If stereoscopic 3D isn’t the future, the entertainment and hardware industries are certainly trying their hardest to make it so. During the Electronics Arts press conference at E3 today, Crytek announced that Crysis 2, its upcoming multi-platform shooter, will enable stereoscopic 3D graphics on PCs and consoles alike.
Crytek’s press release includes a statement by CEO Cevat Yerli, who claims Crysis 2 will be the "the first big action game to be available in true stereoscopic 3D." He adds, "The 3D experience represents a quantum leap in interactive entertainment. With all of the same story and action seen in the 2D version of the game, the 3D version adds another dimension of intensity and immersion to the action."
3D support will be available for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, although in all three cases, you’ll need to get either a compatible display, some stereoscopic goggles, or both to enjoy stereoscopic graphics. PC users may have to invest in a hardware upgrade, too; when we tested Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology, we noticed that enabling 3D induced some pretty major frame rate drops.
Crysis 2 is still scheduled for a multi-platform release "this holiday season." The game will be set in New York City amidst an alien invasion.