Crysis goes 'platinum' after less than three months

— 1:52 PM on February 1, 2008

Crytek's latest title is selling better than expected, revealed publisher Electronic Arts during its latest quarterly earnings conference call. As Shacknews reports, EA says the game has "exceeded expectations" and gone "platinum," most likely meaning it has sold a million copies since its U.S. release in mid-November.

Crysis' performance could be considered a turnaround given the fact that market research firm NPD said sales of the game were low before Christmas last year. Back then, the game's apparently poor performance was attributed to its demanding engine, which can bring even today's fastest graphics cards to their knees if users dare bump up the resolution and increase the detail level. Shacknews partly credits the European market, where it says the PC is a more popular gaming platform, for Crysis' commercial performance.

Somewhat less surprisingly, EA also names Valve's Orange Box bundle as a particularly strong seller, saying it, too, has exceeded expectations so far. (The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.) Nonetheless, EA says its revenue from PC games has decreased 30% as a whole over the past year.

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