Crysis 2 delayed, Need for Speed SHIFT 2 stealthily announced for 2011

Above: No seriously, you don't have to be a drooling gearhead to find SHIFT awesome

We know you’ve all read through EA’s Q1 financial report by now, right? But for the awkward minority who haven’t done so yet, this’ll come as a bit of a spoiler… Among the many licensed titles and alarming number of games ending in “11,” was an oh-so quiet whisper confirming the existence of Need For Speed: SHIFT 2. Fantastic news IMO, although I’m admittedly bit biased. I loved the midrace milestones and serious focus of last year’s SHIFT, and my E3 hands-on with Criterion’s multiplayer based Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit update didn’t blow my hair back. (Even though everybody else I talked to called the cat-and-mouse approach one of their best experiences they’d had with NFS in years. Go figure)

Above: Hot Pursuit, thankfully still on track for November

To be fair, I’m pretty sure it was because I was playing with a bunch of newbies on the showfloor, who spent most of their time pulling themselves off guard rails and out of ditches, leaving me to drive around aimlessly in total boredom. Plus I’m weary of all online racers, as they tend to breed bullies and gameplay-shattering latency glitches. Whatever, I’m 100% behind another SHIFT… which means you should be, too. (Or else!)

Above: Hopefully consumers won't have to decide between Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm early next year

Now for the bad news: Right next to SHIFT 2 in that 4th Quarter time frame was Crysis 2, which unfortunately means Crytek’s latest won’t ship until at least January 2011, at the earliest. Odder still, print adverts have already teased that the game would be released during the "Holidays," and bumping Crysis 2 into a Q4 timeframe pits it against Bulletstorm, also published by EA. Uh oh, one company releasing multiple games within weeks of one another even though they're designed to appeal to the same audience… Who do you think you are EA, Activision?

Aug 3, 2010


  • dphoenix192 - August 4, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    @GLuna46 Well, I wouldn't just be building a pc to play Crysis 1, I wouldn't be satisfied until it was able to play any game at its highest settings.
  • CARDYKEV - August 4, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    "No seriously, you don't have to be a drooling gearhead to find SHIFT awesome" Just someone who enjoys a racing game without any sense of handling?
  • Wolverine08 - August 4, 2010 10:02 a.m.

    DAMMIT. I was waiting for November, saving my pennies then they go and delay Crysis 2, which looks brilliant. I don't care as much about Shift 2, I want GRID 2! come on Codemasters it's SO happening...
  • Ninjadmin - August 4, 2010 7:54 a.m.

    Woo! SHIFT 2! :)
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 4, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    I'm talking about crysis 2 of course. sorry for double post.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 4, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    As long as this game isn't released in the same month as The Last Guardian, Twisted Metal, Killzone 3, or Resistance 3(if it's coming next year) this game might have a chance at getting boughen by me.
  • Spybreak8 - August 4, 2010 6:22 a.m.

    Of course they're making a SHIFT 2, they have to compete with GRID 2. OH god I'm probably going to buy both, how sad. Seriously I can't wait for GRID 2 or DIRT 3, whichever comes out first.
  • GLuna46 - August 4, 2010 6:19 a.m.

    u dont really need to have a high tec pc to play crysis 1, i bought a $120 graphics card and i can run it at high, but not on maximum tho
  • taterboob - August 4, 2010 6:01 a.m.

    Yet ANOTHER game slips into the late winter/early spring window. So, instead of overcrowding the holiday season, they're overcrowding another time of year. C'mon, fellas, spread those releases throughout the year if you don't want to go the way of Alan Wake and Lost Planet 2.
  • Teazey - August 4, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    This is good. I have more time to save the money to buy all the games that I want lol.
  • smallberry - August 4, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    A Crysis 2 delay makes me think they're waiting for PC gamers to buy new hardware so more people can run it by the time it drops. They did something similar when the original was coming out. They waited for not only early adopters to grab the 8800GTX but mid range guys like me to pick up the 8800GTS and then let the game out the door.
  • dphoenix192 - August 4, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    I really would like to have played Crysis 1 and 2, but I could never afford to build a gaming PC(Okay so I spent $5,000 on games/consoles over the past year, but I can't bring myself to spend $3,000 at one time). I also don't want to play Crysis 2 until I play 1. Also, I have never been into racing games, so I'm much more excited about Hot Pursuit than Shift.
  • CountFenring - August 4, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    Well dang, I wanted to jump around in a nanosuit this year.
  • TDUBBS - August 4, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    @mastersword369: He's just being modest.
  • mastersword369 - August 4, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Oh no, I can't decide what to buy. Thank fully, a wonderful GR Super Review should help clear things up. Either way, very informative. idk why Chris thinks his features are "horrible".
  • oufour - August 4, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    i will buy bulletsotrm over crysis 2 any day.
  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 4, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Well, there goes the hope for moderate sales of Bulletstorm. Unless they're delaying that game too.

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