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Crytek: Xbox 720 with preowned game block would be "absolutely awesome"

"It's weird that it is still allowed," says Crysis 3 man

Crytek's director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard has said he's all for the idea of an anti-preowned next generation Xbox console. Smart work, old chap. I think you may have just sowed the seeds of another fan boycott.

An Xbox 720 with a built-in system that rejects secondhand games was rumoured to be on the cards in January. It's not clear how such a system would work.

"The worst thing that can happen is they make something that's very complex for developers, regardless of how awesome it might theoretically be," Hojengaard told CVG at a preview event, discussing next gen hardware at large.

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"So getting hardware that allows you to quickly get prototypes up and running, and any kind of scalability they can offer will be great as well, as long as everyone has that scalability and not just a select few."

Asked about the anti-preowned rumour, he commented: "from a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It's weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well."

Crysis 2 was last year's most pirated game on PC. Hojengaard described the situation as "very flattering and upsetting at the same time. Obviously you miss so much revenue, it's so clear that a lot of people want to play your game but they don't really want to pay for it, which is unfortunately really disappointing.

"It's also a little flattering because people are willing to bother download these 10GB files or whatever the game takes because they think it looks great. We obviously want to avoid that this time, but even if we can convert 25 percent of those gamers into paying customers [you have an extra million sales]."

How might such a feat be achieved? "You'd have to ask someone who knows something about that, because it's not me."

By all means check out our Crysis 3 gameplay preview once the red mists dissipate.

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