Crytek Shutters Five Studios

Crytek Shutters Five Studios

Crytek is shuttering five studios, the developer announced today. Studios in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China, and Turkey have all closed their doors so the company can “refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.”

This news follows in the wake of financial troubles for the game and engine creator, with employees receiving paychecks months late. A similar event happened in 2014 too.

As Kotaku reports, only two studios will now remain open – one in Frankfurt, Germany, and another in Kiev, Ukraine. Kotaku also received reports from Crytek staff that the company sold their free-to-play game Warface and its sequel to Russian publisher Mail.ru.

According to a press release, Crytek has “put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future” for those affected by the shakeup. It’s unknown what these measure entail.

“Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we’d like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek,” said managing director Avni Yerli. “These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry’s top talent.”

“The reasons for this have been communicated internally along the way,” Yerli continued. “Our focus now lies entirely on the core strengths that have always defined Crytek – world-class developers, state-of-the-art technology and innovative game development, and we believe that going through this challenging process will make us a more agile, viable, and attractive studio, primed for future success.”

Crytek developed such games as Crysis, and Ryse. They were also a technology company, creating the CryEngine.



 

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 9:01 AM
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Not surprising, all things considered; they haven't put out a game in Christ knows how long. You won't make money in the games industry if you don't, you know, make games.

Heart goes out to the employees though, none of this is their fault.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 10:12 AM
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Great timing too nothing like losing your job at Christmas. Good luck with finding new jobs to the staff effected.
 
 
 
Posted by Xenojay
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 10:52 AM
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Esssssshhhhh...these guys are just...not doing it right at all. Far out.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 11:40 AM
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Sucks for all those who lost their jobs - but I wont really miss Crytek.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 3:30 PM
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not the biggest fan of crysis, but this really sucks for the no doubt talented devs
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 7:38 PM
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Never good news for developers.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Wednesday 21 Dec 2016 9:50 PM
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A shame to see a company that "pushed the limits" of graphical fidelity go down.
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Thursday 22 Dec 2016 1:08 AM
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A shame they didnt make a sequel to Ryse, I enjoyed that game. They ruined Crysis after the first game, and idk why they didnt make a Timesplitters HD trilogy remaster/remake/sequel.
 
 
 
Posted by Seraphim
On Thursday 22 Dec 2016 9:00 AM
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Not surprised. I am surprised however with how the employees stayed after going without pay for months on end.
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Thursday 22 Dec 2016 11:22 AM
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22 December 2016, 01:08 AM Reply to ironfist92
A shame they didnt make a sequel to Ryse, I enjoyed that game. They ruined Crysis after the first game, and idk why they didnt make a Timesplitters HD trilogy remaster/remake/sequel.
Yeah, I thought the first Crysis game was the best by a long shot. Surprising really, doesn't normally work out like that.
 
 
 
Posted by esthergraves444
On Tuesday 27 Dec 2016 2:21 AM
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21 December 2016, 09:01 AM Reply to Xaphriel
Not surprising, all things considered; they haven't put out a game in Christ knows how long. You won't make money in the games industry if you don't, you know, make games.

Heart goes out to the employees though, none of this is their fault.
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