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Crytek lay-offs imminent as Codename: Kingdoms developement moves to Frankfurt

Friday, 6th May 2011 17:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A source close to Crytek’s Budapest studio has told Gamasutra that the firm is poised to make 30-35 employees redundant at its Budapest studio.

According to the source, those remaining at the Budapest location will switch from working on the firm’s project Codename: Kingdoms for Microsoft, to tablet titles from here on out.

Lay-offs are rumored to occur within the “next few weeks,” with the studio going from 80 workers to between 30-35. The person close to the matter said the firm is culling the head count due to Codename: Kingdoms being moved to Cyrtek’s Frankfurt studio due to a “sudden decision” from Microsoft Game Studios.

The source also said nine workers were already been laid off due to the project’s Frankfurt move, but Crytek is keeping as many employees on until it can present the Kinect enabled, action-melee title Codename: Kingdoms at E3 in June.

Avni Yerli, managing director for the Frankfurt studios responded to the move, without going into great detail: “We can confirm that our Budapest studio is getting a new direction and focus.”

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11 Comments

  1. Stardog

    I also wonder what Black Sea are up to. Are they next for the chop? They made a great game in Knights of Honor and haven’t done much since.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crytek_Black_Sea

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    “Good news people; Crysis 2 did very well, you’re all fired.”

    #2 4 years ago
  3. BULArmy

    Crytek Black See are most probably doing a CryEngine 3 based MMO.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @3, can you confirm this?

    Currently there are two Crytek projects.
    1 – codename Kingdoms – crytek Budapest
    2 – Warface – Crytek Seoul

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    Sucks for all those affected =(

    Btw when was kingdoms confirmed to be kinect enabled? O_o

    #5 4 years ago
  6. sb319

    Presumably bad news for the other studios involved in Kingdoms too?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. The_Red

    @2
    I don’t think it did very well. It didn’t bomb but wasn’t a big success either in terms of sales. It’s really sad how the only games that sell these days are either cloned military shooters or 251th sequel of Pokemon.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. rrw

    #4 rumor in korea forum that Crytek Black Sea is helping (possibly main dev) to make Warface.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. BULArmy

    @4 In a bulgarian developer game forum I saw a concept and listing for job with MMO experience, as rrw maybe is Warface, but the piece of conceprt showed more of a fantasy, but Warface is the most obvious for now. It is for sure MMO and it is for sure a PC exclusive game.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Big_Boss

    Crytek can suck my ass! I have lost all respect for them since Crysis 2.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. wiking

    @7 I don’t know what you’re on about. There’s plenty of variety in the stuff that sells, you’ve forgotten the 351st sequel of Mario

    #11 4 years ago

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