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SVOGI and better animations, but no ray-tracing for on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S: Crytek highlights key features in the upcoming Crysis 2 remaster

Crysis 2 Remastered will feature a host of new features on both console and PC (Image source: Crytek)
Crysis 2 Remastered will feature a host of new features on both console and PC (Image source: Crytek)
Crytek employees showcased Crysis 2 gameplay on Twitch, with the game slated to arrive on October 15th. A detailed list of new enhancements was also shared: Crysis 2 will be receiving SVOGI, hardware ray-tracing, and a raft of other features. However, RT will be limited to PC.

With just a day to go prior to its October 15th release, a pair of Crytek employees streamed live gameplay footage of Crysis 2 Remastered on Twitch. The live Twitch footage showcased a host of significant visual enhancements built into the game, as well as general quality-of-life improvements. 

A list of the improvements in place was shared alongside the Twitch stream, giving potential buyers a clearer picture of what Crytek’s put into the remaster. Most notable are a number of improvements to screen-space effects. Crytek’s deploying Screen Space Shadowing, Screen Space Direction Occlusion, and SSGI global illumination. We also see improvements to SVOGI, Crytek’s voxel-based GI solution. Crytek’s also added in enhanced, 60 FPS weapon and water animations.

Notably, Crytek appears to have passed over both current and next-gen consoles when it comes to ray-tracing. The improvement list states that software and hardware ray-tracing are both exclusive to PC. Considering that the original Crysis remastered featured software ray-tracing even on eighth-gen platforms like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, this omission is puzzling. The lack of RT, though, will hopefully mean enhanced performance relative to Crysis Remastered. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-10-14 (Update: 2021-10-14)