cevatyerli Interviews

Crytek: Graphics Are “60% Of The Game”


We caught up with Cevat Yerli to ask him one of the most debated questions in the history of gaming…

Crytek boss Cevat Yerli is – like many whose stripes rank them well outside of PR influence – a man who speaks his mind.

When asked whether he feels better graphics mean better gameplay or not, his answer surprised us.

Why? Because finally, here’s someone using common sense to reach what is in our opinion the right answer to this question.

“People say that graphics don’t matter,” says Yerli, “but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter. It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay.”

“In Crysis 3 it’s the grass and the vegetation, the way the physics runs the grass interact and sways them in the wind. You can read when an AI enemy is running towards you just by observing the way the grass blades.

“Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion.”

“And immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.”

“The better the graphics, the better the physics, the better the sound design, the better the technical assets and production values are – paired with the art direction, making things look spectacular and stylistic is 60 per cent of the game.”

You may, of course, disagree with him.