Crytek and EA appeal to fans over Crysis 2 leak

It's been a rough weekend for Crytek. Late last Friday, an unfinished build of Crysis 2 surfaced on torrent sites across the net, heralding yet another victory for entitled, cheapass pirates while simultaneously making it harder for legitimate PC gamers to have nice things. Predictably, Crytek and EA are unimpressed.

“Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites. Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news,” reads the latest post on the official Crysis 2 blog.

“We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22...Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community.”

No one is saying who leaked the 9.22GB file in question, but the torrent itself is said to be a near-complete version of the game that will be released on March 22nd. Its description reads, “This is the full version, but an early build, leaked to the network. You can run any level, there are rollers, etc. But it is visible that the beta – some of the inscriptions are not final, etc.”

Not final? This is a travesity! Our deep-felt condolenses go out to all who downloaded this file for free only to be subjected to a sub-par version of a game that took a talented army of developers countless hours of toil and sweat to produce. Seriously though, cut the crap already; you're ruining it for the rest of us.

Feb 14, 2011

[Source: Crysis 2 Blog via]


  • jmcgrotty - February 15, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Nobody is talking about the bigger actual problem with the leak. The leaked copy also contained the master keys to the games piracy protection.
  • teenlonewolf - February 15, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Not gonna even look at a damn screenshot of that leaked Shit! Preorderd crysis 2 for PC weeks ago cant wait!!! btw Killzone 3 PS3 version leaked also lol some BAAD Employees going on a leak party
  • MattoMcFly - February 15, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Funny how "it's not wrong because they would have downloaded it anyways" is still a fallback defense for piracy. The damaging part about that line of thinking is that it allows piracy to grow as an culture and, in the process, become more and more acceptable and accessible amongst consumers. Disagree with EA's tactics all you want, and believe me I have gripes myself, but saying they either deserve it or that it's ok because they do this, that and the other thing is equally misguided. I'm not sure how saying that makes it propaganda, but I assure you EA only took me out to dinner and a movie, and nothing more.
  • Norsefire - February 15, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    Now dont go and diss all the pirates, many of us buy the games we like, if we like them, the piracy is just a try before u buy method for many ;)
  • Eliath - February 15, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    I have had this preordered for a while, and I will wait until it comes out. Frankly, I don't care one way or another that it was leaked.
  • luckyhat4 - February 15, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    No one else has mentioned this, so I will: artists who are "pirated" experience a boost in music sales. The only result of pirating is that more people play the game. And if most of these people pirating the game wouldn't have bought it anyway, what's your loss? Instead, people are being treated to a full experience of the game, usually minus multiplayer, and if they care enough they'll buy it. I am well aware of the fact that if I don't give money to developers, they'll go out of business--and the games I love will be gone. So even if I have downloaded a game, I'll still buy a copy of it--if I like it, and I'll just get it on Steam. Notice how they said piracy "continues to damage the PC packaged goods industry"? That's oddly specific. Steam's and similar services are the future, but publishers don't want to acknowledge the slow death of the bricks-and-mortar games industry. tl;dr: Direct download is the future, piracy will never go away, DRM hurts paying customers and not the pirates, piracy usually increases sales by exposing the game to a larger audience who is intelligent enough to know the developers need money to keep making games, and the leak is Crytek or EA's fault anyway. Good propaganda though, Matthew. I'm sure EA was pleased. :P
  • e1337prodigy - February 14, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    I agree GR. Stop this BS. This is what makes game developers stop making pc games and doing "exclusives" for consoles, because they are fed up of their hard work getting pirated for nothing. What's £30/$40 (i assume for USA) these days. Sometimes its less than that if you buy online.
  • moncealyo - February 14, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    It seems like an insider job
  • McSpermie - February 14, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    "Not final? This is a travesity! Our deep-felt condolenses go out to all who downloaded this file for free only to be subjected to a sub-par version of a game that took a talented army of developers countless hours of toil and sweat to produce." He wasn't even saying that it was, just pointing out not to expect the final game. And how are they ruining you buying the game when it comes out? They would have downloaded it anyways, whether it be now or then. Also how could you not even acknowledge the fact that someone that works at EA or Cryteck are the only people that could have leaked it? JohnnyMaverik had it right on the money. Relax Matt, the 5 year old in you is showing.
  • ClusterShart - February 14, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    But without Piracy leaking the game, Elitist PC gamers wouldn't be able to bitch about small objects not having insanely large textures, 'cause consoles...
  • LTS - February 14, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    I was ctually inpressrd with cryteks response. They didn't ... Cry too much. They basically did the equivalent of a parental headshake of dissapoval. They didn't sue anyone, they didn't call for the blocking of the internet, and they didn't use and bad excuses. Well done Crytek!
  • kor2disturbed - February 14, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    I'm not even a big pc gamer but it always hurts me to read about this especially to a game like Crysis.
  • DarthShizNit - February 14, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    It is as the emperor has forseen.
  • CH3BURASHKA - February 14, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    While I do not support piracy, EA isn't making it easy to gain my sympathy. At the same time that Crysis 2 is being torrented, EA announces that Mirror's Edge 2 is *still* not in their short-term plans: These two events are unrelated, of course, but wanting fan loyalty without the benefit of fan support isn't winning points with me, EA.
  • JohnnyMaverik - February 14, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    As somebody who has no interest in pirating this build, or indeed any build (unless there's a curve-ball last minute killer DRM announcement which I highly, highly doubt) of the game, I'm more pissed that it got leaked in the first place. Games getting leaked to pirates isn't unusual, but normally it happens when the game goes to print, for a beta build to get leaked is a little more sinister. The pirates are just doing what they do, I don't approve but expecting them to ignore a beta build of a high profile, AAA title that "falls" into their laps is like putting a panda in a bamboo forest then telling it to just eat meat... not guna happen. Who ever leaked it though, be it a person or persons at EA/Crytek, should be very, very ashamed of themselves... although they probably got paid pretty well so I doubt it sadly. Also in response to the original comment "video game pirates are the worst. and then people wonder why DRM is so intense" I think I should point out that us pc gamers wonder why the DRM is so intensely punishing for the paying users because that's exactly what it does, it punishes the people who buy a legitimate copy (when it's bad, there have been and still are effective, at least mostly non intrusive DRM methods) not the pirates, they rip the DRM off and get a pirate version out there usually with-in a couple days of release, I think the longest it took for a fully working pirate copy to get released was with the Ubisoft always online DRM, and that was only around a month.
  • DeFade - February 14, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Since they're calling it a leak and not a theft it woulnd't hurt for them to take some responsibility. Obviously someone somewhere in that company fucked up. I mostly agree with their position and statements on piracy, but Crytek's love of playing the victim just.... annoys me somehow. Read above. wonder how many completed downloads there will be when this story has finished circulating the gamesradar and pcgamer pages of the world? :P
  • potpan0 - February 14, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    This actually makes me angry. How dare Cryteck let an UNFINISHED build be released on the internet. They could of had the decency to let the full-polished version be illegally released for free. [Note the sarcastic font]
  • DeathByYeti - February 14, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    I love that everyone seems to be blaming piracy for this when it can only be an EA or Crytek employee that let this game out. I am not supporting or defending pirates, just saying how is this a pirates fault?
  • Hydrohs - February 14, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    It being leaked now means nothing. Those who were going to buy are still going to buy it, those who were still going to pirate it anyway are still going to pirate the final version when that is released.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - February 14, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Boycott greed! Download for free and show EA that we will no longer stand for their evil practices! [end sarcasm]

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