Back in September 2020, we informed you about an unofficial remaster of the original PC Crysis game in Cryengine 5.6.6. This remaster was promising to introduce a lot of new graphical features, and bring the original game to a brand new version of Cryengine. However, it appears that Crytek has shut down this project.
Spotted by Reddit’s balubalai, the creator of this mod has confirmed that Crytek has not approved this project (which basically means that it shut it down).
In case you weren’t aware of, this unofficial Crysis Remaster would have Raytracing, SVOGI , and Volumetric lighting. Additionally, it would have Dynamic and Volumetric Clouds and Fog, as well as more CE5 exclusive features. Basically, this unofficial remaster promised to feature most, if not all, of the graphical improvements of Crysis Remastered.
We don’t really know why Crytek has decided to shut it down. My guess is that the team was not comfortable with such a mod. After all, this unofficial remaster would – obviously – put pressure, or even harm, its very own remaster.
Furthermore, it appears that Crysis Enhanced Edition has been also shut down. When trying to access its download page on ModDB, gamers are greeted with the following message.
In conclusion, Crytek has shut down two mods that were aiming to become better than its very own remaster. It’s a sad day for the modding community, but it is what it is. Ironically, though, Crytek has not resolved yet the Crysis Remastered’s grass physics bug.
According to Remaster Studio, a new version of Crysis Enhanced Edition will release soon. Two weeks ago, the team stated that it’s working on an update, and that it’s hoping to deliver it very soon. Still, it’s unknown why it has taken down the previous version of the mod.