Update: In an interesting bit of related news, Sweclockers reports that Nvidia disclosed in a press event today that Crysis 2 will only ship with a DirectX 9 renderer later this month, and that DX11 support would be added to the game later down the road via a patch.

As promised, Crytek and Electronic Arts have finally released a PC version of the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo that will give fans of the first-person shooter title a taste of what CryEngine 3 has to offer on state of the art hardware. Just like the previously exclusive Xbox 360 demo, this release includes two maps and two game modes for users to try out.

The first map, Skyline, is set along New York rooftops and is playable in Team Deathmatch. The second, Pier 17, is a more open map that's playable in Crash Site mode -- a variant of King of the Hill where you will fight for control of alien drop pods and rack up points in the process. The 1.6GB download can be picked up from our download section.

The full Crysis 2 multiplayer will include six gameplay modes: Instant Action, Team Instant Action, Crash Site, Capture the Relay, Extraction and Assault, set across 12 maps in Crytek’s recreation of the New York City, featuring a 50-level progression system and unlockable Nanosuit upgrades. The game will be hitting PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms on March 22 for U.S. gamers, then a few days following on March 25 for European residents.