It looks like Gamespy is on a tear as they are following yesterday's announcement
of being included in the Epic engine with one today that they will be providing the multiplayer match making system for Crysis
. In addition to the multiplayer matchmaking, stat tracking, and community features the PR states the game will be using Gamespy's Beta testing program which may indicate that a beta for the game is imminent.
GAMESPY ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH CRYTEK GMBH TO PROVIDE MULTIPLAYER TECHNOLOGY FOR CRYSIS
Highly-Anticipated First-Person Shooter to Utilize GameSpy’s Technology, Including Comrade Instant Messaging, Profiles and Beta Testing Program
BRISBANE, Calif. – August 16, 2007 – IGN Entertainment’s GameSpy, a leader in multi-platform online gaming technology, today announced a licensing deal to incorporate GameSpy’s multiplayer online technology into Crytek’s upcoming sci-fi, first-person shooter game, Crysis. Under the terms of the agreement, Crytek will utilize a broad range of GameSpy technologies for online gaming and community integration in the upcoming release of Crysis. Additionally, Crytek will leverage GameSpy’s Beta testing program to expose the game to a worldwide network of gaming enthusiasts.
"By incorporating our leading online gaming and community technology into Crysis, GameSpy has formed a valuable partnership with Crytek, a true innovator in next-generation gaming,” said Jamie Berger, SVP Consumer Products & Technology for IGN Entertainment. "As GameSpy continues to expand its suite of in-game, web, and desktop gaming technologies, we will continue to align ourselves with world-class developers and highly-anticipated titles such as Crysis.”
Crysis will contain GameSpy technologies, including:
- GameSpy’s “Comrade” in-game middleware and desktop technology that enables seamless in-game to out-of-game community features, such as instant messaging, friend rosters, advanced matchmaking capabilities.
- GameSpy’s “Sake” will allow Crytek to store data securely online, enabling gamers to build extensive player profiles and maintain game stats.
- GameSpy’s “ATLAS” allowing Crytek to easily create an advanced statistical system for competitions within the game and on the Crysis Web site.
“GameSpy has successfully addressed our needs and wants in providing Crysis the latest in online multiplayer technology and helping to meet gamers’ expectations for one of the most anticipated games of the year,” said Avni Yerli, Managing Director of Crytek. “By utilizing the beta test program and latest GameSpy technologies, we have been able to provide a complete solution in developing a multiplayer experience that meets our high standard of excellence.”
GameSpy will also be hosting a beta test program for Crysis, giving Crytek the ability to test Crysis with gaming enthusiasts. To be available at FilePlanet, ( http://www.fileplanet.com/), this beta program will allow Crytek to fine-tune Crysis and receive feedback on gameplay, while detecting any early problems within the game. The beta test program will provide invaluable feedback and generate buzz for the game leading up to its November release.
Crysis is a sci-fi action game from the award-winning developer Crytek. The first-person shooter puts gamers in the pivotal role of repelling an alien invasion on mankind. Crysis offers players a highly immersive game experience in which gamers will have to adapt tactics, weaponry, the Nanosuit and gameplay style to survive and defeat the alien invasion. Highly robust and easy-to-use mod toolsets shipping with the final game will allow players to create their own expansive levels with game modes for both multiplayer and single player.
GameSpy, a division of IGN Entertainment, is the leader in multiplayer gaming technology. Utilized by each of world's top ten publishers, GameSpy's technology is accessible on eight different platforms and featured in more than 500 current titles. With more than 19 million registered users, GameSpy has the tools, expertise and ingenuity to help connect gamers, induce competition, foster community and create new commerce opportunities. IGN Entertainment is a unit of Fox Interactive Media.
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 30 million unique users worldwide in the month of May 2007, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the Web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website, Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle Websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S. and in Montreal.
About Crytek GmbH
Crytek, creator of the multiple award winning true next-generation first person shooter Far Cry, and the upcoming blockbuster hit Crysis, is an interactive entertainment development company with its headquarters located in Frankfurt/Main, Germany and additional studios in Kiev, Ukraine and Budapest, Hungary. Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high quality video games for the PC and next-generation consoles, powered by their proprietary cutting edge 3D-Game-Technology CryENGINE 2(R). For more information about Crytek, please visit http://www.crytek.com.