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.”
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.