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Crysis 3: First screens and details released

The "premier sandbox shooter experience of 2013," says EA

After some fun with leaks, EA and Crytek have officially announced Crysis 3, which they describe as "the premier sandbox shooter experience of 2013."

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Powered by CryEngine 3, Crysis 3 "advances the state of the art with unparalleled visuals and dynamic shooter gameplay," the developer claims.

The third game sees players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York, only to discover the city's been encased in a giant Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation

"The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers," the official blurb reads. "Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders.

"This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet."

Set in 2047, Prophet is said to be on a "revenge mission" after uncovering the truth behind Cell's motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. "The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were resurrected to protect the population and to cleanse these metropolises of the remnants of Ceph forces," says EA.

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"In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL's covert attempt at a land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. With Alien Ceph lurking around every corner and human enemies on the attack, nobody is safe in the path of vengeance. Everyone is a target in Prophet's quest for retribution."

EA's confirmed a special edition of the game, which grants early access to the new signature bow weapon, among other goodies.

Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli says of the game: "Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love.

"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."

The first Crysis 3 details appeared late last week via a Russian website, which narrowed the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC threequel's release down to spring 2013

A jungle in New York City sounds a bit Jumanji to us, but if it helps to combine the best bits of both Crysis games then we're delighted.

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