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Crytek has seven studios, military contracts

Saturday, 25th September 2010 22:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has said the reason the company has been able to expand so rapidly in the past few years – enough to have seven studios under its umbrella – is due to its “secretive engine business”.

First rule of Crytek: We don’t talk about the seventh studio

Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, Yerli said the company licenses its CryEngine to more than just game developers.

“Part of [the reason for company growth] is that we have a very good secretive engine business,” he said. “We have some other contracts going on as well for some other non-game industries. From that perspective, it’s been a good, privileged position to be able to do that and also work on our own IPs.

“Working with a partner like EA also brings in funds. Our most recent game is signed up with Microsoft as well, which helps us bring in finances to develop technology and awesome games.

“Since March, we’ve been doing very well with [CryEngine 3].

“There is a whole industry in serious games, and we have a lot of contracts going on from gas and oil companies, General Electric, all the way to SOCOM.

“We have a lot of military companies working with our technology, in fact. Technologies, simulations, contract work, whatever they need and whatever they want. We have a studio for serious game development. That studio is a subsidiary of Crytek, but it’s not called Crytek. It’s studio number seven — so secret I didn’t even mention it.”

Lots of games in the pipe, but we don’t talk about them right now

Yerli goes on to say every studio has its own head of production and management team, and Crytek grew its infrastructure before it started growing in game development itself.

He also said keeping up with all the studios is easier, thanks to focusing on only one game at a time, but it can still be “a challenge to maintain quality everywhere”.

“Right now Crysis 2 is the focus, and after that another game,” he said. “We have a lot of games in the pipe, but we don’t talk about them right now.”

Crysis 2 hits the US on March 22, and Europe on March 25 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and it’s been called by Crytek a “choreographed sandbox” title.

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14 Comments

  1. DSB

    Crytek talks a lot.

    I’ve seen lots of companies flaunt military contracts, but so far I’m yet to see any military using the “infantry simulators” they buy, for anything more than a glorified powerpoint presentation in tactics classes.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. jeremycafe

    That sadly is exactly why they keep buying this kind of stuff. Every time I see a 3D viewer requirement in contracts I shake my head because there is absolutely no training benefits coming from the current uses. The government is failing pretty hard on how to incorporate “game” technology into government software.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. BULArmy

    And I am very proud to be working in one of these seven :D
    But on the oder hand it is very annoying what the bosses in Germany are doing, whit all the trash talking…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    stfu noo ur not ur just gay

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    @2 It really makes you think when it’s so hard to gather support for neccesary research projects, and the adaptation of new weapons.

    I think it was a US defense secretary who once said that if you need a masterclass in wasteful spending, spend some time in the Pentagon. Sadly that goes for pretty much every other defense ministry I know of, as well.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. James Mac

    It’s so secret we don’t even talk about it… except for now, when I’m talking about it?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Lord Gremlin

    A sign of shitty game №26: developer is talking a lot.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. polygem

    Ah they support oil and gas companys and the military? Wow how cool…in that case crytek can kiss my greeny prick ass from now on.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Freek

    Yeah, that was a load of nonsense, especially considering there was a demo movie with allot of the non games stuff a while back.
    Saying you have a secret studio sounds cooler then actaully explaining you have a studio making a lot of training and archectual tools.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    “Right now Crysis 2 is the focus, and after that another game,”

    Crysis 2 has 7/10 written all over it.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    @10 – for me, yes

    for overenthusiastic and impressionable reviewers? nope -_-

    #11 4 years ago
  12. rainer

    VG247 left out the bit in the interview where he laughs after talking about the secret studio obviously just joking around on it’s status.

    Crytek having a subsidiary is no surprise that deals with anyone who wants their tech, that sort of business has happened since the early days of the games industry.

    At least they are not constantly bragging like Epic are.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 They aren’t?! :P

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Neolucifer

    lately they have been .

    #14 4 years ago

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