Crysis 3 Coming to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Spring 2013

News that Crysis 3 is coming isn’t that much of a surprise considering EA accidentally leaked the news on Origin last week in the form of a product listing, but now it’s official (and intentional); EA announced Crysis 3 this morning, and it’s coming next year.

Crysis 3 takes place in 2047, roughly 24 years after the second game in Crytek’s first-person franchise. Players will once again be returning to New York, but it won’t exactly be familiar territory; New York is encapsulated in a “nanodome” that causes a rainforest to sprout out from the ground. To put it one way, Crytek is merging the settings from the first two games.

In Crysis 3, you’ll once again be playing as (semi-spoiler alert for Crysis 2) the protagonist from Crysis 2, who awakes at the end of the game to be “Prophet.” You’ll have a variety of new gadgets at your disposal, including a new-and-improved nanosuit, alien technology, and a good old fashioned composite bow.

“Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,” said Cevat Yerli, chief executive officer of Crytek. “Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.”

Despite the fact that EA and Crytek just announced Crysis 3, they’re already talking pre-order incentives. If you pre-order the game over on Origin or “participating” retailers, you’ll automatically be upgraded to Crysis 3 Hunter Edition, which gives players “early” access to the new bow and its various attachments, plus a multiplayer XP boost until level 5 to go along with it.

EA will also be offering retail-specific pre-order incentives for Crysis 3, including the Striker, Overkill, and Predator packs. Here’s a rundown on what all three will offer:

Stalker Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: for players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
Overkill Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
Predator Pack — Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60 round magazine the Feline is highly effective and deadly, at short range.

Crysis 3 will release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 spring 2013.