"very traumatic experience" for the studio that upcoming sci-fi shooter Crysis 2 leaked so early.
The reason for such trauma? The leaked version is "really ugly" and they "don't want anyone to see" how ugly that is. Bugs 'might put gamers off'.
"Piracy is a real concern. The PS3 has been cracked now as well and people are downloading PS3 games and 360 games are being downloaded so that's a threat to just the industry in general," Nathan Camarillo of Crytek said .
"For us specifically, it was a very traumatic experience because we're really excited about the game and the quality that we were able to get into it and what we were able to accomplish... We're at the end and we're really excited about where we're at and your game gets leaked. And it's not even that the final version of the game gets leaked, you know?"
"People are like 'It's 40/45 days before launch, Crysis is leaked' but that build was already from the middle of January. With 250 people working on a project, thousands of bugs get fixed in a heartbeat," continued the producer.
"So that version is like a really ugly version that we don't want anyone to see..." Already parts of the game have been played and clips posted on YouTube, ruining the set up.
"...the first 25 minutes of the game and there's some really important story in there that we "wanted people to experience for the first time when they can continue to play the game for another hour or so after that."
"So we were really secretive with the story, not because we don't wanna tell you. We want you to have the whole experience of the whole final game. The awesome music that we created that's also on the internet for download now."
Now that the PlayStation 3 has been hacked open piracy is a huge concern for the platform. Killzone 3 became a hot torrent shortly after Crytek's beta of Crysis 2 leaked.
"We had announcements that we were gonna make with the talent that we worked with - we were so excited about that. All the movies; we spent a lot of time really thinking them through," added Camarillo.
"The loading screen movies are actually informative and tell you about the next mission; they're not fluff. They deliver story elements to you. All this stuff starts going up in pieces and even if someone downloads it and plays it themselves they might make a bad decision based on the fact that there are so many bugs in it."
"'Oh, there are so many bugs in the game I wanted to play. It's so buggy, I'm not gonna buy it now.'" That right now is Crytek's biggest fear from the leak. Crysis 2 releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC March 22nd in the US, the 24th in EU and on the 25th in the UK.