Crysis 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts that is released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in March 2011. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game Crysis and its parallel expansion game, Crysis Warhead. The story was written by author Richard Morgan. It will be the first game to showcase the CryEngine 3 development engine.
Crysis 2 is set in New York City in the year 2023 (three years after the events of the first game), which has since been evacuated due to alien infestation. Similar to its predecessor, Crysis 2 provides freedom to customize weaponry and abilities. Crytek wanted to avoid making another game set in a jungle environment, as were Far Cry and Crysis; New York City has been dubbed an "urban jungle". The urban atmosphere offers more options in how to progress and plan attacks. Players will be able to navigate between floors and buildings, as well as destroy cityscape.
Players will play as "Alcatraz", a Delta Force operator, the new successor of "Nomad", from the first game. The protagonist steals the Nanosuit 2 from the Crynet Systems. As a consequence, Crynet Systems start a manhunt for the player. The Nanosuit 2 gives players more freedom in their options of how to tackle situations on the battlefield. The aliens have also undergone major redesigning, transforming the floating warriors from the first game into the even more lethal, armored bipedal war machines that stalk the ravaged New York. Crytek have stated their intention to surpass the original game graphically and have noted that combat in the game will be "catastrophically beautiful". Crytek have also claimed that Crysis 2 will have lower system requirements than the original game and also support stereoscopic 3D.
Crytek has teased the redesigned Nanosuit, called "NANOSUIT 2" in an advertising brochure, created by the in-game "Crynet Systems", the company behind the Nanosuits. The new Nanosuit supports new and upgraded features. However, suit functionality has been streamlined; there will be a period of time where players are able to use multiple power modes simultaneously before the suit fully restricts. There are two trailers, with one trailer showing the suit in a wire-frame state, the other showing the suit in a complete state. The suit is to feature many improvements over its predecessor, giving players freedom to upgrade their suits based on their own style of combat.
PC Gamer magazine published a preview of Crysis 2, showing a park and a destroyed city street with an alien device in the centre. In the article's interview Crytek hints at how the game will have "increased verticality" and will be set in a "new type of jungle" (New York City, a "concrete jungle").
On August 17, 2010 EA announced that there would be two special editions of the game.
The Limited Edition of Crysis 2 is available at the same price as the regular game, but in limited quantities. It comes with bonus experience points to "immediately boost the player up to Rank 5, giving access to all the preset class loadouts," a digital camo weapon skin for the SCAR, "Hologram Decoy" attachment for the SCAR, and unique in-game platinum dog tags.
The Nano Edition of Crysis 2 includes the Limited Edition copy of the game, an 11" statue of Prophet posed on top of a New York taxi, an art book, and a Nanosuit backpack "modeled after the in-game super suit." The Nano Edition will only be available via pre-order on the EA website.