Good news everyone! Actually, maybe not everyone, but just PC enthusiasts; the gamers with beefy graphics cards stuffed into their machines. Crysis 2 developer Crytek has confirmed that their free “DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade” is done and will be made available on 27 June. Hey, that’s next week Monday!
Oddly enough, Crysis 2 shipped earlier this year with no DirectX 11 support at all – the more jaded PC gamers blamed Crytek’s decision on their releasing the game on consoles at the same time. Regardless, the franchise that was synonymous with state of the art graphics and making PCs cry was not so when it launched – except for perhaps the latter part there.
The upgrade will require you to update to version 1.9 of the game. There will be additional add-ons that provide the DX 11 upgrades. Things like “hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping, and several upgrades for shadows, water, particles, depth of field, and motion blur” will be included. I suggest you jot down those buzz words so that you sound intelligent the next time you’re chatting to hardware geeks at a LAN or something. For those who have no clue what tessellation or parallax occlusion mapping is, go here for some very handy GIF images courtesy of NeoGAF user Markao. That tessellation be some fancy wizardry, yo.