Why the next Crysis won't be called 'Crysis 4'

Crysis 3 is helping the "games with bows" initiative that's rocking the country, but Crytek doesn't plan to stop there. The company is already planning for the future of the franchise, and the next game won't be "Crysis 4" in name or spirit.

"[Crysis 3] is the end of the story of Crysis, but it doesn't mean it's the end of the franchise," Crytek's Cevat Yerli told Eurogamer. We are finalizing the story arc of Prophet and concluding in a dramatic way. But we are excited about the DNA of Crysis and of the franchise." The game isn't in pre-production yet, but Yerli says that's because the team wants to look at it more long-term and make a more "radical" shift.

The game doesn't have a publisher or a business model set. Yerli has previously declared the company would switch to a free-to-play model, but says this game might be a hybrid between a retail game and F2P. Still, he's insistent that the model is the 'inevitable future' for the industry, and says that a plan is in place for a F2P version of Crysis. "How this looks and when this will be done, whether this is the next one or the next next one, is to be decided," he said.

It doesn't even have a name, but we know what it won't be called. "I wouldn't name it Crysis 4 at this stage because it would be misleading," Yerli said. "We want to finalize Prophet's story and Crysis 4 would imply the story just moves on."