After leaked product details from EA outed the development of Crysis 3 last week, EA has officially announced that the "sandbox shooter" is on the way, and is on track to release next spring.

In the year 2047, Crysis 2 protagonist Prophet returns to New York on a quest for revenge against the Ceph corporation, who has put a massive nanobubble called the "Liberty Dome" on the city, sealing it off from the outside world. In the years since Prophet left, nature has retaken New York, transforming it into a unique ecosystem with seven "distinct and treacherous" environments for players to explore.

EA has also taken the announcement as an opportunity to get a head start enticing players with pre-order bonuses. Pre-ordering the game will net players Crysis 3: Hunter Edition, which adds a five-level head start in multiplayer, which grants early access to that nifty composite bow on the box cover, along with a special nanosuit module.

In addition to that baseline pre-order bonus, there are three additional retailer-exclusive bonuses, though it hasn't been released which retailers will be handing them out. (I'd guess Gamestop, Best Buy, and Amazon.)

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