Sept 24, 2007
Developer, Crytek has announced that Crysis' single-player demo will be delayed until October 26. In an official statement Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli said "We are taking some extra time to make sure that you have an amazing experience but also we did not want to risk the release date of Crysis at this stage. To get the game into your hands by November the 16th, we had to make this call."
While disappointing, news that the demo has been delayed to ensure the game ships on time is not strange in and of itself. However, the original release date had been scheduled for September 25, which coincides with Halo 3's US release. Many fans are questioning Crytek's motive for the delay, speculating that the demo has been purposefully delayed to avoid letting Halo 3 steal all of Crysis' thunder.
Yerli also unveiled the "big surprise" that Crytek had previously mentioned would release with the demo, saying "The SP demo will be released with our CryEngine 2 - Sandbox 2 game editor, giving the community the opportunity to get familiar with the vast amount of tools they will have at their disposal four weeks before we ship, something we have always wanted to do."