The upcoming Crysis Remastered (opens in new tab)'s highest graphics setting, described as a graphics mode "designed to demand every last bit of your hardware with unlimited settings," is named after a meme. That's right, it's the "Can it Run Crysis?" graphics setting. Earlier today, Crytek released a 4k screenshot on the game's official Twitter account using the new graphics settings.
"Can it Run Crysis?" was a 2007-era meme about how punishing the original game was on contemporary PC hardware. "Can it run Crysis?" It was a staple of comments sections on everything from new graphics card releases to supercomputers getting installed at CERN. PC Gamer revisited that meme in 2017 (opens in new tab) and found it to still be, uh, pretty honest a decade later.
The graphics in the new screenshot are impressive, but Twitter compression isn't doing the shot any favors. There's definitely some really intensive ray tracing stuff going on, and it looks to me like there's not much, if any, LODs: So all detail is displayed at every render distance. It appears that the infamous texture pop will not be making an appearance in the updated game when it releases on September 19.
Crytek did recently release the system requirements for Crysis Remastered (opens in new tab), which were surprisingly reasonable, but suffice to say that those requirements are… not for running the game on this graphics setting.
Today's post is dedicated to our PC community!We want to show you, for the very first time, an in-game screenshot using the new "Can it Run Crysis?" Graphic mode, which is designed to demand every last bit of your hardware with unlimited settings - exclusively on PC! pic.twitter.com/kVHEf63oWeSeptember 6, 2020
A helpful netizen on Reddit (opens in new tab) went and took a screenshot of the original on Very High settings. I've put it alongside the original here for comparison purposes:
Crysis remastered will release September 19th on the Epic Games store (opens in new tab). This release comes after the game was delayed following a leaked game teaser getting totally, mercilessly roasted on social media. (opens in new tab)