Crytek has revealed that they will announce a new project in April. There’s no details about what the game may be, and all Crytek says is that it’s “spectacular” and that, “the team are doing really, really well and it’s just really nice to see the team really enthusiastic about what they’re doing. They’re really happy.” And I’m happy to hear that the team is happy. That’s always good. But I’m wondering:
Are they working on something that will come to the Wii U?
We won’t know until April, of course, but as long as this project is a multi-platform title (and I have a strong hunch that it will be), there’s no reason to not bring it to the Wii U. We already know that Crytek has the dev kit and their engine is running on the hardware, so there are no technical limitations. It’s more of a matter of, do they want to?
But let’s assume they do. We can’t know their intentions before the announcement, so let’s pretend Crytek will release this project on the Wii U. Then the question becomes: what is the project?
And it seems like it’ll be one of two possibilities, the first of which is a job ad from last month that confirmed Electronic Arts and Crytek are working together again This was the collaboration that brought Crysis into the world, so it’d make sense that Crysis 3 is in development. Nick Button-Brown of Crytek did mention that the new project is the “best of that kind of project we’ve ever done”, and that suggests they’re working on a first-person shooter, as that’s what they have experience with, and that makes Crysis a likely fit.
It could be something else though. It could be TimeSplitters 4. This theory begins with a quote from Karl Hilton of Crytek UK. In November of 2010, he shared that:
We’re talking to publishers at the moment about whether [TimeSplitters is] a viable route or not.
And then it was in July of last year that the game was meant to be announced “soon”, although that never happened. But maybe the announcement is real, and it was simply delayed? We’ll have to wait until April, I guess. To me though, Crysis is the more-likely candidate, and also the better bet as to what would come to the Wii U, but something is coming, and hopefully it’s something I can write about on this blog.