus Højengaard was asked whether Crytek was considering extra anti-piracy measures, in light of how much Crysis 2 was pirated last time out. Here is his response:
“I can’t say. It’s unfortunate that you don’t win any awards for most downloaded game. But yeah, obviously it’s something we’d like to address. Certainly people apparently really want to play our games, they just don’t wanna buy them. So we’ll do what we can, but whatever that’s gonna be is hard to say yet.”
Højengaard may be right, but there’s an alternative explanation: since gamers often pirate titles they’re unsure about, is it possible that people were just on the fence about Crysis 2, and decided to take the mouse-finger discount rather than pay full price for a potentially disappointing game?
Regardless of the reason, let’s hope that Crytek doesn’t do anything rash with Crysis 3. Developer opinions on the piracy issue range from the sensible to the silly, but one thing is consistent: nothing can ruin a game like over-aggressive DRM.