Whatever the future heralds it will "take benefit of online," noted CEO Yerli, but it might not stay a first-person shooter. Crytek have given the team a "really blank-sheet" to work with.
Does a free-to-play future mean no singleplayer? Not necessarily as Yerli points out their F2P shooter Warface supports PvE for single or co-op players to enjoy.
"In Warface we have a strong PvE focus for you and your friends. So when you play with your friends you have a highly replayable story mode experience and that's very unique in the online world right now. Crysis is actually more destined to be like that," said Cevat Yerli in our interview.
"Crysis is a much more cinematic IP. It can have, in my opinion, a single player-esque experience but I wouldn't call it single player. We have a different name and a different concept that's very challenging in mind, game structure wise. The future is going to take benefit of online, it's going to take benefit of social, it's probably going to be free-to-play."
"But the future of Crysis is going to be great. Crysis will exist but what as, we don't know yet. Whether it's even going to be first-person, whether it's going to be an RPG or an MMO, honestly I don't know. We're experimenting. We said to the team we want to be really blank-sheet, we want to have elements of Crysis in there but we don't want to say it has to continue the story ten years after Crysis 3. We didn't want to limit ourselves. We want to innovate again."
Crytek is really pushing for a free-to-play future for the company as they believe it's where everything is heading, and it's why the developer could stop making console titles if platform holders shirk support for the business model.
Crysis 3 releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC February 17th in the US, 22nd in EU.