As we wait for Crytek to unveil their newest game in the Crysis series, leaked footage of “Crysis Battleground” has appeared online, showcasing early gameplay stripped from the in-development battle royale shooter.
Reportedly sourced from last year’s Crytek hack back in November 2020, the way this Crysis Battleground (also referred to as Crysis Next) gameplay footage has been edited is pretty unconventional as far as leaks go. It’s done in the same garish style as this memorable Halo 4 leak from 2012, using off-screen recorded video.
Focus on the footage and you’ll be able to pick out a number of details, including the ability for players to switch between third and first person view as they navigate a large map, gathering resources and weapons from crates in an attempt to outwit and outlive their opponents. In one scene, we see the player deploy a drone that carries them through the air, dropping them at another location.
Naturally, Crytek have yet to comment on the alleged leak. A battle royale game set in the Crysis universe sounds very plausible though this footage could depict a prototype of a cancelled project. A leaked description of Crysis Next describes the unannounced game as:
A free to play battle-royale game where 100s of players collide in fast paced combat. Visual customization, adaptive nanosuit powers, and visually spectacular combat in an immersive world creates the ultimate live streaming experience. The Crysis franchise has all the features to make a battle royale stand out. The gameplay. The style and setting. High production value.
Other project mentioned within the same leaked documents also include Crysis VR, Robinson 2 (a sequel to VR game, Robinson: The Journey), a mobile version of Hunt: Showdown, and “Ryse Next”, presumably a sequel to 2013 Xbox One launch title, Ryse.
Whatever Crytek have planned, it’s clear that they aren’t done with Crysis – last year saw the launch of Crysis Remastered on PC and consoles, rumours suggesting that both Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 (along with its multiplayer component) are also due for a re-release.