Crytek, the developer behind the popular Crysis first-person shooter series, is calling for next-generation consoles to block used games, describing the idea as “absolutely awesome.” The studio, which will release the much-anticipated third instalment of the Crysis franchise in Spring 2013, said that sales of Crysis 2, which numbered three million in four months, could have been much higher, with more revenue raised, were it not for the second-hand game industry and piracy. Banning used games is therefore seen as one solution. "From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome," said Rasmus Hojengaard, director of creative development at Crytek, according to CVG. "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 the most pirated game in 2011, but illegal downloads are a whole different area to the used game market, and a comparison between the two will understandably upset both brick-and-mortar game stores, which often thrive on second-hand games, and the players themselves, many of whom cannot afford the often hefty retail prices of a brand new game. Crytek wants to make sure that if protections are put in place on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 to prohibit used games that they are not too complex for developers, which could interfere with the production of games. So no concerns for the players then.