Rumour: Crytek was paid money to delay support of DirectX 11 for Crysis 2
When it was announced that Crysis 2 will not be supporting DirectX11, Crytek was met with a lot of criticism, and it got lesser scores than what it should have… well, more or less.
NVidia was reported to have spent around $2 million for marketing of their graphics card, GTX 590. They made a deal with EA that allowed them exclusive features for the PC version of Crysis 2.
According to the rumour mentioned in the title, the money NVidia paid to EA was not for marketing, but to delay the support for DirectX 11 in Crysis 2, so that players would have access to their graphics card when DirectX 11 ‘s support was released. The rumour also says that DirectX 11 will only support GTX 590 in Crysis 2.
NVidia have been notorious for such stunts before. They did the same with Arkham Asylum, which got disabled every time it read AMD’s ATI Radeon graphics hardware.
AMD’s Ian McNaughton later confirmed this. He said: “Additionally, the in-game AA option was removed when ATI cards are detected. We were able to confirm this by changing the ids of ATI graphics cards in the Batman demo. By tricking the application, we were able to get in-game AA option where our performance was significantly enhanced. The option is not available for the retail game as there is a secure-rom”
We will keep you updated. Till then, read out Xbox 360 and PS3 reviews of Crysis 2. Our PC review will be up soon, and we will have video reviews as well.